Grid Reliability

Can Blockchain Unlock A Sustainable Future?

Sun Blankets New York City, Ahead Of Cold Front Returning Despite Start Of Spring

Blockchain – a really high-tech “spreadsheet” or ledger used to record transactions securely – offers exciting potential for clean energy. With the rapid rise of distributed energy technologies — such as rooftop solar, batteries, smart energy devices, and electric vehicles — some analysts believe the market for blockchain applications in the energy sector is many times larger than it is… Keep reading →

German Electricity Grid Insufficient For New Energy Needs

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives recently passed legislation regarding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Obama's New Proposed Regulations On Coal Energy Production Met With Ire Through Kentucky's Coal Country

The notion that failing coal and nuclear plants need to be propped up by Washington continues to be advanced by some in the administration and, of course, members of the industries that would benefit from bailouts – usually by attacking natural gas and its infrastructure. In recent months we’ve rebutted their claims that the nation’s electricity… Keep reading →

California Power Grid Strained By Heat Wave

In the past year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has used the issue of grid resilience as cover for an aggressive campaign to funnel a multi-billion-dollar yearly bailout to the owners of old, uneconomic coal and nuclear power plants. Although this DOE effort was rightly rejected by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in January, the issue of… Keep reading →

National Grid Announces Controversial New Power Line Route

A recent report published by ISO-New England, the Operational Fuel Security Analysis, has certainly grabbed the region’s attention. “The ISO has been able to maintain power system reliability during severe winter conditions without using all its emergency procedures,” the report says. “However, the evolving generation mix is increasingly susceptible to variable and uncertain factors.” The study… Keep reading →

DOE Agency Celebrates 40 years Of Service To America

British Government Signs A Deal For New Nuclear Power Plant

Western Area Power Administration is celebrating 40 years of service to its customers on Thursday, Dec. 21—the anniversary of its official designation as WAPA. WAPA was created, Oct. 1, 1977, as part of the same legislation that created the Department of Energy: the Energy Organization Act of 1977. That day, about 900 employees responsible for… Keep reading →

German Electricity Grid Insufficient For New Energy Needs

U.S. energy regulators have asked for public comment on a rule proposed by the Secretary of Energy that would require organized grid operators to pay certain electric generators for their grid reliability and resilience benefits.

Renewable Energy Update – August 2017 #4

New Combined Electricity Project Connect Spain and France

On Wednesday night, the Department of Energy released its highly anticipated grid study after months of speculation, controversy, and a leaked early draft.

Republican Presidential Candidates Debate On Economy In New Hampshire

Late Wednesday night, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released its so-called “study” on grid reliability. Secretary Perry commissioned the report in this April memo, asking the DOE to investigate whether our electric grid’s reliability is threatened by the “erosion of critical baseload resources,” meaning coal and nuclear power plants. Perry took the unusual step of… Keep reading →

California Power Grid Strained By Heat Wave

Electricity is becoming increasingly affordable throughout the United States. This fact was not lost on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the entity charged with overseeing our interstate electricity grid, during a Technical Conference held last month. Although the Conference was initially organized to focus on how regional electricity markets and state public policies interact,… Keep reading →

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