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Why the future of the power grid depends on giant batteries

Why the future of the power grid depends on giant batteries Spinning flywheels, underground caves, damming up rivers Say “battery,” and most people think of the device that powers our phones, our laptops, and — maybe if they’re being ambitious — our electric vehicles. But it’s time to think bigger: at their core, batteries are … Continue reading Why the future of the power grid depends on giant batteries

Utilities Prepare for Increased Cyberattacks on the Electric Grid

Utilities Prepare for Increased Cyberattacks on the Electric Grid More electric utilities and energy companies are turning to cybersecurity vendors for protection against attempted attacks, a growing threat highlighted by the recent disclosure of Russian hacking into their communications networks last year. The U.S. utility sector faces millions of attempted cyber intrusions a day. Duke … Continue reading Utilities Prepare for Increased Cyberattacks on the Electric Grid

The $2.5 trillion reason we can’t rely on batteries to clean up the grid

The $2.5 trillion reason we can’t rely on batteries to clean up the grid Sustainable Energy The $2.5 trillion reason we can’t rely on batteries to clean up the grid Fluctuating solar and wind power require lots of energy storage, and lithium-ion batteries seem like the obvious choice—but they are far too expensive to play … Continue reading The $2.5 trillion reason we can’t rely on batteries to clean up the grid

#CALIFORNIA WAS WARNED MONTHS AGO ITS GRID COULD BUCKLE IN THE HEAT. NOW IT’S HAPPENING

CALIFORNIA WAS WARNED MONTHS AGO ITS GRID COULD BUCKLE IN THE HEAT. NOW IT’S HAPPENING California’s grid operator is asking customers to limit electricity use during peak hours to help keep power flowing as a “heat dome” settles over the southwestern U.S. But they were warned of this months ago. The North American Electric Reliability … Continue reading #CALIFORNIA WAS WARNED MONTHS AGO ITS GRID COULD BUCKLE IN THE HEAT. NOW IT’S HAPPENING

As technology upends grid fundamentals, is load forecasting a crapshoot?

As technology upends grid fundamentals, is load forecasting a crapshoot? Systemic changes to the electricity system make load predictions more difficult, but may also lessen the impacts of mistakes. Each year, electricity consumers in the United States spend billions more than necessary to keep the lights on, in large part because the utility sector has … Continue reading As technology upends grid fundamentals, is load forecasting a crapshoot?

ENERGY OFFICIAL THREATENS #NEW_JERSEY #BREXIT FROM PJM REGIONAL POWER GRID

ENERGY OFFICIAL THREATENS NEW JERSEY BREXIT FROM PJM REGIONAL POWER GRID Board of Public Utilities president unhappy with ‘lip service’ and decisions that lead to NJ customers paying more for electricity Is New Jersey pulling out of the PJM Interconnection, the regional operator of the nation’s largest power grid? “We’re looking at a number of … Continue reading ENERGY OFFICIAL THREATENS #NEW_JERSEY #BREXIT FROM PJM REGIONAL POWER GRID

In a rush to modernize the grid, utilities are finding new ways to innovate

In a rush to modernize the grid, utilities are finding new ways to innovate U.S. utilities are working together to rethink the electric grid — but as competition spreads, how long will this model last? It’s no secret that electric utilities, traditionally, have not been the most innovative companies. Their business model worked for about … Continue reading In a rush to modernize the grid, utilities are finding new ways to innovate

How To Protect the Connected Energy Grid

How To Protect the Connected Energy Grid New digital tools are transforming the energy sector, connecting everything from household appliances to electric vehicles to smart sensors, and improving the efficiency of infrastructure from transmission lines to power plants to pipelines. These technologies promise smarter, cleaner, and cheaper energy. Unfortunately, they also leave the U.S. increasingly … Continue reading How To Protect the Connected Energy Grid