It's not news that our national electrical system is in a squeeze; existing transmission lines are reaching carrying capacity just as a new generation of electronics is driving electricity demand higher.
PJM Interconnection President and CEO Terry Boston testified before the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that transmission is the enabler of virtually all of the energy goals Congress is considering.
According to a report conducted by The Perryman Group, an economic and financial analysis firm based in Waco, Texas, the construction and operation of Exelon’s proposed nuclear power facility in Southeast Texas would not just increase energy reliability.
Accent Energy, a Dublin, Ohio-based energy supplier, has developed a new program that actually pays customers for using less energy. Through Conserve|Earn, the amount of the refund is based on how much energy a customer saves as compared to the previous year.
According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), higher fuel prices, increased capital costs and continued uncertainty about climate policy are helping raise the costs of electricity faced by consumers across the country.
PPL Renewable Energy announced plans in May 2008 to design, construct and operate a 1.7-megawatt solar-power system for Schering-Plough Corp. in Summit, N.J. When completed, the green energy project will be the largest rooftop solar installation in the United States.
A federal judge in Nashville has declined to hold up a transmission project by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). His ruling ended a long-running battle between the utility and local residents, allowing the so-called Algood Transmission Line to be completed.
The Maryland Public Commission (PSC), along with utility regulators from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and a coalition of electricity buyers and consumer advocates, filed a complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), challenging the imposition of capacity payments for the pe
Progress Energy Carolinas filed two programs with the North Carolina Utilities Commission: one for residential load control and another to allow the electric distribution grid in the Carolinas to be used to reduce peak demand.
During the debates surrounding the energy bill President Bush eventually signed last fall, Democrats argued long and hard for a national, mandated target for renewable energy production, called a renewable portfolio standard (RPS).
With current and future regulations on carbon dioxide emissions, electrical contractors who work in coal-fired plants may wonder how these requirements will affect their work. New research may point to solutions that will enable coal-fired plants to continue to operate with some modifications.
The case for wind power growth in the northern plains states just got stronger. In February 2008, a partnership of two utility companies announced plans for a large-scale transmission line, which will accommodate several new wind farm developments in North Dakota.
Global power generated by nuclear reactors fell about 3.6 percent in 2007 from the 2.8 billion megawatt-hours (MWh) recorded in 2006, according to data released by Nucleonics Week, a publication of Platts, a provider of energy and commodities information.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) and BioEnergy Solutions announced that their biogas-to-pipeline injection project in Fresno County, Calif. has begun production of renewable natural gas derived from animal waste.