As the electric grid develops to incorporate renewable generation, more robust transmission and smart meters, utilities are beginning to work on the final segment of delivery by automating their distribution networks.
Duke Energy, an electric utility for the Southeast and Midwest, has finalized an agreement with the Department of Energy (DOE) for $204 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to support smart grid projects in the company’s five-state service territory.
“Tres Amigas” means “three friends” in Spanish, and developers of a major transmission hub bearing that amicable moniker hope their efforts to join North America’s three largest transmission interconnections proceed in an equally friendly fashion.
Nations Power, a certificated retail electric provider to smart-metered customers in Texas, recently announced that it is providing prepaid, real-time pricing for electricity to customers at rates 30 to 40 percent lower than other prepaid companies that bill on an estimated basis, which costs the c
Glendale Water & Power (GWP) signed a contract for a $20 million federal Smart Grid Investment Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), becoming the first city in the nation to receive smart grid funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Duke Energy, Charlotte, N.C., is offering coupons for energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to its customers in North Carolina and South Carolina to help them save money on their electricity bills and reduce the need for additional power plants.
Georgia Power earned the 2010 Energy Star Partner of the Year award for Program Delivery from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE) in recognition for educating and delivering energy-efficiency programs to consumers throughout Georgia.
In the epic battle to combat climate change and address the growing need for affordable power, it helps to have everyone working for a common cause. Luckily, while the federal government has emphasized, with rhetoric and dollars, the vital role of energy efficiency, so has the utility sector.
With new generation capacity becoming both more difficult to get approved and expensive to finance, electric utilities are looking at more creative strategies for squeezing inefficiency out of customer-side distribution systems.
In times of great change, innovation becomes the norm. Already ahead of the curve for tapping plentiful solar, wind and other renewable sources, California continues to feed that trend. The state recently announced new, mandatory green-building standards.
Large commercial, industrial and institutional building owners have been tracking their energy use for years, knowing that even the smallest efficiency improvements can make a big bottom-line difference in facilities of their scale.
Pepco Energy Services, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings Inc., a utility for the mid-Atlantic region, was selected by the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) to implement a $9 million comprehensive energy-efficiency contract at Camden Yards, Oriole Park and M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Ameren Corp. and its utility companies in Illinois and Missouri launched a major solar-energy initiative that will span both states. “At these sites, we will be able to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiencies of specific types of solar systems in this region,” said Thomas R.