Transmission took another step forward recently. The Oklahoma City-based OG&E Electric Services announced its plans to construct the Oklahoma portion of a new 345-kV transmission line from north-central Oklahoma to a substation near Wichita, Kan.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) announced that the California Public Utilities Commission has approved its gas purchase agreement with Microgy Inc. to deliver up to 8,000 cubic feet of pipeline-quality renewable natural gas daily.
Progress Energy Florida announced a program that will continue to expand the company’s use of renewable energy sources. The SolarWise for Schools program advances the use of renewable energy through the installation of solar energy systems at schools throughout the utility’s service territory.
A research team led by Britain’s Newcastle University stated greenhouse gas emissions from power stations could be cut to almost zero by controlling the combustion process with tiny tubes made from an advanced ceramic material.
As electricity prices increase for a fifth consecutive year and many customers report experiencing an increase in the duration of power outages, overall customer satisfaction has fallen among residential customers served by the nation’s 76 largest electric utilities, according to the J.D.
High-temperature superconducting (HTS) distribution and transmission line has been at the nearly there stage for almost a decade, but industry participants say the technology is now approaching wide commercial use.
Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL) of Iowa concluded rebuild work and re-energized a 20-mile stretch of 345 kilovolt (kV) transmission line in Poweshiek County, Iowa. The transmission line was severely damaged on Feb. 24, 2007, during a major Midwest winter storm.
Dallas-based SaveOnEnergy.com makes it simple and worthwhile for Texas residents to shop online for lower electric rates. By shopping for competing rates on SaveOnEnergy.com, customers will find exclusive offers as well as other incentives to switch electricity providers.
Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) of New Jersey announced plans to invest in more efficient electric delivery equipment, a move expected to reduce energy use and cut carbon emissions by 60,000 tons by the year 2020.
According to the Washington TimeS, Washington, D.C.-area electricity provider Pepco announced it is laying out its plan for spurring energy conservation and using innovative technologies like smart meters to combat global warming, save customers money and avoid midsummer blackouts.
Following an increase of nearly 11 percent in the year ending in April 2006, the average price of electricity for industrial or large commercial entities in the United States rose another 4.7 percent over the past year.
Kentucky Utilities, the Lexington-based power provider, will embark on a much-needed upgrade to its high-voltage transmission lines this summer. The project will involve more than four miles of lines running between two substations, one in southeast and one in east Lexington.
Beginning in 2009 or 2010, electrical contractors are likely to see a new breed of higher-efficiency liquid-filled distribution transformers hitting the market, thanks to new standards expected to be announced by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in September.
Now it's even easier to be responsible. At a press conference on May 1, 2007, on the National Mall, the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) joined with the Federal Communications Commission, the Associated General Contractors of America, John Deere, The Travelers Companies Inc.
According to the Los Angeles Times, California Utilities and Commerce Committee approved legislation that would prohibit the sale of incandescent light bulbs by 2012. The committee passed AB 722 in a 7–2 vote.