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Clean Energy Grants Will Help Utilities Test New Technology

  Clean Energy Grants Will Help Utilities Test New Technology

Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., has announced $12.6 million in state Clean Energy Fund grants to five utilities in Washington. “With

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High Energy Arc Fault Testing – KEMA Laboratories

  High Energy Arc Fault Testing – KEMA Laboratories

High Energy Arc Fault The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has identified a potential vulnerability where existing analytical models

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A Microgrid Future: We Can See it from Here

  A Microgrid Future: We Can See it from Here

Radical decentralization may not be upon us yet.  But microgrids are most certainly advancing. ABB’s Bob Fesmire describes regulatory, market

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Power Transformers – Vital in the power supply network

Power transformers Power transformers are vital components in the power supply network. Once commissioned, they are expected to function reliably

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The Impending Death Of California Nuclear: Long Live Renewables

  The Impending Death Of California Nuclear: Long Live Renewables

California Nuclear In June, utility Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) announced a deal with labor unions and leading environmental organizations

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Why Arlington Needed an Operations Management System

  Why Arlington Needed an Operations Management System

After years of using Access databases to inventory assets and manage work, the Arlington, TX Parks and Recreation Department realized

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PEER as an Incentive for Microgrids – Resiliency Certification

  PEER as an Incentive for Microgrids – Resiliency Certification

Jeffrey Karp, Morgan Gerard and Van Hilderbrand of Sullivan and Worcester describe the value of PEER, a resiliency certification, and how it

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Gas Pipeline Safety Regulations Continue to be Strengthened

  Gas Pipeline Safety Regulations Continue to be Strengthened

As we have often discussed in Energy Currents blog posts over the last two years, gas pipeline safety and storage

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What’s Eating the Energy Industry: Software or Data?

  What’s Eating the Energy Industry: Software or Data?

Just five years ago, Marc Andreessen’s 2011 WSJ Op-Ed declaring that “software is eating the world” caused a spirited response

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How Utilities Can Respond to Increasing Power Disruptions from Climate Changes

  How Utilities Can Respond to Increasing Power Disruptions from Climate Changes

Increasing Power Disruptions Challenge Utilities’ Response  They grab the global headlines: hurricanes, typhoons, tornadoes, severe winter storms, and heat waves.

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When Solar+Energy Storage Generates Revenue

  When Solar+Energy Storage Generates Revenue

S&C Electric’s Troy Miller explains how solar+energy storage generates revenue at a project S&C recently completed in Minster, Ohio. Generates Revenue

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3 Things to Know about Using Cartegraph for iPad in Remote Areas

  3 Things to Know about Using Cartegraph for iPad in Remote Areas

At Cartegraph, we understand the value of being able to view data and perform work efficiently in the field. We

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Smart meters need to make nice with consumers

Utilities have had to contend with a lot of changes over the past couple of years – financial restructuring, new

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Technology is Changing Water Utility Management

  Technology is Changing Water Utility Management

Water Utility Management – Proactive Solutions to Protect Your Assets The basic tasks of maintaining and managing water utilities haven’t

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Double Utility Poles Can be Doubly Dangerous

  Double Utility Poles Can be Doubly Dangerous

2016 may be the year of double utility poles. Consult your favorite search engine’s news section and you will find an

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3 Reasons to Transition from Navigator to Cartegraph OMS

  3 Reasons to Transition from Navigator to Cartegraph OMS

Change is never an easy thing. For example, the first of the year brings on resolutions, gym memberships skyrocket, and

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Brexit and Climate Change: 4 Questions Answered

  Brexit and Climate Change: 4 Questions Answered

The unexpected result of Britain’s referendum in favor of leaving the European Union has sent shockwaves through European politics and

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EVs Charge Ahead with New Technologies and Business Models

  EVs Charge Ahead with New Technologies and Business Models

Why EVs could be a grid’s best friend while freeing drivers from driving. A recent report from RMI’s Electricity Innovation

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Hybrid grids – key aspect: mix of generation

  Hybrid grids – key aspect: mix of generation

Hybrid grids – key aspect: mix of generation by Peter Vaessen This is the second blog on hybrid grids. In

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New Ruling Opens Up 400 GW Renewables Market

  New Ruling Opens Up 400 GW Renewables Market

FERC confirms that co-ops can buy unlimited power from PURPA-qualifying facilities Delta-Montrose Electric Authority (DMEA) is not only responsible for

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Location, Location, Location: The key to Advanced Material Management

  Location, Location, Location: The key to Advanced Material Management

While location is not the only feature of Advanced Material Management, it is core to all the functionality. Do you

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Rapidly Responding to Changing Load Curves

  Rapidly Responding to Changing Load Curves

Since the advent of air conditioning in the US, the electric industry has had fairly predictable shapes to load curves.

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Your Attachment, My Liability: The Burden of the Utility Pole Owner

  Your Attachment, My Liability: The Burden of the Utility Pole Owner

For pole owners, attachers are partners: entities that rely on mutual agreement to operate together in one space. However, sometimes things

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How We Sell Microgrids Short. Way Short.

  How We Sell Microgrids Short. Way Short.

EnerNex’s Doug Houseman explains how we sell microgrids short. The ideal microgrid is not just a technology to generate power, but a way

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It’s Time to Plan for Electric Vehicles on the Grid

  It’s Time to Plan for Electric Vehicles on the Grid

If you think electric vehicles are still a niche technology, think again. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that more

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Design Matters: Unpacking Xcel’s Rates Proposal

  Design Matters: Unpacking Xcel’s Rates Proposal

Across the electricity system, utilities face a reckoning between traditional rates design and disruptive trends. As distributed solar raises concerns about

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Overcoming Obstacles to Deploying Utility Operational Expertise Behind the Meter

  Overcoming Obstacles to Deploying Utility Operational Expertise Behind the Meter

In the residential electricity market, utility operations have focused historically on the utility side of the meter: provide enough supply

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Who controls the future of home energy management systems?

  Who controls the future of home energy management systems?

by Leo Sommaripa When activating the security system motion detectors also tells the smart thermostat to go into “away” mode,

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Duke Energy Microgrid Tests Game-Changing Communications System

  Duke Energy Microgrid Tests Game-Changing Communications System

by Lisa Cohn A Duke Energy microgrid test bed is striving to crack one of the biggest challenges facing utilities

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Community Energy Storage Brings Solar, Utilities And Ratepayers Together

  Community Energy Storage Brings Solar, Utilities And Ratepayers Together

by Michael Puttre For years, electricity came from a generator – such as a coal-burning plant – through the transmission

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