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Simulating a Power Collapse

The North American electrical grid is the largest machine on the planet and, as such, requires constant maintenance, monitoring and continuous learning. The North American Electric Reliability Corp.’s mission is to ensure the reliable operation of the bulk-power system. To accomplish this, NERC uses a variety of tools, activities and strategies to help the almost [...]

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Columbia submits pipeline proposal for federal review

Columbia Pipeline Group submitted revised plans Friday for construction of a new natural gas pipeline from West Bradford to the Eagle Compressor station in Upper Uwchlan. The 9.5-mile project runs through Caln and Uwchlan under the east branch of the Brandywine Creek and has been subject to close community scrutiny. “We decided this route had [...]

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Binz withdraws as FERC nominee

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has dropped out after opposition from Republicans and a key Democrat concerned he would support renewable energy at the expense of coal all but doomed his nomination. Ron Binz, a former chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, said he won’t [...]

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USDA Provides More Funding for Rural Energy Upgrades

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary is funding projects in seven states to improve electric service for about 7,000 rural customers. The more than $136 million in USDA loan guarantees will go toward the building of more than 2,200 miles of line, fund more than $5 million in smart grid projects, and make [...]

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What Does FERC Do?

On September 17, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources is scheduled to discuss the nomination of Ron Binz, a former Colorado state regulator, to be the new chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC. As the committee considers his nomination, it must remember FERC’s critical role in protecting consumers and strengthening [...]

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EPA screens 66,000 sites for renewable energy potential

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated its RE-Powering Mapping and Screening Tool, which will now provide preliminary screening results for renewable energy potential at 66,000, up from 24,000, contaminated lands, landfills and mine sites across the country. The RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative, started by EPA in 2008, encourages development of renewable energy on potentially [...]

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Future of marine energy park thrown into doubt

by Martin Ellis on 29 Aug 2013 The construction of a new marine energy park that could help power thousands of homes across the UK and boost the nation’s energy security has been thrown into doubt, following another delay in the decision process. The development is located on the on the south bank of the [...]

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Ameren receives approval for $1.1bn transmission project in Illinois

Ameren Transmission Co. of Illinois (ATXI) has received approval from the Illinois Commerce Commission to build its $1.1 billion Illinois Rivers transmission project. The new 345 kV line will span nearly 400 miles, crossing the Mississippi River near Quincy, Ill. and continuing east across the state to the Indiana border. According to the company, the [...]

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2003 Blackout: Could Smart Grid Save Us Next Time?

Jeff Dagle earns a living through his work on how to improve the reliability of the electrical transmission system in the United States. On August 14, 2003, the chief electrical engineer for the Electricity Infrastructure Transmission System Resilience at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory was sitting in his office when the phone rang. It was his mother, [...]

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EPA Maps More Power Potential On Scarred Land

The potential for renewable energy to yield climate-change benefits is enormous – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t potentially negative environmental impacts from wind and solar (and all the rest) that need to part of the discussion. Are there places that are simply too fragile – the land itself, as well as the critters who [...]

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