Electric Power Trends for 2019

Electric Power Trends for 2019

In a recent article, Utility Dive lays out the 10 trends projected to fuel the electricity sector in 2019. From renewable energy to distributed energy, here’s what’s to come:

  1. A Trump bailout will continue to be a threat.
  2. FERC will remain focused on wholesale pricing issues, resilience, and fuel security.
  3. The federal environmental regulation rollback will continue.
  4. States will increasingly push clean energy and climate policies.
  5. Grid modernization and performance-based utility metrics will become commonplace.
  6. Gas generation will continue to dominate.
  7. Energy storage will have its biggest year yet.
  8. Electrification will become a central power sector issue.
  9. DERs will become trusted bulk power resources.
  10. Renewable energy will increasingly replace coal.

Learn more by reading the full story here. 

 

Hawaii is Modernizing its Grid

Hawaii is Modernizing its Grid

In a recent article, T&D World Magazine featured Hawaiian Electric Company and their sister companies, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light for their work together to improve the two-way flow of energy from customer-sited generation. Together the companies serve approximately 80,000 privately-owned rooftop solar generation systems.

The Hawaiian Electric grid modernization renewable portfolio standard is the most ambitious clean energy goal in the U.S. The companies believe working together will be essential to reaching the state’s goal of transitioning to 100% renewable resources for power generation by 2045. They have become adept at identifying cost-effective alternatives to infrastructure upgrades and encouraging customer-sited solar power. They’ve also changed the way voltage is managed and overcome challenges unique to their system.

What’s most exciting as they’re on their well on their way to achieving this audacious goal. Regulators approved implementation of the first phase early this year. The plan is called “Modernizing Hawaii’s Grid for Our Customers.” Learn more by reading the full story here. 

 

PBS Airing WIRES Video

PBS Airing WIRES Video

PBS Stations are airing a WIRES video titled “Spotlight On: The Electric Transmission Grid.” The video will air through the end of the year and offers an introduction to the importance of investment in the grid and how it impacts our standard of living. The content features Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and WIRES Executive Director and Counsel Jim Hoecker who emphasizes the importance of a sense urgency among policy-makers, regulators, and investors to meet future power demand. Take a look at the video here. 

WIRES, a non-profit trade association with an international membership, promotes investment in the North American electric transmission system, robust and effective transmission solutions to economic, environmental, and reliability challenges, and the reduction or elimination of uneconomic barriers to transmission development. This mission is accomplished through the development and dissemination of information, strategic advocacy, and innovation in regulatory, policy making, industry, and educational forums.

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Florida Counties Taking Action

Florida Counties Taking Action

A story recently published in the Naples Daily News recaps what various counties in Florida are doing to prepare themselves for future hurricanes in response to the devastation Hurricane Irma brought last season. The article includes specific details on actions Florida Power and Light is doing to strengthen the Power Grid and features a photo of Irby Construction crews at work restoring power last September. Irby Construction is always proud to be part of a restoration effort and/or proactive planning to help prevent outages in the first place. Read the complete news article here. Learn more about FPL here. 

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Electric Utilities Focus on Power Grid Work Over Power Plants

Electric Utilities Focus on Power Grid Work Over Power Plants

According to an article published in Electric Light & Power, utilities are investing billions of dollars in the power grid to ward off attacks on America’s hyper-connected society. Just last month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security detailed how Russian hackers could have caused major blackouts had they not been more focused on reconnaissance. Meanwhile, power companies are also focusing their investments on software upgrades, switches and wires to enable flexibility. After decades of conservation, the need for big generation projects has fallen. Coal-fired plants will more likely be replaced with cleaner-burning natural gas. Read more at EL&P.

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Florida Grid Hardening Takes Effect

Florida Grid Hardening Takes Effect

Utility Dive’s article jumps into the positive efforts Florida has made to build up their grid infrastructure to stand up against future storms. According to the state’s Public Service Commission’s report (PSC), there is still more to be done. This report sheds light on the grid improvements made and how well the infrastructure stood up against Irma compared to the outages reported in the 2004-2005 storm season. Read the full article here.

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