Electric power transmission

State’s Grid Operator Asks Californians to Conserve Energy Today Due to High Energy Demand and Tight Supplies Across the West

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 4:30pm

The Flex Alert , called by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), was issued yesterday and will be in effect today from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Key Points: 
  • The Flex Alert , called by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), was issued yesterday and will be in effect today from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • The grid operator is predicting an increase in electricity demand, primarily from air conditioning use.
  • The grid operator is asking all Californians to reduce electricity use during a Flex Alert to prevent further emergency measures, including rotating power outages.
  • PG&Es Demand Response programs offer incentives for business owners and residential customers who curtail their energy use during times of peak demand.

More Interregional Transmission Could Have Saved Nearly $1 Billion, Preserved Power for 200,000 Homes During Texas Freeze

Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 6:15pm

The report, Transmission Makes the Power System Resilient to Extreme Weather, details the value additional transmission would have provided during five severe weather events in Texas, the Northeast and the Midwest between 2014 and 2021.

Key Points: 
  • The report, Transmission Makes the Power System Resilient to Extreme Weather, details the value additional transmission would have provided during five severe weather events in Texas, the Northeast and the Midwest between 2014 and 2021.
  • "This report demonstrates that we are already paying an enormous price for our lack of interregional transmission, and that the benefits of a robust transmission grid would quickly surpass the cost of constructing new lines.
  • Texas heat wave in August 2019 Each additional GW of transmission ties between ERCOT and the Southeastern U.S. could have saved consumers nearly $75 million.
  • Transmission Makes the Power System Resilient to Extreme Weather was commissioned by ACORE and authored by Grid Strategies LLC.

PG&E Announces Major New Electric Infrastructure Safety Initiative to Protect Communities From Wildfire Threat

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - 10:00pm

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced a major new initiative to expand the undergrounding of electric distribution power lines in High Fire Threat Districts (HFTD) to further harden its system and help prevent wildfires.

Key Points: 
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced a major new initiative to expand the undergrounding of electric distribution power lines in High Fire Threat Districts (HFTD) to further harden its system and help prevent wildfires.
  • The new infrastructure safety initiative, announced today in Butte County by PG&E Corporation CEO Patti Poppe, is a multi-year effort to underground approximately 10,000 miles of power lines.
  • PG&Es commitment represents the largest effort in the U.S. to underground power lines as a wildfire risk reduction measure.
  • PG&E intends to work closely with customers and local, state, federal, tribal and regulatory officials throughout this new safety initiative.

Camus Energy Secures $16M Series A to Advance Grid Management and Support Community-Centric Utilities of the Future

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 11:00am

Camus will leverage the operating capital to expand its grid management software platform to meet growing demand from utilities across North America.

Key Points: 
  • Camus will leverage the operating capital to expand its grid management software platform to meet growing demand from utilities across North America.
  • Grid operators can then orchestrate utility- and consumer-owned resources from a unified interface, supporting grid reliability and resilience while compensating local resource owners.
  • At Camus, they are stepping into the center of full data integration and integrated control within the grid environment.
  • Camus Energy enables the community-led transition to a zero-carbon grid by empowering electric utilities with system-wide visibility and advanced controls, inclusive of utility-owned and customer devices.

State’s Grid Operator Asks Electric Customers Across California to Conserve Power Today from 4-9 p.m.

Monday, July 12, 2021 - 8:18pm

The grid operators statewide Flex Alert for Monday asks all Californians to work together and conserve electricity.

Key Points: 
  • The grid operators statewide Flex Alert for Monday asks all Californians to work together and conserve electricity.
  • The grid operator noted that when Flex Alerts were called on Friday and Saturday, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) customers and other Californians significantly reduced their energy use.
  • That allowed the grid operator to avoid or limit possible rotating power outages that can become necessary when demand for electricity outstrips capacity.
  • It caused transmission lines to trip off on Friday and again Saturday, limiting electricity flow from the Pacific Northwest to California and other states.

FirstEnergy Reminds Public to Have a Safety-First Summer

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - 4:50pm

However, they can create safety issues and cause major damage to the electric system when they are used near power lines and electrical equipment.

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  • However, they can create safety issues and cause major damage to the electric system when they are used near power lines and electrical equipment.
  • FirstEnergy also encourages customers to leave the large, colorful fireworks displays to the professionals.
  • safety campaign to educate the public about staying safe around electricity and near power lines and equipment.
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PPL Electric Utilities earns S.E.E. Chairman's Award for innovative downed wire technology and focus on safety

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - 3:30pm

Chairman's Award for its groundbreaking technology that safely and automatically cuts power to downed power lines.

Key Points: 
  • Chairman's Award for its groundbreaking technology that safely and automatically cuts power to downed power lines.
  • PPL's Automatic De-energization of Downed Conductors(ADDC) technology was recognized as the winner of the safety category and then honored with the Chairman's Award.
  • "Nothing is more important than engineering a safe grid for our workers, customers, and thepublic," said PPL Electric Utilities President Steph Raymond.
  • Buildingupon Schweitzer Electric LaboratoriesArcSense downed wire detectiontechnology, PPL engineers were able to develop and implement this new advanced technology on nearly two-thirds of its distribution grid.

C-Crete Technologies Awarded $1.5 Million from ARPA-E To Develop Novel Insulating Systems for Energy Infrastructure

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 - 6:06pm

The 100- to 400-ton LPTs, which cost millions of dollars to manufacture, prepare electricity for transmission from a generating plant to end users.

Key Points: 
  • The 100- to 400-ton LPTs, which cost millions of dollars to manufacture, prepare electricity for transmission from a generating plant to end users.
  • Transformers, which are essential elements of the U.S. national grid system, step up or down voltages for efficient electricity transmission.
  • C-Crete Technologies will integrate a series of advanced surface chemistry, colloidal engineering, high-throughput characterizations, and pilot demonstrations to develop novel insulating nanofluids with a projected 80-year lifetime.
  • C-Crete's nanofluid technology has applications in other diverse markets such as automobiles, lubrications, nuclear cooling, thermal energy storage, and microelectronics.

C-Crete Technologies Awarded $1.5 Million from ARPA-E To Develop Novel Insulating Systems for Energy Infrastructure

Monday, June 28, 2021 - 7:17pm

The 100- to 400-ton LPTs, which cost millions of dollars to manufacture, prepare electricity for transmission from a generating plant to end users.

Key Points: 
  • The 100- to 400-ton LPTs, which cost millions of dollars to manufacture, prepare electricity for transmission from a generating plant to end users.
  • Transformers, which are essential elements of the U.S. national grid system, step up or down voltages for efficient electricity transmission.
  • C-Crete Technologies will integrate a series of advanced surface chemistry, colloidal engineering, high-throughput characterizations, and pilot demonstrations to develop novel insulating nanofluids with a projected 80-year lifetime.
  • C-Crete's nanofluid technology has applications in other diverse markets such as automobiles, lubrications, nuclear cooling, thermal energy storage, and microelectronics.

LineVision's V3 Transmission Line Monitoring System to Be Installed in California for the First Time

Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 1:44pm

LineVision's sensors collect real-time data on critical parameters of overhead power lines including line temperature, sag, horizontal motion, and anomalous motion.

Key Points: 
  • LineVision's sensors collect real-time data on critical parameters of overhead power lines including line temperature, sag, horizontal motion, and anomalous motion.
  • The data is collected utilizing a LiDAR sensor system which allows installation without having to de-energize a transmission line or use live-line working techniques.
  • LineVision provides electric utilities with the real-time monitoring and predictive analytics needed to secure the future of the grid.
  • LineVision's differentiated technology is rapidly deployed at scale without the need for scheduled outages, live line work, or specialized installation equipment.