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  • The next step for grid innovation: Commercialization innovation

    Sep 20, 2019 12:00 PM

    How do technology companies scale smart-grid technologies? At some point along the path to scaled commercialization, testing technologies in a real-world-like setting becomes a necessity, which is often enabled through a utility pilot. Any company that has participated in utility pilots, however, knows that they are often time and resource intensive, complex in the funding source that supports it, and ambiguous as to how to achieve scale beyond the pilot.

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  • Association urges FERC to reinstitute, expand RTO/ISO metrics

    Sep 19, 2019 12:00 PM

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should not only reinstate performance metrics for regional transmission organizations (ISOs) and independent system operators (ISOs), it should also expand certain of the proposed metrics to include additional data, the American Public Power Association recently said.

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  • FERC eliminates oversight division

    Sep 18, 2019 12:00 PM

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has eliminated its Division of Energy Market Oversight (DEMO), which is part of the agency's enforcement branch and oversees the nation's natural gas and electric power markets and related energy and financial markets. The previously unreported move, confirmed by FERC on Friday, will be formally announced by Chairman Neil Chatterjee at the agency's meeting Thursday. Effective today, DEMO's functions will be delegated to other FERC offices.

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    Sep 13, 2019 12:00 PM

    After falling for a few years, the rate paid to community solar projects is projected to surge in 2020 if changes aren’t made. Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story contained a quote from a source who was speaking on background only. It was published due to a miscommunication and has since been removed. Minnesota’s largest utility wants to change how the state calculates its trailblazing “value of solar” rate as it faces a potential spike in payments to community solar operators.

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  • Report reveals play-by-play of first U.S. grid cyberattack

    Sep 12, 2019 12:00 PM

    A first-of-its-kind cyberattack on the U.S. grid created blind spots at a grid control center and several small power generation sites in the western United States, according to a document posted yesterday from the North American Electric Reliability Corp. The unprecedented cyber disruption this spring did not cause any blackouts, and none of the signal outages at the "low-impact" control center lasted for longer than five minutes, NERC said in the "Lesson Learned" document posted to the grid..​

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  • FERC chairman to Congress: 'Make energy policy boring again'

    Sep 11, 2019 01:37 PM

    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Neil Chatterjee wants Congress to take up a large energy-focused legislative attempt, he told an industry crowd at the nonprofit Resources For the Future on Wednesday. Chatterjee wants Congress to modernize the 1978 Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA).

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  • Boulders plan to condemn Xcel assets, form municipal utility faces new setback

    Sep 11, 2019 12:30 PM

    A district court in Boulder, Colorado, has dismissed the city's condemnation filing, dealing another setback in its efforts to take over portions of Xcel Energy's electric grid to form a municipal utility. The decision mirrors 2014 events when the same court dismissed another condemnation motion by Boulder for similar reasons. The court concluded it lacked jurisdiction and would need direction from the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

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  • FERC, NERC Want to Disclose Names, Penalties for Cybersecurity Reliability Violations

    The names of bulk power system entities that violate federal critical infrastructure cybersecurity reliability standards—along with identification of standards violated and penalties assessed—may soon be routinely disclosed under changes proposed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the North American Reliability Corp. (NERC).

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  • Public power utilities, IOUs study joining western energy market

    Sep 06, 2019 12:00 PM

    Public power utilities Colorado Springs Utilities and Platte River Power Authority on Aug. 30 were joined by investor-owned utilities Xcel Energy and Black Hills Energy in announcing that they are evaluating the opportunity to join an energy imbalance market (EIM). They have launched an in-depth study to determine the best course of action. Xcel Energy, Black Hills Energy, Colorado Springs Utilities and Platte River Power Authority have secured an independent consultant, which is evaluatin​

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  • Federal appeals court largely upholds EPA ozone standard

    Sep 05, 2019 12:00 PM

    A federal appeals court largely upheld a decision to tighten the 2015 ozone air standards. In a key part of the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the court said the Environmental Protection Agency isn’t required to consider the economic, social and energy sector effects when setting air quality standards. At issue was a 2015 EPA decision to tighten the primary and secondary ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard to 70 parts per billion from 75​

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