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Bulletproofing the Grid

Bulletproofing the Grid

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Petter Fiskerud, Program Manager, Power Transformer Resiliency, ABB Inc. Recent events and developing threats remind us that as essential as the grid is to national and economic security—and our very way of life—it is and always has been vulnerable. The 2013 rifle attack on a California substation that damaged 17 transformers and six circuit breakers, causing 52,000 gallons of oil to be spilled Read more [...]
Reliability and Resilience: Preventing Power Outages

Reliability and Resilience: Preventing Power Outages

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Kevin J. Cosgriff, President & CEO, NEMA On September 8, 2011, the Southwest went dark. Flights were grounded, traffic signals switched off, roads gridlocked, elevators trapped people, families fled outdoors to escape stifling indoor heat, and emergency 911 calls were rerouted as a patchwork fix. When critical generators failed, 66 nursing home residents were evacuated and seven hospital patients Read more [...]
Accelerating Grid Modernization

Accelerating Grid Modernization

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Sharon Allan, President and CEO, SGIP This decade has been marked by extreme weather incidents, and businesses across the nation have felt the impact when their power has gone out. While utility reliability on sunny days is very good across the nation, utilities are working on strategies to ensure that unanticipated weather disasters don’t cause extended outages. Grid modernization programs, where more Read more [...]
Advocating for a Comprehensive Energy Bill

Advocating for a Comprehensive Energy Bill

Christine Coogle, Editor and Social Media Manager, NEMA This week, I joined the NEMA government relations team and representatives from several NEMA companies on a visit to Capitol Hill to meet with congressional staff involved in the House-Senate energy bill conference committee. Our object was to advocate for the swift development and passage of a comprehensive energy bill with a number of specific provisions important to our members. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate Read more [...]
Smart Meters Graduate to Intelligent Sensors in Brave, New, Interconnected World

Smart Meters Graduate to Intelligent Sensors in Brave, New, Interconnected World

This piece was originally published in the May 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Tim Wolf, Director of Marketing, Smart Grid Solutions, Itron Inc. Over the past decade, utilities throughout the United States have been installing smart metering networks to automate the collection of energy and water usage data. Thus far, these smart meter networks have succeeded primarily in reducing costs, increasing efficiencies, and improving customer service. They have not yet Read more [...]
The Role Energy Storage Plays in a High-Renewable-Energy Future

The Role Energy Storage Plays in a High-Renewable-Energy Future

This piece was originally published in the March 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Garrett Fitzgerald, PhD, Senior Associate, Rocky Mountain Institute With Tesla announcing a home battery that uses electricity generated from solar panels, the German company Sonnenbatterie entering the U.S. market, and massive grid-scale storage projects popping up in Hawaii and California, 2015 was the year of the battery. It also happened to be the year of the first global Read more [...]
Clean Power Plan Presents Challenges and Opportunities to De-carbonize the Grid

Clean Power Plan Presents Challenges and Opportunities to De-carbonize the Grid

This piece was originally published in the March 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Rodney Durban, Director, Clean Air Initiative, ABB Inc. At NEMA’s founding 90 years ago, NEMA members could not have envisioned many of the thorny issues that occupy so much of our attention in 2016. Indeed, climate change to a 1920s audience might have sounded straight out of science fiction. With the UN Conference on Climate Change concluding in Paris in December, the Environmental Read more [...]
Light in the Darkness

Light in the Darkness

It’s been a week since power has been restored to San Diego after a massive “operator error”-induced blackout. In a sign of just how far we as a nation still have to go in achieving a Smart Grid, not only were grid operators unable to choke off the outage before it grew into a major blackout, but operators (as well as the media and even Congress) are still scratching their heads about just how this localized problem spread so far and so rapidly. California’s ISO announced Read more [...]
Bipartisanship to Upgrade our Infrastructure?

Bipartisanship to Upgrade our Infrastructure?

This week, Senators Kerry, Warner, Hutchison, and Graham came together to announce their proposal to rebuild America’s infrastructure.  The Building and Upgrading Infrastructure for Long-Term Development (BUILD) Act, S. 652, would establish an American Infrastructure Financing Authority - a type of infrastructure bank that would provide loans and loan guarantees.  Transportation, Water, and Energy infrastructure projects greater than $100 million and of national or regional significance Read more [...]
The Newest Dirty Word: NIMBY

The Newest Dirty Word: NIMBY

George Carlin was made famous for his 7 Dirty Words.  But when it comes to meeting our electricity demands of the 21st century, we can add another word whose utterance should cause shock and outrage to the general public: NIMBY. NIMBY (“Not in My Backyard”) is the genesis for much of the opposition to various endeavors that would serve the public, such as improving the electrical grid. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has just released an updated report on the state of transmission Read more [...]