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Empowering the Next-Generation Power Grid with Big Data

Empowering the Next-Generation Power Grid with Big Data

This piece was originally published in the April 2017 issue of electroindustry. Kerrick Johnson, Vice President of Strategy and Communication, Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) Picture a tool that sees precisely into the near future and enables utilities to better protect communities, meet customer needs, and realize renewable energy’s full value. That was the vision of the Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) in creating the Vermont Weather Analytics Center (VWAC). The ways Read more […]

The Coming Wave of Transmission Innovations: Policy and Regulatory Changes for Grid Modernization

The Coming Wave of Transmission Innovations: Policy and Regulatory Changes for Grid Modernization

This is the fifth in a series of articles on the coming wave of transmission-related innovations and its implications for the electricity sector.  NEMA President & CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff In a vast sea of partisanship, the electrical grid is an island that both parties can agree is important, requires investment, and needs protecting. President Trump campaigned on the assertion that the United States needs a $1 trillion infrastructure package. All of the technology in the world is Read more […]

The Coming Wave of Transmission Innovations: The Future Grid

The Coming Wave of Transmission Innovations: The Future Grid

This is the fourth in a series of articles on the coming wave of transmission-related innovations and its implications for the electricity sector. NEMA President & CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff The basic technologies used to deliver electricity from generator to customer were largely unchanged from the 1880s to the 1980s. But technological advancements in the past few decades have significantly improved the efficiency, reliability, and security of that electricity delivery and will continue Read more […]

The Coming Wave of Transmission Innovations: Grid Control & Monitoring

The Coming Wave of Transmission Innovations: Grid Control & Monitoring

This is the third in a series of articles on the coming wave of transmission-related innovations and its implications for the electricity sector. NEMA President & CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff New technologies are giving electrical grid operators more insight into real-time operations, allowing them to optimize system performance. A flexible alternating current transmission system (FACTS) is a combination of technologies that together can boost the capacity of alternating current (AC) transmission Read more […]

Understanding the Electric Grid

Understanding the Electric Grid

Here at NEMA, we talk about the grid frequently, in the context of modernizing the U.S. electrical system and effectively implementing new and developing technologies. Central to this revolution is the rapid growth of renewable energy—including wind, solar, and hydroelectric—and the related expansion of microgrids, energy storage, and decentralized generation. But how does the grid work today, and what does this modernization look like? The Department of Energy developed an easy-to-understand Read more […]

Grid Connectivity to Rely on EV Charging

Grid Connectivity to Rely on EV Charging

This piece was originally published in the January 2017 issue of electroindustry. Charles Botsford, PE, Chemical Engineer, AeroVironment The electric grid has changed, but the change isn’t finished. With state and federal requirements to incorporate more renewable energy—primarily wind and solar—as part of our power generation mix, the grid must also incorporate a massive amount of energy storage to continue to provide stable and low-cost power. Electric vehicle (EV) charging is Read more […]

Enhancing, Coordinating, and Improving Security

Enhancing, Coordinating, and Improving Security

This piece was originally published in the January 2017 issue of electroindustry. Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) Our nation’s energy infrastructure—and specifically our electric grid—deserves more attention in the coming year. The private sector is rapidly innovating and finding ways to update our grid and make us less vulnerable as a nation to cyberattacks. We must also protect against adverse weather and accidents that could significantly impact our economy and threaten public Read more […]

Energy Storage Workshop Promotes Grid Technologies

Energy Storage Workshop Promotes Grid Technologies

This piece was originally published in the December 2016 issue of electroindustry. Gene Eckhart, Consultant, NEMA NEMA collaborated with China’s National Energy Administration (NEA), the two state-owned electric utilities (State Grid Corporation of China and China Southern Grid Corporation), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to organize a one-day workshop in Shenzhen on energy storage systems. It was supported by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, with whom NEMA has worked Read more […]

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 […]