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Upgridding Illinois

State kicks off ambitious ‘utility of the future’ process The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved a process yesterday called “NextGrid” to begin building what it calls “a smarter, more dynamic electric system that allows for greater customer choice and control.” This means more advanced technologies—rooftop solar, electric vehicles, and energy storage—will be deployed at scale due to Illinois’ […]

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A Lot of Double A’s

World’s largest battery storage project online in California Battery storage used to just mean that cabinet in the front hallway, where you kept assorted AA’s, 9V’s, flashlights, and that awesome 80s battery-tester that lit up green if the battery in question still worked. Now you need a real estate agent, permits, and multi-million dollar renewable energy […]

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Renewable Tug-of-War

State legislatures jockey for renewable energy standards State legislature versus the administration. It’s an ongoing battle, seemingly omnipresent regardless of who takes office, and probably until the end of time. It also applies to a range of issues. One of these, perhaps more pertinent than ever under present legislation from all branches, is renewable energy. A […]

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Going Back to Cali

Wyoming-to-California wind power proposal brings heat An exemplary battleground for old vs. new—in the form of coal vs. wind—is the state of Wyoming. The axis is the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project: Billions have already been invested for a project that would create a huge wind farm in southern Wyoming, build a subsequent connectivity line […]

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Operation Doomsday

Shutdowns abound offer another view of energy, manufacturing While the new year (and administration) ushered in high hopes for many in support of onshore manufacturing and a resurgence of traditional forms of energy, the reality could be immensely different, if certain signs are to be interpreted as an incoming pattern. One example to keep a close […]

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Utility Players

PG&E crime, FPL’s hardened system, $1.5b PJM Interconnection upgrade Our round-up of utilities headlines from the past week begins with an unusual sentence—and one that could offer a portent of things to come for those complicit in white-collar crime. Pacific Gas & Electric: public shaming, community service, monitoring for 2010 explosion. Pacific Gas & Electric executives were sentenced […]

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A Midwinter Tann

K.C. electrical service company now does restaurants Many companies are looking for new ways to expand their business and diversify. One way is to develop a presence in selected industries. Restaurants, for one, have specialized lighting, commercial-grade appliances, sophisticated sound equipment and other electrical devices that require special attention. Tann Electric, the Lenexa, Kan., electrical company, […]

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Jersey, Sure

The Garden State: Junctions, hard work, and…ospreys?  PATCO trouble. Recent transit delays at a critical junction on the East Coast involved the damage and subsequent replacement of over 20 motors—along with a unique, unforeseen issue for maintenance professionals to troubleshoot. The PATCO (Port Authority Transit Corporation) Speedline, which links Philadelphia’s SEPTA system to South Jersey via […]

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Strong Island

Long Island wind power project full-go While the Block Island wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island planted its flag as the first offshore wind project in North America, it’s always had a major competitor. Just a hundred-odd miles south, people have been formulating ideas for offshore wind energy along Long Island’s coastline for decades. The […]

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Design Flaws

400 wind turbine motors being replaced in Michigan Citing a design flaw, wind turbine technicians will have to replace 400 electric motors in Tuscola County, Michigan. The motors inhabit 134 turbines at two extensive wind farms managed by NextEra Energy Resources. Discovery of the problem stemmed from loud “clunking” noises heard by nearby residents. 30 […]

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