Tag Archives: utilities

UT-Austin Grid Project

$1.6 million challenge likened to “rebuilding a ship while at sea”  In a project intended to diversify the electrical grid and bolster training in Texas and beyond, the Department of Energy, UT-Austin, and a number of Texas businesses will team up in a $1.6 million industry-university-government triumvirate. The money will go to the Center for […]

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Grid Security

Survey finds cyberstrikes are #1 concern of utilities In Utility Dive’s fourth annual State of the Electric Utility Survey, more than 600 utility professionals named cyber and physical security the most pressing concern for their companies, with 72% saying it is either “important” or “very important” today. Whereas security issues ranked sixth among utility concerns […]

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Shift In Power

Election result brings uncertainty to the power sector; what happens now? The unexpected results of Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning sparked uncertainty in a number of industries across the country. One area that will now float into uncharted territory is the power sector. Many utilities were focusing on reducing carbon emissions, modernizing the grid, […]

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Outages, But Also Advances

Hurricane Matthew leaves damage; Smart Grid shows promise  Despite its unpredictable path and a nonetheless damaging imprint, Hurricane Matthew’s effect on the Southeastern United States could be a sign of improvements in utilities infrastructure as well as an indicator of the promise for recent implementations of Smart Grid technology. As of Monday, October 10, Matthew, […]

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An Apple a Day

Tech giant to join the utilities fray, sell electrical power Apple, Inc. dominates tech headlines on a daily basis, but it recently received plenty of negative press in being charged $14.5 billion in back taxes by the European Union. So it may very well fly under the radar that the computer giant is entering the utility market as well, despite […]

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PG&E Found Guilty

California’s largest utility obstructed investigation; punishment lenient Leaks, hazy visuals, and misleads? Sounds like a typical publicized trial. Except in this case, none of those are puns. Pacific Gas & Electric, California’s largest public utility, bore the weight of related missteps on Tuesday when a federal jury convicted the company of obstructing investigators and of five counts […]

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Utilities keep pace

Looking for strategies as the world goes solar Part of any business’s foresight is the ability to accommodate the evolving technological and economical world around it. When renewable energy first began to peek through the cracks two decades ago, utilities companies probably weren’t too concerned, but they surely took notice. The electric and water industries […]

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Plant cycle continues

U.S.  facilities expand, close The Midwest has seen the golden days of manufacturing as well as the dark days. In the post-WWII era, cities like St. Louis, Cleveland, and Detroit were booming hubs of factory production. Then came the 1980s, the Rust Belt era, and the part of the country we know  and love became […]

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What will renewable energy look like in the future?

The Solana Generating Station is demonstrating how solar can continue to be a big factor.  The facility uses concentrating solar power technology, which means it can store up heat even as a cloud goes over.  Located 70 miles southwest of Phoenix, Ariz., the plant supplies power to homes under contract with Arizona Public Service.  Although photovoltaic […]

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Geothermal industry offers potential for pump service and repair

In July 2013, EA reported on opportunities for companies in the industry to provide value-added service in the form of pump service, repair, and sales – particularly for municipalities.  However, the article did not mention the necessity for expertise in the geothermal industry.  Corrosion is common to many of the motors, probably due to the […]

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