The numerous issues with US infrastructure are nothing new, but an often overlooked component is the electrical grid. Currently, the grid suffers from inefficiencies and high costs, but smart technologies could solve these problems.On the other hand, making the grid smarter could also make it more vulnerable to cyber attacks.This is not a problem with a simple solution.
General Electric Co.’s Global Research division located near Schenectady, New York, has received a $3.9 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to develop electrical grid improvements.The grant comes from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy agency as part of its new Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems program.
The smart grid: It’s the power-system modernization effort that U.S. utilities are building to meet the country’s growing demands for electricity. But it’s not confined to power plants and substations–if you have a smart meter, a key piece of smart grid technology already is attached to your house.That means that Americans’ willingness to accept those meters, and use the features they provide, serves an important role in developing a more reliable, secure electrical grid.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District has won a $600,000 matching grant from the Department of Energy to install technology that could protect the grid from hackers and other perils.Along with $600,000 from SMUD’s general fund, the utility will spend $1.2 million to improve the electrical grid’s resilience during disasters and protect it from cyberattacks.
As more and more people make the switch to plug-in cars, city planners and utility companies alike are facing new challenges to ensure that mass-electric car adoption doesn’t translate to an overloaded electrical grid as everyone tries to charge their car at the end of their work day.
Democrats, Republicans and energy industry leaders agree that the electrical grid is the most important engineering achievement of the 20th century. Where there’s some confusion is around how to ensure a more secure, reliable and advanced electricity system for the 21st century.
Tesla Motors wants to bring its battery technology to a home or office near you — and it’s not the only company looking to do so.
Wal-Mart, BJ’s Wholesale Club, and BMW are among the enterprises working with renewable energy companies to change their power consumption practices.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is raising awareness of how home and office batteries can be used in conjunction with the electrical grid to manage energy loads.
Utilities see themselves losing ground to new competitors as the U.S. strives to significantly expand and strengthen its electrical grid, according to a Mortenson Construction survey of utility executives and the engineers and suppliers that support them at the 2014 IEEE PES Transmission & Distribution Conference. The winners, driven by regulatory changes mandated by the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Order No. 1000, will include renewable energy providers, new transmission line developers and independent power suppliers, utility executives say.
A $3.2 million grant from Washington Governor Jay Inslee and the Washington State Department of Commerce will help Avista invest in research to address one of the biggest challenges facing the energy industry – how to integrate power generated from intermittent renewable sources such as wind and solar into the electrical grid.
Inslee announced more than $14 million in smart grid matching grants from the governor’s Clean Energy Fund will be used by Avista, Puget Sound Energy and Snohomish PUD to better understand how to capture, store and distribute renewable energy from wind and solar.
Mesa del Sol’s Aperture Center has been selected as a finalist in the International Smart Grid Action Network 2014 Award of Excellence competition.
The smart grid is a demonstration project to prove that renewable energy and traditional energy can power a commercial and residential electrical grid. Mesa del Sol’s smart grid was selected from a field of 40 international entrants.