In the three years since Superstorm Sandy, Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), New Jersey’s largest utility, has made substantial progress to strengthen and protect its infrastructure against future extreme storms. From replacing gas pipes, raising and rebuilding electrical substations, and adding higher voltage lines on stronger poles, this work will keep more customers in service during a storm, and restore service faster in the aftermath.
The recent approval by New Jersey of a law on the ownership of data generated by connected cars might have an impact on the future of the Internet of Things (IoT) providing an interesting approach also for European privacy regulators.
The Connected Car Law
The NJ law provides that no person other than the owner a vehicle containing a recording device may retrieve, obtain or use data recorded, stored or transmitted from a recording device (i.e. an electronic system recording data collected by sensors installed in the vehicle) unless, among others…
About eight million customers were without power during or after Hurricane Sandy, and more than two million of them were in New Jersey. Since then, the utility has been working to ensure more customers continue to have service during a storm and that service can be restored faster afterward.
Superstorm Sandy was the most powerful and destructive storm in Public Service Electric and Gas Company’s 111-year history, causing more than 2 million PSE&G customers to lose power. In the two years since the storm, PSE&G, which serves nearly three-quarters of New Jersey’s population, continues to make significant improvements to its infrastructure, communications and logistics that will keep more customers in service during a storm, and restore service faster in the aftermath.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is selecting three offshore wind demonstrations to receive up to $47 million each over the next four years in an effort to deploy innovative, grid-connected systems in federal and state waters by 2017. These projects — located off the coast of New Jersey, Oregon and Virginia — will help speed the deployment of more efficient offshore wind power technologies and drive lower costs, drive greater performance, and clear any challenges to installing more utility-scale turbines in U.S. waters.
Hitachi America Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based electronics company Hitachi Ltd., and Connecticut-based smart grid services provider Demansys Energy LLC have reached an agreement to perform a demonstration project in New Jersey utilizing Hitachi’s CrystEna energy storage system.
The recent Intersolar Summit celebrated New Jersey as a leader in solar energy — not only in the state, but across the nation — with some going so far as to claim that New Jersey should be a model for the United States and foreign countries.
FirstEnergy Corp. subsidiary Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) plans to spend $251 million this year to further expand and strengthen infrastructure to enhance and maintain service reliability throughout its 13-county service area in New Jersey.
According to FirstEnergy, major projects include planning and completing the construction of transmission lines in Monmouth, Ocean and Morris counties; completing a smart grid modernization project in Morris County; and constructing a new substation in Hunterdon County.
There are a number of prognostications about 2014 smart grid trends and anticipated accomplishments. This article offers a longer and broader view out to 2020, a milestone year for renewable portfolio standards (RPS) in 12 states including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced awards totaling approximately $30 million for the development of new tools and technologies to strengthen protection of the nation’s electric grid and oil and gas infrastructure from cyber attack.
With support from the Energy Department, energy sector organizations in California, Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington State will develop new systems, frameworks, and services that advance the Department’s vision of more resilient energy delivery control systems.