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  1. In energy review, DOE calls for upgrading power grid technology

    The U.S. Department of Energy recently released the second installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review, which lists 76 recommendations, including a call to increase federal support for state efforts to quantitatively value and incorporate energy efficiency , demand response, distributed storage and distributed generation into resource planning. The second installment of the DOE's QER, titled “Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System”, is an analytically rigorous treatment of the country’s electricity systems from generation, through transmission and distribution to the ultimate end use by consumers, DOE added in its Jan. 6 statement. As noted in the second installment of the QER – also referred to as QER 1.2 – which was released on Jan. 6, President Barack Obama in June 2013 initiated a quadrennial cycle of energy reviews to provide a multi-year roadmap for U.S. energy policy. Obama, in a presidential memorandum released in January 2014, directed his administration to conduct a QER, and announced the formation of a White House Task Force to develop the QER. The QER 1.2 also noted that Obama further directed DOE to provide analytical support for the QER and to help manage the interagency process through a secretariat at DOE. As reported, the Obama administration rolled out its QER document in April 2015. The second installment of the QER analyzes trends and issues confronting the country’s electricity sector out to 2040, examining the entire electricity supply chain from generation to end use, and within the context of three overarching national goals: to enhance economic competitiveness; promote environmental responsibility; and provide for the nation’s security. The QER 1.2 also stated that key trends that will shape the future electricity sector include the changing generation mix; low load growth; increasing vulnerabilities to severe weather/ climate change ; the proliferation of new technologies, services and market entrants; increasing consumer choice; emerging cyber/physical threats; aging infrastructure and workforce; and the growing interdependence of regulatory jurisdictions. Discussing the role of the electricity sector in creating economic value, the QER 1.2 noted that key findings include that interconnection standards and interoperability are critical requirements for seamless integration of grid-connected devices, appliances, and building energy management systems, without which grid modernization and further energy efficiency gains may be hindered. The QER 1.2 also noted that a clean electricity system reduces air and water pollution, lowers greenhouse gas emissions, and limits the impacts to the ecosystem in areas such as water and land use. Key findings involving a clean electricity future include that the increasing penetration of zero-carbon variable energy resources and deployment of clean distributed energy resources, including energy efficiency, are critical components of a U.S. decarbonization strategy, the QER 1.2 said. The second installment of the QER also noted that the growing interconnectedness of the grid’s energy, communications and data flows creates enormous opportunities, and at the same time, it creates the potential for a new set of risks and vulnerabilities. Among key findings involving ensuring electricity system reliability, security and resilience, the QER 1.2 said that while data analysis is an important aspect of today’s grid management, the granularity, speed, and sophistication of operator analytics will need to increase, and distribution- and transmission -level planning will need to be integrated. Discussing the electricity workforce, the QER 1.2 said that the broader changes in the electricity industry have created new opportunities and new challenges for the electricity industry workforce, including new workforce opportunities in the renewable energy industry and information and communications technologies, and the challenges of the skills gap for deploying and operating new technologies, the shift in the geographic location of jobs, and the need to recruit and retain an inclusive workforce. Key findings involving the electricity workforce include that the electricity industry will need a cross-disciplinary power grid workforce that can comprehend, design, and manage cyber-physical systems; the industry will increasingly require a workforce adept in risk assessment, behavioral science, and familiarity with cyber hygiene, the QER 1.2 said. The QER 1.2 also noted that the potential for electricity integration to provide economic benefits and support the development of more modern and resilient energy infrastructure has been a longstanding theme for North American diplomacy. At a recent North American Leaders’ Summit, Obama, President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, signed a statement agreeing to collaborate on cross-border transmission projects in order to achieve the mutual goal of advancing clean and secure power, the QER 1.2 said. The QER 1.2 also noted that key findings involving enhancing electricity integration in North America include that while extensive integration between the United States and Canada can inform the potential for increased future U.S.-Mexico integration, these situations are fundamentally dissimilar in four main ways, including the different regional approaches to integration on the U.S. side. DOE, in a Jan. 9 statement, said that Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Mexico’s Secretary of Energy Pedro Joaquin Coldwell, along with FERC Chairman Norman Bay, Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) Chairman Guillermo Ignacio Garcia Alcocer, and National Center for Energy Control (CENACE) Director Eduardo Meraz Ateca, signed a non-binding foundational document that will support a continued effort by both countries to assure reliability of the increasingly interconnected American and Mexican electricity grids. In its Jan. 6 statement, DOE noted that the recommendations in the QER 1.2 also included a call to amend Federal Power Act authorities to clarify and affirm that the electricity system – from bulk power to the distribution – is a national security asset, making its protection a fundamental federal responsibility. Other recommendations include: ·      Materially expand existing federal programs to demonstrate the integration and optimization of distribution-system technologies ·      Support grants for small utilities facing cyber, physical, and climate threats and accounting for emerging threats in reliability planning ·      Support federal and regional approaches to electricity workforce development and transition assistance ·      Increase North American clean energy and technical coordination and enhancing cooperation on energy information exchange across North America DOE said that of the initial report’s 63 recommendations, 21 are fully or partially reflected in federal law and 29 have been fully implemented through actions by the administration.

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    Mon, 16 Jan 2017

  2. Sterlite Power project to build transmission projects in India

    Sterlite Power, Indian developer of independent power transmission systems, commissioned the Purulia-Kharagpur Transmission Project 

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    Fri, 13 Jan 2017

  3. Second day of 2016 TransForum East to highlight large transmission projects , post-election uncertainty

    TransmissionHub ’s 2016 TransForum East will be held on Nov. 15-16 at The Capital Hilton hotel in Washington, D.C., with the final day of the conference highlighting such matters as the  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan; large transmission projects in the East; and ...

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    Wed, 19 Oct 2016

  4. Second day of TransForum East to highlight transmission projects , election uncertainty

    The event will be held on Nov. 15-16 at The Capital Hilton hotel

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    Wed, 19 Oct 2016

  1. PJM Board approves $636M investment in transmission projects

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    Wed, 10 Aug 2016

  2. Clean Line Energy CEO: Staying the course critical for HVDC wind transmission projects

    Once work actually begins, the Plains & Eastern Clean Line will be the United States’ first long-distance overhead high voltage direct current transmission line constructed in more than 20 years. 

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    Wed, 23 Nov 2016

  3. Analyst: Doubtful Trump will interfere with renewable energy boom

    Don’t expect a big “pivot” away from the national push toward renewable energy

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  4. Canadian renewable energy report released prior to First Ministers’ Meeting

    The Canadian Council on Renewable Electricity (CCRE) today released its report, “Canada’s Advantage: A Vision for Renewable Electricity in Canada,” which identifies renewable electricity resources that will cut carbon pollution as Canada shifts from fossil fuels to clean energy.  

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016

  5. PG&E joins Berkshire Hathaway, Pinacle West venture, to pursue transmission projects

    The strategic alliance will focus on California ISO competitive transmission projects that will benefit California customers 

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    Thu, 7 Apr 2016

  6. New transmission projects move forward in New England, Midwest, Texas

    The project is expected to be completed by late 2018 at a cost of $52 million.

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    Wed, 24 Aug 2016

  7. PJM authorizes transmission projects for units of Exelon, AEP, FirstEnergy

    The proposal originated out of PJM’s competitive process for transmission improvements

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    Wed, 10 Aug 2016

  8. PJM board approves $636 million investment in transmission projects

    The $320 million market efficiency project is expected to alleviate transmission congestion across the Pennsylvania and Maryland border 

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    Tue, 9 Aug 2016

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