System helps prevent power grid failures

Providers who know of potential outage conditions often can take action to ensure “the lights stay on” if they have the right information. A system developed using technology from the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Bonneville Power Administration soon will provide this key information to California power providers that are challenged by increased loads and decreased supply, according to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Jan. 18, 2001–Temporary ‘private use’ regulations issued by Treasury improve modestly upon the regulations currently in place, but do not go far enough to enable full participation in regional transmission organizations or provide consumers with competitive benefits, the chairman of the Large Public Power Council (LPPC) said today.

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