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Backed by EPRI, major utilities launch initiative to accelerate economy-wide deep decarbonization

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Gas Technology Institute (GTI) announced this week that they are embarking on a five-year initiative to accelerate the development and demonstration of low-carbon energy technologies. With the increase of decarbonization goals...

I-5 Clean Energy Corridor needs freight-level EV charging every 50 miles and $850M, utilities...

An ambitious build-out of electric charging infrastructure for freight carriers along the West Coast I-5 corridor will need a major buy-in from utilities, customers, transportation firms, state regulators and private partners. And it should begin with a major...

Efficiency businesses consider an uncertain future with COVID-19

Sidelined by virus fears and shelter-in-place orders, efficiency contractors hope to bounce back after the crisis.  The following story includes reporting from Frank Jossi, Kathiann M. Kowalski, Kari Lydersen, Elizabeth McGowan, Lisa Prevost, David Thill,...
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SCE insulating power lines to prepare for wildfire season

Southern California Edison (SCE), an electric utility company based in California, announced that it will begin insulating power lines in Valencia in preparation for the wildfire season. The work has been deemed critical and the utility said the...

For utilities, coronavirus puts resource management in focus

Each year, the U.S. federal government gives states and hospitals approximately $1 billion for disaster preparedness. That is more than the entire healthcare budget of many Third World countries. Healthcare experts say if coronavirus,...

Untrusting the grid

Clear objectives.  Proven methods.  Intentional maintainability. Verifiable outcomes. These engineering principles guided the creation of the modern electric system that provides the backbone of unprecedented Western productivity and prosperity. In the 1930s, engineers took 159,000 X-ray images of the welds...
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How building data can help utilities make informed customer operation decisions

By 2021, there will be over 3.6 billion connected devices installed in smart commercial buildings, making up a very significant proportion of all connected devices. For the first time, this smart technology allows us...

Artificial intelligence: For grid management, it puts analytics on steroids

If you had 1,000 pieces of power grid equipment such as transformers or generators in an area, losing three of those assets could create nearly a billion potential failures, according to data scientists at Argonne National Laboratory....

Transportation electrification modeling software could help energy stakeholders make better investment decisions

Electrification, shared mobility, and automation shape not only consumer choice but also the decisions utilities, city developers, service providers and other stakeholders make each day. In turn, where they decide to invest and locate their services, circles back...

Energy supply and demand changes create opportunities in connected energy, but competition looms

The utilities industry is facing disruption of monumental scale and scope.  On the demand side, electric vehicle (EV) adoption is accelerating, particularly in regions that have enacted laws to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Current projections from the European...