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Utility-scale wind energy ramping up for one of best years in U.S.

EIA data forecasts that U.S. wind capacity added this year should total 12.7 GW, by far the best since 2012's record of 13.3 GW. That was the year the production tax credit (PTC) was originally supposed to phase out, although it was extended.

Southwest Power Pool invites utilities to help build electricity market

SPP is calling on interested utilities and other customers to join in the design and implementation of a market that will meet the electricity needs of the Western Interconnection

How did you get your Start in the Grid: Sara Patrick, CEO of MRO

 "Contributing to the reliability and security of the North American bulk power system is a major motivation in providing "psychic compensation." That is, the reward that comes from doing work that makes a difference in the world.

SPP to offer reliability coordination in Western Interconnection power grid

The Western United States is reorganizing the way it runs its grids

Southwest Power Pool: State of the Market 2017

Wind generation capacity gusted to 23 percent of all generation in the SPP territories last year, up from 18 percent in 2016. Coal generation capacity is still king for the moment, but fell from 48 to 46 percent year over year.

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AEP Settles Federal Issue by Reducing Transmission ROE Rate

If the settlement is approved by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Columbus, Ohio-based AEP would set a base ROE of 9.85 percent (10.35 percent once an adder is included for regional transmission organization membership) on projects beginning this year. The settlement would affect AEP operating entities in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia.

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FERC extends comment deadline on grid resiliency issues

This will allow those entities ranging from smart grid to fossil fuel and renewable industry associations to respond to the reports filed by Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators (RTO/ISO) on March 9.

NERC names WECC’s Robb as new CEO

NERC's Board of Trustees announced that Robb will take over duties on April 9. He will succeed interim president and CEO Charles Berardesco.