• Warming up to microgrids
    Insight Article | Jun 30, 2015 | Peter Key
    While few have taken the plunge just yet, more electric utilities are dipping their toes into microgrid waters. The Department of Energy and some state governments have launched funding and other programs designed to encourage microgrid development, which they see as a way to increase renewable and distributed power generation and improve the resiliency of electricity distribution systems in the face of severe weather events like Super Storm Sandy and physical and cyber-attacks.
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    Justices rule against EPA power plant mercury limits
    Insight Article | Jun 29, 2015 | Staff Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A divided Supreme Court on Monday ruled against federal regulators' attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.
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    SCOTUS to EPA on MATS: Money matters
    Insight Article | Jun 29, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis
    The regulations in play in Michigan vs. the EPA hit the books in 2012 and required power plants to "scrub" pollutants from their electricity production process (to a degree, anyway). Within the power industry, these regs are commonly called MATS, which stands for Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.
  • Italian university envisions microgrids
    View from the Top | Jun 26, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis
    We're traditionally a magazine that talks to utilities. But, these days, we're chatting more and more with newer options and entrants into the power industry field. Today, we chat about a microgrid project at the University of Genoa's Savona campus with Federico Delfino, professor of power system engineering at the university.
  • How confident are you in your asset score?
    Insight Article | Jun 25, 2015 | Paul Hofmann, PhD
    Your utility employs thousands or even millions of assets to deliver power to customers. Each one of those assets may have several sensors, lab tests and visual inspections that generate data relevant to its current health and status.
  • 7 suggestions on the physical side
    Grid security isn't all cyber
    Insight Article | Jun 23, 2015 | Clint Hilbert
    April marked the two-year anniversary of an industry-famous late-night shooting spree. An apparent lone rifleman situated in a thicket on a hillside in San Jose, attacked a large electrical power transmission substation by aiming at critical components as if playing an arcade game.  In similar attacks in the same year of 2013, gunmen fired shots into a gas turbine power plant close to the Missouri-Kansas state line and at another substation just near Colorado Springs.

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