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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Transmission/Distribution

Transmission/Distribution


Your Own Energy “Island”? ORNL Microgrid Could Standardize Small, Self-Sustaining Electric Grids

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oct. 2014, by Katie Jones.
http://www.ornl.gov/ornl/news/features/2014/a47cc734-54f3-4aec-95ba-df1bbbdb25ad

"Microgrids are designed to not only continue power to local units such as neighborhoods, hospitals or industrial parks but also improve energy efficiency and reduce cost when connected to the main grid. Researchers predict an energy future more like a marketplace in which utility customers with access to solar panels, battery packs, plug-in vehicles and other sources of distributed energy can compare energy prices, switch on the best deals and even sell back unused power to utility companies. However, before interested consumers can plug into their own energy islands, researchers at facilities such as ORNL’s Distributed Energy Control and Communication (DECC) lab need to develop tools for controlling a reliable, safe and efficient microgrid."

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell': How Utilities are Powering the Marijuana Industry

Utility Dive, Oct. 23, 2014, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/dont-ask-dont-tell-how-utilities-are-powering-the-marijuana-industry/322565/

"Marijuana—legal or otherwise—requires a lot of power to produce. And in the Pacific Northwest, utilities are now facing the complicated task of efficiently meeting that demand while navigating a set of opposing laws."

Building a Stronger Grid

Electric Perspectives, Sept./Oct. 2014, by Elisa Wood.
http://mydigimag.rrd.com/publication/?i=223729&p=34

"Utilities are investing billions of dollars in the nation's transmission system to improve reliability, relieve congestion, facilitate competition, and support a diverse and changing generation portfolio."


AMI-Based Load Research

Rural Electric Magazine, Aug. 2014, by Reed Karaim.
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nreca/re0814/index.php?startid=38

"Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) project proves value of smart meters in load analysis."

This is the 2nd in a series of articles on the $68 million Smart Grid Demonstration Project, a U.S. Department of Energy initiative undertaken by NRECA's Cooperative Research Network and 23 electric cooperatives. The 1st article, Testing the Smart Grid, is at https://remagazine.cooperative.com/About/PastIssues/Jul2014/Pages/CRN.aspx

Undergrounding Gains Ground

Public Power, Jul/Aug 2014, by Brent Barker.
http://www.publicpower.org/Media/magazine/ArticleDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=41392

"After every storm that leaves the overhead electric distribution system in shambles, the inevitable question arises: “Why not put it underground?” The fervor usually cools once the parties begin to look at costs. Undergrounding remains an expensive proposition—about three to five times the cost of overhead."

The Dynamic Challenge of Integrating Variable Resources

Power, June 2014, by Sonal Patel.
http://www.powermag.com/the-dynamic-challenge-of-integrating-variable-resources/

"All aspects of system operations are tested by unique challenges as more variable energy resources are connected to the grid."

The Value of the Integrated Grid

Electric Perspectives, May/Jun 2014, by Michael W. Howard.
http://mydigimag.rrd.com/publication/frame.php?i=207808&p=38&pn=&ver=flex

"EPRI's recent report on the future of the electric power system highlights the need to integrate distributed energy resources with the planning and operation of the grid."

Power and Water: Will Feds Allow It for Pot?

Tacoma News Tribune, May 20, 2014, by C.R. Roberts.
http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/05/20/3202349/power-and-water-will-feds-allow.html

"Nobody seems quite sure of the answer: Will the federal government withhold services to the state, given the conflict between legally grown marijuana in Washington and a national drug policy that finds marijuana illegal?"

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/05/20/3202349/power-and-water-will-feds-allow.html#storylink=cpy

Demand Response Is Now Big Business

Business Energy, May 2014, by Lyn Corum.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/Demand_Response_Is_
Now_Big_Business_25503.aspx


"While demand response programs can be traced back to the 1970s, the evolution of IT and data management technology has allowed utilities and independent system operators to greatly expand demand response programs in the last 10 years."

Smart Buildings Meet the Smart Grid

Business Energy, May 2014, by William Atkinson.
http://www.distributedenergy.com/DE/Articles/
Smart_Buildings_Meet_the_Smart_Grid_25499.aspx


"Building automation technology provides building owners with the opportunity to reduce energy consumption and energy costs, and benefits only increase when coordinated with utilities' smart grids."
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