March 7, 2015 |
A Navy Yard energy-storage firm expects to step up to a bigger stage after its acquisition by renewable-power project developer SunEdison Inc. Solar Grid Storage L.L.C., a start-up formed in 2011 and funded partly with $250,000 in venture capital from the Ben Franklin Technology Partnership, on Thursday announced its sale to SunEdison for an undisclosed sum. Solar Grid has four energy-storage projects, including one that is part of Pennsylvania State...
January 29, 2014 |
PJM Interconnection, the regional electricity grid operator, has called on customers to conserve power on Tuesday, when arctic conditions are expected to push demand to the limits of the transmission system. The grid on Tuesday evening is projected to surpass the winter demand record set on Jan. 7, said Paula DuPont-Kidd, a PJM spokeswoman. Utilities are asking consumers to conserve electricity especially from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday as well as from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Utilities urged electric heating customer to set their thermostats lower than usual, if health permits, to turn off unneeded lights and appliances, and to delay using major appliances like stoves, dishwashers and clothes dryers.
July 6, 2013 |
In a lawsuit with big implications for state utility customers, Public Service Enterprise Group and three of its subsidiaries accused 10 insurance companies of shortchanging them $456 million for damage to their power grid. Insurers say they will cover only $50 million in payouts, arguing that policies restrict reimbursements above that amount in specific flood zones. PSEG and its subsidiaries filed a lawsuit June 18. Utility customers could end up paying the bill to repair the infrastructure if the court upholds the insurance companies' view.
March 7, 2013 |
America's power grid is like an old car. It gets the job done, but the repair bills go up every year, and experts say only a major overhaul will reverse its decline. An Associated Press analysis of utility spending and reliability nationwide found that electric customers are spending 43 percent more than they did in 2002 to build and maintain local electric infrastructure. Since then, power outages have remained infrequent, but when the lights go out, it takes longer to get them back on. Neither the spending nor the reliability trends is dramatic on its own. But experts say the combination is revealing: It suggests that extra money from electric customers isn't being spent wisely, or that utilities are not investing nearly enough to upgrade fragile equipment increasingly threatened by major storms.
February 14, 2013 |
Paul P. Leufkens was chatting Tuesday afternoon in his office at the KEMA-Powertest lab in Chalfont when a blast outside the building shook the walls, and a blinding flash lit up the window. "People sometimes ask if the explosions frighten me," said Leufkens, president of the lab. "Actually, I'm scared when we don't feel these shots. " They get paid to blow things up at KEMA-Powertest, the largest independent high-power electrical-testing facility in America. No explosions means no business.
February 11, 2013 |
Grégoire Poux-Guillaume is president of Alstom Grid, one of the world's leading providers of systems that manage complex electrical networks. He was on a flight to Philadelphia last Sunday when the Super Bowl was under way, so he has an alibi during the blackout. "We don't have any direct involvement in that," he said, laughing. The Super Bowl outage was caused by faulty switchgear in the electrical lines serving the Superdome, but it amounted to a free half-hour commercial on the important role played by the power grid.
January 16, 2013
In the Region Plan for giant wind farms off N.J. Atlantic Wind Connection announced Tuesday that it selected New Jersey for the first phase for its transmission project that envisions connecting giant offshore wind farms to the power grid. The Princeton consortium's plans call for converting power generated by wind turbines to high-voltage direct-current electricity that would be transmitted to the mainland by undersea cables. The power would be converted on offshore platforms about 260 feet long, 165 feet wide and 11 stories above the water, according to its application filed with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management . The NJ Energy Link would connect offshore power to users in northern, central and southern New Jersey.
January 16, 2013
Atlantic Wind Connection announced Tuesday that it has selected New Jersey for the first phase for its transmission project that envisions connecting giant offshore wind farms to the power grid. The Princeton consortium's plans call for converting power generated by wind turbines to high-voltage direct-current electricity that would be transmitted to the mainland by undersea cables. The power would be converted on offshore platforms about 260 feet long, 165 feet wide and 11 stories above the water, according to its application filed with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
December 7, 2012 |
TRENTON - New Jersey's electricity providers did a good job of bringing in thousands of out-of-state linemen and tree trimmers before Sandy struck, but they failed at communicating with customers and mayors after that storm and a subsequent nor'easter, which darkened 2.7 million homes and businesses for up to 13 days. That assessment from Bob Hanna, president of the Board of Public Utilities, the agency that regulates the energy companies, came Wednesday during the third Senate Budget Committee hearing on the storm, this one focused on the utilities' response and what improvements might be made.
November 27, 2012 |
Audrey Zibelman, 55, of Center City is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Viridity Energy. The company, which she and a partner founded in 2008 and now has 52 employees, helps large energy consumers reduce usage by managing load and integrating advanced technologies. Q: How did you come up with the idea for the company? A: I was COO for a company that operates the power grid for markets on the East Coast. To have low-cost, reliable and environmentally friendly electricity, we needed technology to change.