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May 8, 2012 | Michael Armstrong
Computer technology has trumped all the mental pictures I have of what a "control room" should look like. On Monday, I visited the Navy Yard's new Network Operations Center (NOC) to see what's expected to be a showcase for how "smart grid" technologies will perform at the growing urban office and industrial park. But instead of a wall-size map of the Navy Yard or a long control board with switches and blinking lights, the room on the first floor of Building 101 looked like the classroom it was, albeit with some funky strings of LED lighting.
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January 19, 2001 | By Akweli Parker, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Hamstrung by geography and the layout of the U.S. power grid, there is little that East Coast or Midwest utilities can do to ease the kilowatt carnage in California, utility officials said yesterday. For one thing, electrical resistance on transmission lines greatly reduces power as it is sent over long distances. Also, the lines are owned by different utilities, and each charges other companies a fee, much like a highway toll, to use its facilities. And getting power from the middle of the country over the Rocky Mountains is difficult because of the limited interconnections over the range.
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April 24, 2012 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Friends and family have sometimes questioned their sanity - and no wonder. Vinnie Carchia pilots a helicopter hovering a few feet from 500,000-volt power lines while PSE&G lineman Ryan Hill repairs them from a side platform. "Other pilots tell you, 'We were taught to stay away from the wires, and you're putting them right outside your door,' " said Carchia, the utility's only pilot. "For someone like my mother, it's hard to explain," said Hill, who works on the platform.
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November 17, 2003 | By Chris Mondics INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
When a huge surge of electricity knocked out power plants in the Midwest on Aug. 14, and cascaded into the biggest blackout in U.S. history, utility workers faced an enormous handicap: No one was in charge. Transcripts of conversations among grid operators depicted confusion. There seemed to be no reliable system for sharing information during efforts to contain the blackout. Utility workers "did not always know who they were talking to," concluded an investigation by Michigan regulators.
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August 17, 2003 | By Akweli Parker INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Thursday's blackout stunned almost everyone who takes flicking on a light switch for granted. Yet it came as no shock to some experts on the country's power grid. The grid - a coast-to-coast maze of interlocking power lines, towers, transmission stations and generating plants - has grown outdated, they say, as utilities trying to make a profit in a deregulated marketplace have skipped the expenditures needed to keep the system up to date. "It's a wake-up call," President Bush said.
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May 10, 2000 | By Mark Jaffe, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The regional power grid, which supplies electricity to Pennsylvania and New Jersey, yesterday for the second straight day issued emergency warnings for reductions in power use. By late afternoon, as temperatures reached the upper 80s, the grid was also scrambling to buy extra electricity from other parts of the country. These events are already raising the specter of last summer's energy crisis, when the grid was overtaxed, causing voltage drops, equipment failures, and spot blackouts.
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November 9, 2012
A storm as fearsome as Sandy was bound to knock out the lights for days. But the roundhouse punch delivered to much of the power grid across three states should drive major improvements in the nation's defenses to preserve electricity during storms. From devastated Jersey Shore communities to densely populated suburbs and low-lying areas of New York City, the anguish, suffering, and economic toll from millions of people being plunged into prolonged darkness has played out over the last two weeks - too often, with life-threatening consequences for storm survivors trying to cope without electricity.
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July 6, 2013 | By Tom Johnson, NJ SPOTLIGHT
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.
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February 14, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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March 7, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
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...
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January 29, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 6, 2013 | By Tom Johnson, NJ SPOTLIGHT
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.
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March 7, 2013 | By Jonathan Fahey, Associated Press
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.
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February 14, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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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.
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December 7, 2012 | By Angela Delli Santi, Associated Press
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.
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November 27, 2012 | Michael Hinkelman, Daily News columnist
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.
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