It may sound like a strange thing to contemplate: A small irrigation district wants to get into the electric utility business, but plans to take local Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) power lines and transformers to do it. And this is not the first time-- the South San Joaquin Irrigation District tried the same tactic eight years ago.
Platts Global Energy Awards winners have demonstrated that forging partnerships, developing technologies and thinking outside the box are central to meeting the challenges of geopolitical tensions, price volatility, changing trade flows and ever-evolving environmental considerations and climate change agendas.
A storm that ripped through the Bay Area and outlying areas last week caused a power outage affecting at least 500,000 Pacific Gas & Electric customers. However, power was restored for most of them by Friday and smart grid technologies were credited with being instrumental in the quick response.
Pacific Gas & Electric CEO Tony Earley Jr. thinks California's cap-and-trade program is a good example of the right way to reduce carbon emissions. Not only that, he also believes cap-and-trade would be an effective way to steer more consumers toward electric vehicles (EVs) which he sees as an advantage.
In the first part of her article on strategic energy management, contributing author Diane Levin shared five critical keystones that can be used by utilities to support improved engagement with their commercial and industrial customers. This second installment of the article addresses seven best practices for ensuring successful customer engagement.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker will lead a trade mission to China in an effort to help U.S. companies build more business in the country. The April 2015 mission will focus on smart grid, green buildings, data centers, energy efficiency and other sectors.
Utilities are changing their focus to comply with increasing requirements from regulators to save energy, integrate new energy sources and meet the heightened expectations of their customers. In the first of a two-part series, contributing author Diane Levin explains the Five Keystone approach to strategic energy management, a new solution for dealing with change in the utility business environment.
Clean energy company NextEra Energy will acquire Hawaiian Electric Industries, parent company to the three electric utilities that serve almost all of Hawaiiâ€™s population, in a deal valued at $4.3 billion-- including assumption of $1.7 billion in Hawaiian Electric debt. NextEra said the two companies will work together on the stateâ€™s extensive renewable energy transformation.
Smart grid projects and developments this week include EnerNOCâ€™s acquisition of Pulse Energy, Alstomâ€™s energy management project in Sri Lanka, a partnership for Black & Veatch and Dynapower Company and other industry news.
China could lose its ranking as the worldâ€™s biggest solar power market and cede the top spot to Japan. Chinese officials held back approvals for some utility-scale solar projects in favor of promoting more distributed solar and the country is unlikely to meet its overall installation goals for 2014.