U.S. Power Distribution System Reliability Has Declined Over the Past Decade: How to Make It Better

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2024 13:16:10 +0000

SAIDI (System Average Interruption Duration Index) and SAIFI (System Average Interruption Frequency Index) are widely used reliability indices that measure the performance of power distribution systems. SAIDI represents the total […]

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Why the U.S. Government Should Fund Cybersecurity Efforts of Private Companies Protecting the Power Grid

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 06 Jun 2024 12:14:06 +0000

FBI Director Christopher Wray, while speaking at the Vanderbilt Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats in Nashville, Tennessee, in April, warned that U.S. critical infrastructure is a prime target […]

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Effective Training and Mentoring Programs Are Critical to Power Project Success

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 30 May 2024 10:20:23 +0000

The power industry has long been lamenting its aging workforce. While turnover has been happening for years, there remains a large percentage of power professionals on the verge of retirement. […]

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How PG&E Is Reducing Wildfire Risks Using Satellite Imagery

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Mon, 20 May 2024 23:04:16 +0000

Wildfires have had a devastating impact on California and on the state’s largest utility company, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). PG&E’s equipment has been linked to several major wildfires in […]

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How Regulatory Burdens and Misguided Incentives Are Degrading Power System Reliability

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Tue, 14 May 2024 12:55:43 +0000

It’s no secret that the U.S. electric power system has undergone a remarkable transition that continues today. Coal-fired generation, which was the leading source of power generation during the 20th […]

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How Grid Enhancing Technologies Are Expanding Electric Power Transmission System Capabilities

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Wed, 08 May 2024 18:59:16 +0000

It’s no secret that power grids around the world need to expand to accommodate more renewable energy and the so-called “electrification of everything.” The latter, of course, refers to the […]

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Navigating the Interconnection Queue Is One of Many Challenges Clean-Energy Projects Face

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2024 21:51:38 +0000

There are several obstacles to overcome when building a clean-energy project, but perhaps the biggest is getting through the generator interconnection queue (GIQ). Every regional transmission organization (RTO) and independent […]

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Molten Salt Reactor Technology Solves Several Nuclear Industry Problems

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Tue, 09 Apr 2024 12:36:35 +0000

Molten salt reactors (MSRs) represent a fascinating intersection of nuclear history and modern innovation. The concept of using molten salts as both a coolant and fuel carrier dates back to […]

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How Utilities Are Planning for Extreme Weather Events and Mitigating Risks

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2024 21:03:24 +0000

Scientists who maintain the world’s temperature records, which date back to 1880, calculate a global temperature anomaly each year to determine how much temperatures have changed compared to temperatures from […]

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Community Solar Projects Bring Renewable Energy to the Masses

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 07 Mar 2024 17:43:10 +0000

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) explains that community solar, also known as shared solar or solar gardens, is a distributed solar energy deployment model that allows customers to buy […]

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