Archive: Smart Grid


AES Uses Synchronous Condensers for Grid Balancing

The future is looking bright for AES Huntington Beach Power Generating Station. Renderings of a proposed new look for the power plant—located steps from the beach on the Pacific Coast Highway—include

Let There Be (LED) Light

You’ve no doubt heard that U.S. power plant emissions have been dropping overall and that one of the reasons has been decreased thermal generation resulting from essentially flat demand. As of Jan. 1 this


Speeding Forward with Integrating Plug-in EVs

Approximately 150,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) are already on the road in the United States, according to various reports. These vehicles include relatively wallet-friendly PEV options like the

FERC burden estimate for implementation of proposed Reliability Standard EOP-010-1. Source:

FERC Seeks Comments on Proposed Geomagnetic Disturbance Standard

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)—which notes that geomagnetic disturbances (GMD) can have potentially severe, widespread impact on the bulk electric power system—has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to approve its first reliability standard concerning GMD operations. The NOPR issued on Jan. 16 concerning Reliability Standard EOP-010-1 is designed to mitigate the effects […]

This remarkable image is actually a composite of hundreds of images created using satellite data collected at night.


How U.S. Power Generators Are Preparing for 2014

The business environment for generating companies worldwide continues to become increasingly complex, and not just as a result of regulations. Even in the U.S., the concerns and constraints faced by generators

“Smart Grid” or “Strong Grid”? Words Matter

The Obama administration recently changed its nomenclature on a topic of much interest to readers of this publication and those in the power industry. The administration has said it prefers to talk about its policies advancing a “resilient grid” as opposed to its previous emphasis on developing a “smart grid.” The new policy thrust, for […]


Impact of Electric Vehicle Charging on Grid May Be Far Less Than Feared

In recent years, the potential popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles has had utility executives up nights worrying about spikes in demand at the end of every workday as EV owners all began charging their cars upon returning home. Now, a new study from Austin, Texas–based Pecan Street Research (PSR) suggests that […]

Potential Solutions for ERCOT’s Challenges

P at Wood III —former head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Texas Public Utility Commission, and current consultant and non-executive chairman of Dynegy—addressed a packed house at the


Vehicle-to-Grid Aggregated Project Sells Electricity to the Grid

A technology developed by the University of Delaware (UD) and NRG Energy that provides a two-way interface between electric vehicles and the power grid earlier this year became an official paid resource on PJM Interconnection’s regional grid (Figure 4). One of the first of its kind, the project proves the so-called “vehicle-to-grid” (V2G) concept can sell electricity from electric vehicles.