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Frequently asked questions about the campus power outage

Public Affairs, Berkeley News Summary UC Berkeley campus is largely without power today, Friday, Oct. 11, due to PG&E’s efforts to prevent wildfires fanned by high winds. The following FAQ provides answers to some of the key questions being asked about classes, facilities,...


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'This Did Not Go Well': Inside PG&E's Blackout Control Room

Ivan Penn, The New York Times Summary SAN FRANCISCO — It was a problem that California had come to dread. Weather models were signaling extreme winds and dry conditions from one end of the state to the other. The risk of wildfires was high. Pacific Gas & Electric, the giant utility whose...


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Caton Towers Co-op Moves to Cut Carbon Emissions

Sue Treiman, Habitat Summary Long after exploding toilets put Brooklyn’s Caton Towers in the news, the 283-unit cooperative is generating a new kind of excitement. Make that “cogenerating” it. The co-op, located in the Kensington neighborhood, is installing a combined heat and...


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New York Utilities Increasingly Embrace Non-Wires Alternatives as ConEd Forges the Path

Robert Walton, Utility Dive Summary Representatives from New York's utilities met this week to discuss the process of procuring and implementing non-wires projects, highlighting how prevalent the approach has become. Consolidated Edison said it is continuing to seek additional load reduction...


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Horizon Power-backed international body to champion microgrids

Sophie Vorrath, One Step Off the Grid Summary Western Australia is building on its experience as leader in the deployment of decentralised and stand-alone power systems, with the establishment of the Perth-based International Microgrid Association (IMA). The not-for-profit organisation...


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ABB and Rolls-Royce announce global cooperation on microgrids

Robin Whitlock, Renewable Energy Magazine Summary ABB and Rolls-Royce have announced a global partnership on microgrid technology and advanced automation in which the two companies will offer an innovative, energy-efficient microgrid solution for utilities, commercial and industrial...


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Maine lawmakers try again to get the state's microgrid law right

Bill Opalka, Energy News Network Summary Amid complaints that the state’s current law is unworkable, legislators revive a vetoed bill under a new governor. Maine lawmakers are trying again after a veto last year to fix a microgrid law that critics say make the projects unworkable in the...


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Microgrid boosters hope Michigan 'energy district' will spur more interest

Andy Balaskovitz, Energy News Network A rendering shows the vision for a smart energy district in Jackson, Michigan. Photo by Consumers Energy Consumers Energy plans to combine solar and storage in a 4-square-block project in Jackson, Michigan. Summary Microgrid advocates hope a...


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Entergy VP: We have to fundamentally 'reshape the grid'

Juan Monge, GreenTechMedia Summary Delivering electricity to 2.9 million customers in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas, Entergy is implementing advanced data analytics and internet-of-things technology across all its divisions. We sat down with VP Raiford Smith ahead of our inaugural...


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With storm hardening 'a larger focus,' DC approves PEPCO underground distribution lines

Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive Summary The District of Columbia Court of Appeals on Thursday affirmed the D.C. Public Service Commission's (DCPSC) 2017 approval of a proposed $500 million Pepco program to operate a number of the utility's power lines and ancillary services underground. ...