Taking the latest in computing and communications technology to make the electrical system more interactive, efficient, and robust is not a new idea. What’s new is that suddenly more than 10 billion federal dollars are being poured into it. But all that money will be well spent only if regulators are as inventive and intelligent as transmission and distribution engineers have been.
Supercapacitor-Enhanced Hybrid Storage to Earn Cash for Subways
Philadelphia’s SEPTA subway system sells energy from regenerative braking to balance the grid, a new supercapacitor system could boost efficiency and turn it into a real moneymaker
Time to Rightsize the Grid?
Bigger isn't always better when it comes to interconnecting power systems
Attack on Nine Substations Could Take Down U.S. Grid
Feds seek new rules to protect against physical attacks
The Grid From the Ground Up: What to Do If We Could Do It Again
Experts say standardization, incorporation of storage and renewables at all levels would define a grid if we could start over
China Pushes Past U.S. in Smart Grid Spending
Smart meters still drive investment, but that distribution automation and data analytics are on the rise
Liquefied Air to Store Energy on U.K. Grid
Highview Power Storage lands grant to build commercial-scale liquid-air energy storage demonstration plant
Attack on California Substation Fuels Grid Security Debate
Some argue physical threats are taking a back seat to cybersecurity
The Smart Grid Needs an App Store, says Silver Springs Networks
Smart grid equipment firm is launching software platform that lets other use big data from the grid
Who Pays for Grid Expansions When Homeowners Generate Their Own Electricity?
Proposed grid expansions in Texas and the Northeast are coinciding with a conflicting trend: residential customers' desire to generate their own power
Polar Vortex Cripples Power Generation, But Grid Survives
The electrical grid is strained, but has the flexibility to keep functioning.
A Liquid Metal Battery for Grid Storage Nears Production
Startup Ambri opens a factory for bulk storage batteries as it plans to commercialized its MIT-born technology
One Year Later: Superstorm Sandy Underscores Need for a Resilient Grid
Traditional tactics like stronger power poles and trimming vegetation, plus newer technologies like microgrids, will lead to grid resiliency
Real-Time Monitoring Yields Payoffs in Power Distribution
Electricity consumers will start to see real dividends from smart grid
Can Rotterdam's Port Become a Virtual Power Plant?
Rotterdam and General Electric want to transform the city’s port into a smart energy grid
Completely Self-Controlled Power Systems Are Proposed
We are talking about systems in which there could be millions of active players
Compressed Air Energy Storage Makes a Comeback
Startup SustainX connects its full-scale demonstration compressed-air energy storage machine to the electricity grid
Illinois Regulators Discount Smart Meter Fires
But the larger issue with the meters is whether consumers are seeing any benefits
Blackout Threat Unmitigated a Decade After the Northeast Went Dark
Prevention remains difficult without methods to calculate the risk of cascading power failures
UK Launches Europe’s Largest Energy Storage Trial
Batteries could be cheaper than grid upgrades
Obama's $7 Billion for African Electricity
Yes, you guessed it: There's less there than meets the eye