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   Tuesday, September 6, 2016 

Getting Physical with Cybersecurity
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 01:00 PM - ET
IT-OT-Physical Security Convergence for Critical Infrastructure Protection In spite of huge investments in security, attacks in critical sectors are on the rise. Most owners and operators of critical infrastructure assets deal with security in departmental silos which is not only inefficient, but creates gaps that fail to provide a holistic view of security. Learn how IT-OT-Physical Security Convergence is changing the game by eliminating the siloes between IT, Corporate Security and Operations, including control systems that drive large industrial operations. more...
Demand Response Management Systems: The Evolution from Point Solution to Enterprise Platform
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 02:00 PM - ET
Demand response management systems (DRMS) play a critical role in the deployment and management of demand response programs. more...
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As the grid evolves, should what we call that grid evolve as well?

The grid used to have no name at all. Now it's often called the "smart grid," but many industry insiders bristle at that. San Diego Gas & Electric's Chris Chen asks if we should try for something else. Which of these options would you prefer? Chime in now!

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Top Stories
Governor stokes fire to restore power post-Hermine
Gov. Rick Scott spent the second day after Hurricane Hermine touring the damage the Category 1 storm left behind and searching for ways to get power restored faster. Scott visited with crews from power companies and spoke with residents in Leon, Wakulla and Franklin counties on Saturday as they continued to clean up the damage left by Hermine. Law enforcement agencies ...
By Arek Sarkissian, Naples Daily News, Fla.

Response to storm given high marks by EMA director
Jay Wiggins had plenty of rest to catch up on Saturday after spending the three previous days preparing for and responding to Tropical Storm Hermine as it swept over the Golden Isles. "I got a little bit of sleep last night, but it probably wasn't enough," Wiggins said Saturday. With the storm now past Coastal Georgia, Wiggins, director of the Glynn County Emergency Management ...
By Michael Hall, The Brunswick News, Ga.

Aiken area gets back to normal quickly after Hermine
The Aiken area didn't suffer any significant or widespread damage while Hermine moved through South Carolina on Friday as a tropical storm that pounded the state with heavy rains and gusting winds. Trees fell, power lines came down and water covered parts of roads locally. But by Saturday morning, there were few signs that there had been any problems. In Aiken's city limits, leaves ...
By Dede Biles, Aiken Standard, S.C.

Next-generation plant prepped as power source for Uptown corridor
An energy company is taking the first steps toward building a next-generation power plant near the heart of Pittsburgh that leaders hope will spur development on the former Civic Arena site and into the Uptown corridor. New Jersey-based NRG Energy last week received preliminary approval from City Council to build its $61 million Uptown District Energy Center. The plant will initially ...
By David Conti, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

PPL upgrading power grid in Dunmore
PPL Electric Utilities is erecting 106 towering pre-rusted utility poles in the borough as part of two projects, totaling $8.75 million, to strengthen the power grid. The new poles started sprouting up on West Grove Street last month and generally stand about 110 feet tall. They replace 1950s-era counterparts that were about 75 feet tall, PPL spokeswoman Alana Roberts ...
By Kyle Wind, The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa.
North American News
Threat forces lockdown of St. Croix's Richmond power plant
St. Croix's Richmond power plant was evacuated Thursday after a threat was made against the V.I. Water and Power Authority facility. "WAPA Safety Division personnel were advised at about 1:45 p.m. that a threat had been made against the power plant requiring the activation of the authority's emergency response plan and a subsequent evacuation of personnel from both the power plant ...
The Virgin Islands Daily News, St. Thomas

Portland General Electric Company (POR) Receives Price Target
Portland General Electric Company (POR) : Average target price received by Portland General Electric Company (POR) is $43.8 with an expected standard deviation of $2.17. The most aggressive target on the stock is $46, whereas the most downbeat target is $41. 5 financial analysts are currently covering the stock. Portland General Electric Company (POR) : The consensus on Portland General ...

Cranberry works to trim township's electric bill
When it comes to saving money on their electric bill, officials in Cranberry have discovered what many homeowners already know -- every little bit helps. And with a bill that last year approached $1 million, that help adds up pretty quickly. Jason Dailey, director of public works for the township, outlined for supervisors recently what steps the township is taking to keep electric ...
By Vince Townley, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Regulators OK Pacific Power rate hike
State regulators on Thursday announced the approval of a two-year rate plan that will raise the utility's annual revenue by $4.4 million -- or 1.3 percent -- the first year, and 1.9 percent to $6.6 million the second. Starting this month, the average residential customer using 1,200 kilowatt hours per month will see a bump of $1.32 a month, to increase by another $1.98 next year. The ...
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Wash.

At nation's first offshore wind farm in R.I., it's almost harvest time
ABOARD THE LINDSEY E -- When a gigantic crane ship mounted the final blade on the final turbine of the Block Island Wind Farm, Deepwater Wind definitively answered one question that had dogged the Providence company and like-minded developers for years. Yes, an offshore wind farm can be built in the United States. But with that milestone a couple of weeks ago comes more questions ...
By Alex Kuffner, The Providence Journal, R.I.

Clinton zoning panel restricts wind farms
Opponents to earlier announced plans for a wind farm in Clinton County have scored a victory in terms of zoning rules concerning the turbines. Bruce Burdick, chairman of Concerned Citizens of Clinton County, said the county's zoning board acted Thursday night on an ordinance related to wind farms. NextEra Energy Resources Inc., of Florida, had earlier revealed an intent to place a ...
By Ray Scherer, St. Joseph News-Press, Mo.

Tule Wind about to start construction
In about a month, construction begins on the much-disputed and much-delayed Tule Wind Project in San Diego's East County. "It has definitely crossed my mind whether or not this was going to happen," said Harley McDonald, senior business developer for Avangrid Renewables, the company in charge of the project. "There's certainly been some bumps in the road." After a dozen years of ...
By Rob Nikolewski, The San Diego Union-Tribune

TVA urged to sign pact to buy Oklahoma wind at record low prices
TVA could help propel one of the biggest transfers of wind energy across America and get the best price to do so if it agrees within the next four months to buy the electricity generated from Oklahoma and Texas wind turbines and shipped to the Tennessee Valley on a new, $2.5 billion transmission line. Clean Line Energy Partners LLC, a Houston-based company formed to build ...
By Dave Flessner, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tenn.

Development commission in Henry County won't pursue wind farm
The Henry County Economic Development Corporation has decided not to pursue locating future wind farms in the county. In an open letter Corey Murphy, president of the Henry County Economic Development Corp., said the agency hopes that two wind farms that have received zoning and tax abatement approvals will be developed. Murphy expressed concern that not welcoming ...
By Ken de la Bastide, The Herald Bulletin, Anderson, Ind.

New wind farm on pace for fall finish
Against a backdrop of DeKalb County soybean and corn fields, a Florida energy company remains busy in building a wind farm that will serve an area utility's power needs. Next Era Energy Resources is working on the Osborn Wind Energy Center from an eight-acre prep yard north of Amity, Mo. The site contains offices and necessary equipment such as cable and pad-mounted ...
By Ray Scherer, St. Joseph News-Press, Mo.

Potential problem
Along the banks of the MIddle Fork River at Kickapoo State Park, visitors can enjoy the sights and sounds of the national scenic river. Yet, they might also notice some unsightly artificial appendages towering above the thick tree line and piling up aside the river bank: remnants of the old coal-fired Dynegy power plant. It closed in 2011. In August, state and federal ...
By Brendan Denison, Commercial-News, Danville, Ill.

Work to expand Pa.'s hydro power
What do Promised Land, Tobyhanna, Gouldsboro, Hickory Run, Beltzville, Nescopeck and Ricketts Glan have in common? These state parks in Monroe County or nearby northeastern Pennsylvania are all potential sources of hydropower. Energy experts say Pennsylvania has great potential to generate more electric power from water sources than it is using. The dam at Lake Wallenpaupack is well ...
Pocono Record, Stroudsburg, Pa.

Duke Energy forecast shows slow demand growth, more solar power
Duke Energy Carolinas, in a 15-year planning forecast filed this week, projects slow growth in electricity use, more solar energy and investments to wring more energy from its biggest hydroelectric station. The filing also repeats Duke's interest in building a new nuclear power plant in upstate South Carolina. Duke expects to be awarded a construction license for the Lee plant by the ...
By Bruce Henderson, The Charlotte Observer

North Central College joins Billion Dollar Green Challenge
A solar array to be installed on the North Central College's Naperville campus this fall will be funded by an endowment aimed at reducing the institution's carbon footprint. This summer, North Central joined the Billion Dollar Green Challenge, a movement that encourages colleges, universities and other nonprofit institutions to invest a combined total of $1 billion in green revolving ...
By Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, Ill.

Swedish Retailer IKEA to Install Washington's Largest Rooftop Solar Array on Relocated Store Opening Spring 2017 in Renton, WA
IKEA, the world's leading home furnishings retailer, announced plans to install solar panels atop the relocated Seattle-area store under construction in Renton, WA. Installation will begin this fall, with completion expected in winter for the largest rooftop solar array in the State of Washington. The store's 244,504-square-foot ...
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PLMA Demand Response Training Series hosted by Ameren
Conference: September 12 - September 16, St. Louis, MO United States
The PLMA Demand Response Training Series consists of three courses presented by industry experts and hosted at member offices. All three PLMA Demand Response Training Courses will be offered. Attend one, two, or all three. more...
28th Annual Independent Energy HR Association Conference
Conference: September 21 - September 23, Charleston, South Carolina
Mobile Utility Summit 2016
Conference: September 27 - September 28, Denver, Colorado United States
Real-World Solutions, Practical Advice, Field-Tested Strategies Mobile technology is delivering big dividends to utilities, helping them capture new customers, boosting loyalty and connecting field service forces with back-office operations. Now in its third year, Energy Central's Mobile Utility Summit has established itself as the premier event where utility executives can gain actionable insights into what's next on the mobile front. more...
Smart Grid Customer Education Symposium
Conference: September 29 - September 29, Philadelphia
The Smart Grid Customer Education Symposium is the longest running, most influential gathering of utility industry professionals that meet annually to discuss best practices in smart grid customer education. Whether you are a utility looking to roll out Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) or are considering dynamic pricing or time-of-use programs, this event is for you. Both marketing and technology professionals will gain from the experience of listening to industry best practices and candid stories around smart grid deployments. From education design to measuring behavior change, this event covers all aspects of smart grid customer education. For more information, visit [External Link] more...
Itron Utility Week 2016: Resourceful Solutions
Conference: October 14 - October 21, Orlando, FL
Being more resourceful means making the most of what we have. At Itron, we're committed to developing the right solutions, for today and tomorrow, that will help us better manage the world's energy and water. Please join us in Orlando as we welcome utility industry leaders, partners and customers to Itron Utility Week 2016, Oct. 14-21. more...
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