October Digest

We hope you enjoyed a great Halloween weekend! October is already gone, but let’s take time to review the news and blog posts from this past month.

October Digest Utilities News Asset Management PowerBlog Posts

Veracity Is Part of the CDMN’s Outbound Soft Landing Program http://wp.me/p2EjZw-6p

Transformers: An Essential Link of the Electrical Grid http://wp.me/p2EjZw-6C

Energy & Utility Events Update http://wp.me/p2EjZw-6T

Why Using Spreadsheets is a Risk for Your Supply Chain http://wp.me/p2EjZw-76

Your Veracity Connect Newsletter – Volume 6 http://wp.me/p2EjZw-7g

Equipment Criticality http://wp.me/p2EjZw-7w


North America

Pacific Gas Electric Utilities PG&E and Florida Power & Light Sign Unique Cross-Continent Mutual Aid Agreement http://ow.ly/CK22y “To help ensure that extra resources are available to repair damage and restore service safely and more quickly following a widespread emergency, PG&E and FPL recently signed their first mutual aid agreement with another electric utility on the opposite side of the country.”

Power Transmission Utilities“Transforming the Grid: Top 5 States for Transmission Projects in 2015” by energyacuity http://ow.ly/CJDtu

Duke Energy PowerDuke Energy set to auction off a million items from shuttered Crystal River nuclear plant http://ow.ly/BRFc1 “Need a giant heat exchanger that looks like giant pipes aboard a Navy ship — large enough for a grown man to crawl through?”

Environmental Protection AgencyUp or down? The impact of EPA’s Clean Power Plan on electric rates http://ow.ly/BRRgW

Solar Flare EnergyT&D World compiled some of the best “Electricity Hoaxes, Rumors and Scams” http://ow.ly/BSjN0

SaskPower Canada Energy GenerationSaskPower to cut ribbon on Boundary Dam carbon capture project http://ow.ly/C4AHQ “Billed by SaskPower as the world’s first and largest commercial-scale carbon capture operation of its kind, the project outfits part of the coal-fired power station with a mechanism to capture carbon dioxide emissions and transport the gas through a steel pipeline into storage deep underground.”

NationalGrid utilityNational Grid customers to see 37% higher rates this winter http://ow.ly/C4plz “the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) approved a rate increase for National Grid that will raise household customers’ bills by an average of $33.”

Federal Energy Regulator CommissionFERC, NERC Initiate Review of Electric Industry Recovery and Restoration Plans http://ow.ly/CcwcN “The objective of the review is to support registered entities in ensuring reliable restoration of the bulk power system following a reliability event.” Veracity Connect can help source spare transformers quicker and for a better price: http://ow.ly/Ccwnw

NERCAre key NERC initiatives the missing link to reliability and cybersecurity? http://ow.ly/CSyzt “NERC currently has two major initiatives under way in the reliability standards and enforcement areas to which electric industry participants should pay particular attention.”

Nuclear Power GenerationNuclear Matters warns about premature plant closings http://ow.ly/CkRXn “The analysis reminds us of the very real impact that premature nuclear shutdowns can have” noted Nuclear Matters’ co-chair former Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH).”

Nuclear Power PlantNuclear operators seek to extend life of reactors to 80 years http://ow.ly/D6zgH

RG&ERG&E Receives $2.8 Million from Federal Grant Program for Improvements at Hydroelectric Generating Station http://ow.ly/CJTG0

Brookfield Renewable PowerBrookfield Renewable Power’s (Canada) CHP decommissioning http://ow.ly/D3mtZ “We’re hopeful that commercial considerations will improve and allow us to restart operations at some future point, but we do not have any such plans at this time.”


SiemensSiemens delivers switch panels worth €90m for GIS in Saudi Arabia http://ow.ly/BOTLU “Siemens is to deliver 111 switch panels for installation in five gas-insulated high-voltage switchgear in Saudi Arabia’s northern Al-Jouf region. The order is worth €90 million.”

Distributed Energy ResourcesThe essential next step for distributed energy (a transparent market that includes end users) http://ow.ly/C7Fpq “Distributed Energy Resources, or DER, is a trend to watch. DER adoption across the country, and in hot spots like California and the North East in particular, is growing.”

Coal Plant EnergyNew report on rising coal plant retirements http://ow.ly/C7LkH “approximately 13 percent of coal-fueled generating capacity has either been retired since 2012 or is planned for retirement by 2025, which surpasses the previous estimates in 2012.”

Power Transformer200 transformers distributed through southwest Nigeria where electricity supply is inadequatehttp://ow.ly/C7PmC

Exelon Power GenerationExelon to add 2,000 megawatts of natural gas generation http://ow.ly/CaSJD

ABB TransformerABB takes $30M Bangladesh power grid job http://ow.ly/Cltmn “the country’s leading transmission utility, to provide four new turnkey substations and help expand six others, to help meet the growing demand for electricity.” http://ow.ly/i/7866j

ABBABB: India a “dynamic market“ for power systems http://ow.ly/CowDV ““India is among the largest single markets for power systems,” global head of ABB’s power systems division, Claudio Facchin, said in an interview with Business Standard.”

Middle East PowerABB shifting attention from China to Middle East http://ow.ly/D6omX

EDF energy_RGB-exclusion-zone‘Go ahead’ for £16 billion nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset http://ow.ly/CSLi3 “The environmental group’s legal adviser Andrea Carta said: “This is a world record sell-out to the nuclear industry at the expense of taxpayers and the environment.”


Power Gen InternationalPower-Gen Conference, Dec 9-11, 2014 – Orlando, FL – http://ow.ly/CJsku Will you go?

Procurement ProcessHow Technology Can Enable Decentralised Procurement http://ow.ly/C7NRl “We now have the ability to monitor spend, reach out to suppliers globally through online RFP and manage supplier relationships through technology. Therefore, the theory goes, procurement activity can continue to be devolved while the information remains central.”

utilitiesUtilities Executive Forum and Roundtable: November 18-20, 2014 http://ow.ly/CsBjI

Transmission-and-Distribution-World-LogoTransmission & Distribution World October Issue! http://ow.ly/ClwRd

Electrical Safety AuthorityHazardous Homes: The New Serious Game from the Electrical Safety Authority: http://ow.ly/CSNKg

Startup UtilitiesHere’s Why You Should Consider Buying Enterprise Applications from a Start-up http://ow.ly/D3ySj Startups offer “easy-to-use technology with relatively simple but powerful integration options.” Ours is Veracity Connect: http://ow.ly/D3zfK


Company News

Michigan Municipal Electric AssociationWe are proud of being the new associate member of the Michigan Municipal Electric Association! http://www.mmeanet.org Learn more about us: www.veracityamg.com

Technology-Cloud-Computing-Energy-Savings-in-the-Cloud-IISUse the Cloud to Efficiently Source Critical Spares – Veracity Connect http://ow.ly/BZJ7k

North American Rural Electric Cooperative AssociationRevolutionizing the way Rural Electric Cooperatives approach Critical Spares Management: http://ow.ly/C4o3D http://ow.ly/i/72OXJ

Investment RecoveryWhat we do for our Clients: Investment Recovery & Critical Spares Management http://ow.ly/yliRM http://ow.ly/i/733e

Google+ CircleGoogle+ is more than a SEO tool. This is an easy way to stay in touch with our company: http://ow.ly/C7Np2

NERCBeyond NERC: best practices for worst-case scenarios http://ow.ly/Ccuuw Plan for recovery as well as prevention

Decommissioning PlantRecovering value from a plant decommissioning? Learn more about one of the projects we carried out for one of our clients: http://ow.ly/xjC1d. Decommissioning can also be a rewarding process in the frame of an effective surplus asset management program. http://ow.ly/i/79McR

Critical Spares Transformer 10 MVAAre you a Utility company? Leverage a pool of Critical Spares through the Power of Collaboration – Veracity Connect http://ow.ly/BZJ7k

Surplus Assets Did you know that 2% to 5% of a company’s entire assets are considered as idle or surplus? http://ow.ly/CsJMX

UtilitiesUtilities, are you ready for the worst? Source critical spare equipment via Veracity Connect! http://ow.ly/i/7pT4C http://ow.ly/DCAkQ

Rural Electric CooperativeRevolutionizing the way Rural Electric Cooperatives approach Critical Spares Management: http://ow.ly/CVA9U http://ow.ly/i/7g3lg

Transformer Failure Fire Veracity Asset Management Transformer leaking PCB for 7 yrs http://ow.ly/Au6W4 utilities we can help you properly dispose of idle equipment http://ow.ly/Au7tr

aging infrastructure transformerAging grid assets? How to know which equipment to replace and when http://ow.ly/D3B4M Get some help from Veracity Connect: http://ow.ly/D3C2m

Critical Spare Parts VeracityDoes it take too long to source critical spares like transformers? We can help you – Veracity Connect http://ow.ly/CVmDZ

Veracity Connect Asset Management UtilitiesWe specialize in critical spares management and asset disposition. We help companies such as utilities on a daily basis to source or dispose of critical equipment.

Contact us at 866-694-1252 or info@veracityamg.com. We are located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, with solutions available for the North American market.

Learn more about our Critical Spares Management Solution for Utilities: Veracity Connect, collaborative platformMake electrical equipment procurement easy and efficient. Locate a matching power transformer before a failure occurs!

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