January Energy Grid Roundup: Everything You Need to Know

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Top 12 Grid Optimization Articles of 2014 – Grid improvements and distributed grid are what utilities focus on.

10 energy numbers to remember from 2014 – Renewables, iPhone 6,  pollution, World Cup and efficiency.

Transmission & Distribution World’s 15 Most Notable Articles of 2014 – Distributed energy sources & renewables are this year’s key words.

Nuclear energy sector saw some steady progress in 2014 – India &  Russia are top clients for new nuclear plants

Blast from the past: 2014! – The 12 blog posts that you cannot miss about utilities and asset management

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12 Utility Trends For 2015

What was the biggest power breakthrough in the last 100 years? AC-DC & energy storage have changed the grid.

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Extreme Weather

Weather Forecasts North America 2015 – Temperatures above normal…which means more snow than usual! Turn your mutual aid agreement on with Veracity http://ow.ly/EucON

A snow storm for lunch! Maximize your mutual aid efforts with Veracity. Emergency response plans are essential to cope with future disasters. http://ow.ly/i/7PPS3

How is the weather like in your area? Are you a utility? Capitalize on mutual aid with Veracity Connect

PJM Seeks To Delay Idling Of 2,500 MW As Hedge Against Winter Shortages – Utilities get ready for the worst of winter.

Managing Restoration of Critical Utility Infrastructure – Our mutual aid and critical spares management platform helps you find critical equipment when the worst occurs: http://ow.ly/GyJB9

Storm Hardening the Grid – Are you ready? We can help you with mutual aid agreements http://ow.ly/E8juF

Cloud-Based Approaches to Disaster Recovery – VeracityConnect helps utilities boost mutual aid:  http://ow.ly/GS8Pe

Beyond NERC: best practices for worst-case scenarios – “Plan for recovery as well as prevention.” This is why we offer utilities Veracity Connect, a platform to source critical spares like transformers in North America http://ow.ly/Ccjlh

U.S. Power Reliability: Are We Kidding Ourselves? – “The average U.S. customer loses power for 214 minutes per year. That compares to 70 in the United Kingdom, 53 in France, 29 in the Netherlands, 6 in Japan, and 2 minutes per year in Singapore.” – IEEE Spectrum

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Nuclear

England’s Hinkley Point C nuclear plant to break ground in 2015 – Two Chinese corporations have shares in the project.

Kudankulam nuclear units to be up and running by 2021 – India’s new plant will have a capacity of 1,000 MW.

Areva clinches control systems deal for China nuclear reactors – The French company will provide instrumentation and control systems for two new reactors. The six reactors will start operating in 2018.

Nuclear reactors halted following deadly chemical leak – 3 workers died at the Shingori-3 reactor site, operated by Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co.

Nuclear power key to UAE’s sustainability – A nuclear plant is the answer to limited power generation.

Nuclear plant leaked 2,000 gallons of oil into Lake Michigan for months – The leak is now fixed, not the damages.

Vermont Just Lost 70% of Its Power From This Nuclear Shutdown

Nine local companies place bid for $1 billion hydraulic systems of Akkuyu nuke plant  – Turkey’s first nuclear plant on the coastal province of Mersin.

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U.S. Coal Losing Power Business Dominance but Not Going Away – In 2022, 230 GW will still be generated through coal.

National Grid Corporation of the Philippines to invest P2.22B in Mindanao coal plant’s transmission facility The plant will consists of four 135-MW units and will be operational by 2017-2018.

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Electric Cooperatives

NRECA Welcomes New Grid Protections for G&Ts – “NERC’s new Physical Security Grid Reliability Standards provide a framework for co-ops and other utilities to assess physical system risks, identify critical facilities, evaluate physical threats and vulnerabilities and develop an approach to address risks to the nation’s most critical substations and associated control centers,” said NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson.

Old FedEx Truck Now Helps Coop Restore Power – The truck now delivers parts to crews in the field.

Connect with other co-ops, OEMs & leading transformer brokers to leverage a pool of critical spares

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Regulations

EPA releases coal ash rule – The Environmental Protection Agency will consider coal ash as household waste.

Utility Spending on Energy Efficiency Soars as Supportive State Policies Are Expanded

Utility regulators authorize Xcel generating projects – The company will be able to build more than $500 million in new generating units.

EPA’s rule rigged against nuclear – Climate change requires quick action from regulators and utilities.

The biggest threat to demand response? It may not be the Order 745 ruling.

EPA defines classification of fly ash from coal fired power plants – Can environment and coal coexist?

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Decommissioning

Decommissioning Projects – Why it takes so long & costs so much

Westinghouse, Bechtel Announce Alliance for U.S. Decontamination, Decommissioning of nuclear plants

Exelon: Company dismantling Zion nuclear plant is running out of money – Around 40% of the costs are “in shipping and disposing of low level radioactive waste”. $800 million may not be enough for decommissioning.

Fitch Ratings Warns on Early Nuclear Retirements – Is reducing the nuclear percentage in energy sources a bad thing?

Global nuclear decommissioning cost seen underestimated, may spiral – Several companies admit that their decommissioning funds are not sufficient.

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Renewables

Utilities Should Avoid Over-Investing When Integrating Renewable Energy into their Grid – Renewables require a solid investment plan.

Report: Distributed-Renewables Disruption Will Reduce Utility Revenues By Up To $123 Billion A Year By 2025 – Could utilities change the game?

A huge floating solar farm will be built on a reservoir in Japan – Would solar be the new offshore renewable source of energy?

EDF confirms 400 MW Brazil hydro acquisition – EDF has secured 51% stake of the Sinop hydroelectric project.

2015 OUTLOOK: Brazil gets serious about solar – Climate changes push the grid to its limits, with a need for renewables more than ever.

India Committed to World’s Largest Solar Park – NTPC Limited’s plant has a capacity of 750 MW.

Utility of the future – solar, storage, EVs and micro-grids – Consumers become prosumers and have more influential power than you think.

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Grid Improvement

BC Hydro Delivers Power and Progress – The company led the Northwest Transmission 213-mile line project carried out in only 2 years, creating 5,500 direct jobs.

Transmission Line Connects Minnesota and Wisconsin – Building the transmission line involves construction on an island. Construction crews commute by barges and boats.

ITC Great Plains Energizes V-Plan Transmission Line, Substations in Kansas

Kenya Power to invest US$95.9m in 36 new substations around the country – The goal is to improve the grid’s reliability. A total of 5,000 MW of power will be added to the grid by 2017.

How utilities can plan for the future of transmission and distributed generation –  Flexibility and cost-justifiability are the new transmission & distribution keywords.

Greater demands on outage management systems mean more investment coming

FirstEnergy completes $6 million transmission project – The project aims at meeting the demand growth driven by the shale gas industry across its Ohio Edison service area.

$356 bn needed for Arab power projects: study – The projects focus on capacity expansion & distribution network.

NY offers $14.5 million for power plant upgrades – The money comes from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative “a carbon cap-and-trade program that charges fossil fuel-burning power plants for the carbon dioxide they emit.”

Eaton wins contract from Green Mountain Power to upgrade automate electrical system in Vermont

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Grid Equipment

Equipment Criticality: What makes your industrial equipment essential to your company

NYPA approves budget that includes $24.5M for transformer and circuit breaker replacement in Massena – Six 765-kV transformers will be installed, each weighing 200 tons.

Transformers: An Essential Link of the Electrical Grid

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Smart Grid

Great Progress on Smart Grid and Smart City Predictions for 2020

How to make your smart grid even smarter – Storage, microgrids and software are utilities’ new key tools.

Smart Cities Charlotte May 12 – 13, 2015 – Smart Cities is an Energy Central event designed to educate utilities, solution providers and communities on the steps and paths to collaboratively develop Smart Cities in their region. #SmartCities2015

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Company News

We launched our large surplus online catalogue featuring like-new assets from utilities

Veracity Connect: a platform to automate mutual aid – Veracity Connect allows members to work together to strengthen mutual aid and to be better prepared for infrastructure failure and extreme weather events.

Access reports from the U.S. utility industry – Electric Infrastructure, Asset Management and Grid Security

Recovering value from a plant decommissioning? Learn more about some of the projects we carried out.

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Here is a new way for utilities to source critical spares: Veracity Connect & LinkedIn. Curious about it? We will be glad to answer all your questions. Contact us at info@veracityamg.com or 1-866-694-1252.

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Join the Investment Recovery Canada LinkedIn group and find opportunities for your Canadian company.

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Are you paying to get rid of idle assets? Turn them into money back with our Investment Recovery Team.

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Supply Chain & ISO 14000: Connecting Sustainability and Investment Recovery

Debunking 5 myths of Purchasing Reconditioned Electrical Assets – Infographic

7 ways to dispose of your surplus assets!

Collaborative economy & idle assetYour surplus equipment can serve your sustainability

Webinars for Utilities: A la carte! We help utilities with mutual aid & asset mgmt services: www.veracityamg.com

Critical Spares Infographic – Do you have critical spares you need to turn into money back to the bottom line? http://ow.ly/i/5VuQV

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The Biggest Power Breakthroughs

The Biggest Power Breakthrough infographicOriginal article:

What was the biggest power breakthrough in the last 100 years?

part one

Kathleen Wolf Davis | Dec 13, 2014

A lot of things have changed. It used to be that utilities talked about outages and reliability. Now they talk about branding and social media—and outages and reliability. OK. So maybe we haven’t totally changed. There’s certainly been evolution, but there’s also a solid base underneath all that new growth.

So, we knocked on a few doors and asked about that solid base—the industry a-ha moments that defined the last century. What are the biggest, most powerful elements in the equation? We’ve separated these answers into three parts. This section is part one. Stay tuned for parts two and three in the upcoming weeks into 2015.

Read the first installment of this series from Thanksgiving here.

See if you agree with the answers. (Whether you do or you don’t, tell us all about it on Twitter @IntelUtil using the #powerbreakthru.)

AC VS. DC CHOICE

“I believe the biggest breakthrough/achievement was the development of the automatic secondary alternating current distribution network by the United Electric Light & Power Co. of NY in 1922.

“The first 40 years of utility power distribution to customers was primarily in the form of direct current due to efficiency issues with alternating current in areas of dense concentration of load. The renowned engineer Charles Steinmetz recommended, in 1896, that dc distribution should be installed wherever the customer base was sufficient to amortize the investment in the expensive substations and heavy copper cables that were required for 120/240 volt dc power distribution. Retention of dc also enabled the use of battery reserve/backup in the substations. By the second decade of the 20th century, the cost of dc distribution represented 50% of the total system investment and companies began exploring means to make ac distribution more practical.

“Virtually every city had an alternating current network concept under development by 1920 but all had some deficiency. The United automatic network was the first to resolve all the issues and became the standard; it also introduced the modern 208Y/120 volt three-phase, four-wire system. Six years after introduction it was cited by N Y Edison Co. President Matthew Sloan in his disclosure of the planned conversion of the NYE system to ac—a system which was then the most complex and extensive dc utility distribution in the world. The automatic network enabled continued reduction in the cost of power, simplified the physical requirements of utility system and enabled standardization of electrical products. Prior to that, generation involved both 60 Hz. for ac customers and 25 Hz and substation conversion for dc customers. Consumer products had also involved two separate lines, one for urban dc customers and another for ac customers. The results encouraged greater market expansion with consequent load growth and economies of scale as simpler and more efficient ac devices came on the market. A total of 315 US utilities adopted the automatic network over the next fifty years, today more than 350 cities worldwide employ automatic distribution networks.”

  • Joe Cunningham, power historian/author of the book “New York Power”

“At a traditional level, the greatest breakthrough in the last 100 years was the advent of alternating current, which brought electricity to the masses, regardless of location.”

  • Karen Joslyn, vice president, energy and manufacturing, SAS

 

“The choice between AC and DC power has been one of the biggest milestones in the industry in the last 100 years. We struggled to choose between AC and DC power and picked the best compromise technology offered 100 years ago. Looking ahead, I believe the biggest breakthrough that will revolutionize the smart grid is just a few steps ahead of us when we combine the equivalent unanswered dilemma of radio frequency (RF) and power line carrier (PLC) communications for the smart grid by changing the game and combining both technologies together.”

 

  • Simon Pontin, CTO, Itron

 

“The ability to harness and actually use electricity was the biggest breakthrough.  At that point, we could create a business around electricity, and it changed the world.”

 

  • Mike Guyton, senior vice president and chief customer officer, Oncor

 

“The automated secondary network AC system was and is an engineering marvel and was the smart grid of its day. This special network grid is very costly to build and maintain. However, compared to where smart grid solutions have evolved to date, it is still the superior solution.”

 

  • Carl Goeckeler, utility engineer, KCP&L

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY

“What’s probably most striking about the energy industry over the past 100 years is how little it has changed.  If Thomas Edison were to come back today, he would find an electric system that looks and functions largely as it did 100 years ago.  That is changing with the introduction of digital technology.  Microchips and microprocessors will change the nature of our generation, the way we operate the grid, the service we offer consumers and our communications with consumers.  The digital age marks the third major economic revolution in history.”

  • Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO, ComEd

Many sections on tech advances are interconnected, really.

DEMAND RESPONSE

“For years, the power grid was a one-way network. Utilities could control supply, but they couldn’t adequately or dynamically control demand. The most practical way to deal with an anticipated spike in consumption was to increase supply. Demand response was the first step in transforming the relationship between utilities and consumers into a two-way street. Solar, wind, nuclear power and other innovations have all been about changing the mix of supply: demand response really allowed the industry to examine what they do from the other way around. Over the next 100 years, controlling demand will play a fundamental role in the power industry. It will help reduce emissions, allow utilities to postpone capital upgrades, and help conserve natural resources.

“You’re also going to see a greater awareness among consumers about how to use power and how to reduce their bills that can be traced back to the development of demand response. Demand response will also shift from being about getting large amounts of power from a few customers a few times a year to small amounts of customers across wide territories on a continual basis. The grid will become fluid.

“It’s a clunky name, but a beautiful concept.”

  • Amit Narayan, CEO, AutoGrid Systems

BATTERY ENERGY STORAGE

“My personal favorite is battery energy storage because it decouples generation from consumption.”

  • Gary Rackliffe, vice president of smart grids, ABB

Now that you know what made the power industry in the last 100 years, what about what’s coming in the next 100? Get a jumpstart with some background into smart cities. Save the date for Energy Central’s Smart Cities 2015 conference March 24-25, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Early bird registration will open soon.


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Webinars for Utilities: A la carte!

Webinars for UtilitiesWebinars are a great medium to get high-quality information through qualified speakers’ presentations and slides. On specific dates for live webinars, or on-demand as recorded presentations, there is the choice. The number of webinars designed for utilities has increased over the last few years. Most of them are free or at a reasonable cost.

For each webinar, click on the picture or the weblink below it. Here is the menu:

 

clicksoftware_logo_CMYK Webinar UtilitiesThe Future of Mobile Workforce Management for Utilities

   January 22, 2015, 11 am EST   http://ow.ly/Hne9Q

“Mobile Workforce Management is amongst the top 5 applications utilities intend to invest in over the next 12-24 months, according to data from IDC Energy Insights. Why the urgency? Join Roberta Bigliani, VP and Analyst at IDC Energy Insights and Mike Karlskind, VP of Product Marketing at ClickSoftware as they discuss several challenges faced by utilities and how the most successful organizations are managing them with a combination of the right resources and technology.

Topics covered include:

  • Successful smart meter deployments
  • Streamlining and enhancing customer experience
  • Integrated storm management
  • Agility for shift priorities”

Speakers: Roberta Bigliani, VP and Analyst at IDC Energy Insights, Mike Karlskind, VP of Product Marketing at ClickSoftware.


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Defining the Value of the Grid

January 22, 2015, 2 pm EST    http://ow.ly/HniHJ

“Our legacy grid has value and deserves continued investment. As we transition toward a more integrated grid that can accommodate new distributed energy sources, utility-scale renewables and energy storage, we need to keep the best of the old while embracing the new.

Today’s electric utility industry leadership faces many challenges. As we rebuild and harden an aging T&D infrastructure, we must embrace new technologies that often are introduced by fast-moving customers or competitors. We also face a new competitive landscape where utilities compete for transmission projects. These challenges and more are occurring in an era of low (or no) load growth.

Speakers: In this webinar, Ken Bowes, Vice President-Engineering for Connecticut Light & Power, and Mike Beehler, Vice President of Burns & McDonnell’s Transmission & Distribution Division, will explore a number of issues facing utilities, regulators and public policy makers as they redefine the value of the grid and position the industry for the abundant opportunities of the future”


American Public Power Logo_2C_S1DEED Webinar: The Solar Roadmap – A Tool to Help Utilities Become Solar-ReadyYou will need your APPA login information to have access to the webinar.

January 27, 2015, 2 pm – 3:30 pm EST   http://ow.ly/HmZe0

“As the owners and operators of the electric grid, utilities control the playing field on which solar installations happen. Innovative utilities recognize the tremendous opportunity this presents and are taking advantage of solar to diversify their resource base, connect with customers and create new business opportunities. To help utilities navigate this new space, Western Area Power Administration, the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and Optony Inc. have teamed up to provide free technical assistance directly to utilities using the Solar Roadmap platform.

The Solar Roadmap team works with participating utilities to benchmark their existing programs and policies, and highlight opportunities to become more involved in local solar deployment. These opportunities are presented in the form of a ‘roadmap,’ an interactive online platform that is updated as the utility makes progress. Each roadmap is customized and features a set of actions the utility can pursue to prepare itself for increasing levels of distributed generation. Topics include new developments; such as community solar program design, online solar mapping tools, updated billing systems, and alternatives to net metering; along with traditional areas such as interconnection standards and processes.

Each action is accompanied by templates and case studies from other utilities that have achieved it. This gives participating utilities more insight into what their peers are doing and provides practical steps for taking action. Participants also receive the benefit of direct technical assistance for utility staff to help implement these recommendations.”

Speakers: Becky Campbell, Senior Manager, Research and Advisory Services, SEPA; Thomas Yurysta, Senior Project Manager, Optony Inc.


 

Renewable Biz UtilityEnergy Market Trends and Impact of the Clean Power Plan: Black & Veatch 2015 Energy Market Perspective

Janurary 28, 2015, 1 pm EST   http://ow.ly/Hn7C4

“Black & Veatch invites you to join our free webinar highlighting key findings from our 2015 outlook on the integrated North American energy markets. This one-hour webinar will cover: * How oil prices and the oil industry will ultimately impact the natural gas and power industries * The potential impacts the Clean Power Plan and other environmental regulations will have on the U.S. power market * 25-year energy price forecasts that include projected natural gas, coal and oil prices, average electricity and capacity prices, and carbon emissions price

American Public Power Logo_2C_S1Energy Efficiency Webinar Series: Implementing an Energy Efficiency Portfolio

February 10, 2015, 2 pm – 3:30 pm EST   http://ow.ly/Hn0Ao

“To promote energy efficiency to customers, utilities need a portfolio of programs targeted at various segments of customers. This webinar will provide a high-level overview on how to develop and implement an energy efficiency portfolio suited to your unique customer base.

One of the most important aspects of a successful energy efficiency program is building participation from the targeted customers. Too often, customers indicate their willingness to participate early on, then don’t support the program once it’s launched. Learn strategies for building customer buy-in early and keeping them involved through market outreach, a high level of customer service, and branding initiatives.

  • Developing programs & portfolios
  • Market research for program design
  • Program planning, design and implementation
  • Marketing demand side management programs and the customer value proposition”

Speaker: Wallace Barron, President, Barron & Associates Corporate Solutions, Atlanta, Ga.


American Public Power Logo_2C_S1Public Power’s Unique Business Model and Governance Structure

February 12, 2015, 2 pm – 3:30 pm EST    http://ow.ly/Hn1Hl

“Two basic factors for new and experienced public power governing board members to understand are the unique elements of public power’s traditional business model, and the different structures of public power governance. This webinar addresses the components of the public power business model and the challenges it faces as the industry transitions. The instructor will also cover the various structures of public power governance (utility board, city council, etc.) and how to assure the maximum effectiveness of whichever governance model your community employs.”

Speaker: Dr. Jeff Tarbert, President & CEO, The Tarbert Group, LLC, Falls Church, Va.  Jeff retired after 37 years as senior vice president with the American Public Power Association, where he oversaw member services programs, and worked in the areas of governance, strategy, utility management and energy efficiency.


 American Public Power Logo_2C_S1Electric Utility 101: Generation

February 17, 2015, 2 pm – 3:30 pm EST    http://ow.ly/Hn2ka

“Power supply and delivery are highly technical, complex and interrelated issues. Historically the generation sector was made up of traditional production facilities such as coal, nuclear, hydro, gas and oil. Today, generation is more diverse and includes not only traditional fuel sources but also a wide range of renewable generation, such as wind and solar. In addition, integrated resource planning and demand-side programs also impact supply-side options.

This webinar, aimed at policymakers and non-technical employees, focuses on the first step in the complex power supply chain, the production of electric energy. The instructor will also present an overview of the major types of generation characteristics when supplying the daily load curves.”

Speaker: Wallace Barron, President, Barron & Associates, Corporate Solutions, LLC, Atlanta, Ga.  Wallace has over 40 years of experience in the electric energy industry, 15 of which have been with public power and cooperative systems. He previously worked as a vice president of marketing, customer service, and distribution technology at the Florida Power Corporation. Wallace has a broad range of experience in the utility industry. His responsibilities have included key accounts, customer service, rates and pricing, economic development, demand-side management, strategic planning and distribution engineering. He has also served as an expert witness on many of these topics.


American Public Power Logo_2C_S1Electric Utility 101: Substations

March 19, 2015, 2 pm – 3:30 pm EST   http://ow.ly/Hn34n

“Substations are the transition points in the electric grid. They connect the generation, transmission and distribution systems. Substations come in all sizes and shapes and are the point where most retail utilities buy their wholesale power. They can be complex control nodes in the system and will be a significant focus for the smart grid at the generation and transmission levels.

This webinar provides a non-technical overview into the applications and functions of substations. The instructor will cover why substations are needed and the role they play in a reliable electric supply chain.”

Speaker: Wallace Barron, President, Barron & Associates, Corporate Solutions, LLC, Atlanta, Ga.  Wallace has over 40 years of experience in the electric energy industry, 15 of which have been with public power and cooperative systems. He previously worked as a vice president of marketing, customer service, and distribution technology at the Florida Power Corporation. Wallace has a broad range of experience in the utility industry. His responsibilities have included key accounts, customer service, rates and pricing, economic development, demand-side management, strategic planning and distribution engineering. He has also served as an expert witness on many of these topics.


American Public Power Logo_2C_S1RP3 Series: Reliability

March 20, 2015, 1 pm – 2 pm EST   http://ow.ly/Hn3Or

“In the reliability section you will be asked to (a) track your reliability indices and power quality, (b) plan for the future through mutual aid and emergency plans, and (c) maintain physical and cyber security. The goal of this section is to ensure that you have the core tenets in place to deliver reliable electricity to your community.”

Speakers: Neil James, Manager Distribution Operations, Santee Cooper, APPA RP3 Staff


American Public Power Logo_2C_S1RP3 Series: Safety

March 27, 2015, 1 pm – 2 pm EST   http://ow.ly/Hn4u0

“The core purpose of the safety section is to encourage a culture of safety throughout your utility. Essential items like having an updated safety manual, holding regular safety meetings, and conducting disaster drills make up the majority of this section. Each year, APPA’s Safety Committee reviews this section to ensure that you are meeting current safety standards and regulations.”

Speaker: Jon Beasley, Superintendent, Electric Cities of Georgia, APPA RP3 Staff


greentechmedia Webinar UtilitiesPV Power and Power Quality: Understanding Your Options for Utility-Scale Grid Compliance

On-demand    http://ow.ly/Hn5GS

Learn about:

  • “Upfront planning:  Understanding up front what issues could occur downstream will be better for the lifecycle of your project than unexpectedly down the road.
  • Inverter selection:  Key considerations in inverter selection to make the most economically productive use of your solar inverters and comply with interconnection agreements.
  • Power quality:  Taking a look at proven technologies like BESS and STATCOM within the substation that PV plants can use to address congestion issues and other grid code requirements.  When should you consider each of these technologies and how do they benefit the developer?”

Speakers: Ulf Andersson, Director of Engineering, ABB Power Systems, US – Substations; Jaspreet Singh, Product Manager, Utility Inverters, North America, ABB; Martin Shalhoub, Manager, Power Systems Consulting, North America; Pat Hayes, Account Manager for Energy Storage Power Conversion Systems, ABB.


Webinar Utility UtilitiesOn demand – 60 minutes    http://ow.ly/HmXE6

Learn:

  • “How to test scalability without the significant capital investment
  • Ways to prepare the back office for mobility and the data explosion while keeping customers satisfied
  • How to apply more rigorous testing to the applications earlier in the lifecycle and enable organizations to reduce defects getting into production.”

Speaker: Jeff Cunliffe — CEO, Automation Consultants, Jeff Cunliffe has a background in technology management spanning 20 years starting back in 1994 for US Defense firm, Rockwell. Jeff founded Automation Consultants in 2000, a company that provides IT solutions for the Utilities sector and has driven it to be the success it is today. He has an engineering degree from London University and a Masters degree in economics from Oxford University.”


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Happy New Year! May 2015 bring you Happiness & Success!

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Energy & Utility Events Update

The trade show season has started. We decided to give you an update on the coming events. Below is a list of the most pertinent conferences and trade shows in the energy sector and utility supply chain management in North America.

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Canadian Energy Supply Chain Summit VeracityOctober 28-30, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Produced in partnership with the Supply Chain Management Association of Alberta, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters and the Government of Alberta, the Canadian Energy Supply Chain Forum is a two and a half day conference and trade show focused on helping and enabling Canadian energy companies build a world-class supply chain.

This event will provide a number of world-class examples of supply chain management excellence and deliver guidance on how to think, interact and approach your daily work in new and innovative ways. The CESCF will provide insights on how Canadian energy companies can achieve supply chain excellence by re-evaluating communication practices, scope preparation, contract negotiation, risk management, integrated project delivery and more.

http://www.supplychainforum.ca/index.php/schedule


 APPrO 2014 – 26th Annual Canadian Power Conference & NetworkingAPPrO 2014 – 26th Annual Canadian Power Conference & Networking Veracity Energy

November 18-19, 2014 – Toronto Convention Centre

Two days of information sharing by the industry’s most knowledgeable and expert speakers, stimulating discussion among the key players and innovators and prime networking opportunities at hosted events including the Power Networking Centre!

APPrO’s annual conference hosts delegates and exhibitors from across the spectrum of the power generation business. No other event brings you this critical mass of power professionals.

http://www.appro2014.com/

Brochure: http://ow.ly/CnxtC

Carole Kielly, Marketing Manager: carole.kielly@appro.org – 416-322-6549 ext 226


 

Federation of Alberta Gas-Co-ops Ltd. Annual General Meeting & Trade FairFederation Alberta Gas Co-op Veracity

November 24-27, 2014, Delta Edmonton South Hotel/Radisson Edmonton South Hotel, Alberta, Canada

For 50 years, the Federation of Alberta Gas Co-ops Ltd. and its 81 Member Utilities have been proud to have helped build Rural Alberta. The supply of natural gas to remote areas of our province has been essential to the development of Alberta, and has ensured all Albertans have access to a great quality of life no matter where they are. From a small collection of farmers to now the world’s largest rural gas distribution system, we are proud of our story and will celebrate it at our Annual General Meeting and Trade Fair this November.

Program: http://www.fedgas.com/public/data/documents/01TradeFairBrochure14pdf.pdf

http://www.fedgas.com/admin/contentx/default.cfm?h=2&PageId=11163

For more information, contact Dawn Dietz at the Federation Office
(780) 416-6543 or ddietz@fedgas.com


 NET 2015 – Touchstone Energy Annual New and Emerging TechnologiesTouchstone Energy Veracity Connect

January 26-29, 2015, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.

NET 2015 is Touchstone Energy’s premiere B2B conference connecting national energy managers and key account personnel from around the nation. Hear and see what new technologies and topics are shaping our industry from national speakers and experts. View new products and services from our valued sponsors and exhibitors and network with beautiful Tucson as your backdrop.

Contact: Kathryn Momot, Program Manager, Kathryn.Momot@nreca.coop, (703) 907-5707

http://net.touchstoneenergy.com/content/net-2015


 TechAdvantage Expo

Tech Advantage 2014 Veracity Connect

February 23-26, 2015, Orlando, Florida, U.S.

TechAdvantage is at the forefront of innovation, delivering critical technologies that are transforming the world of engineering, information technology, energy services, operations, supply management and business. Join everyone for four days of leading-edge strategies and best practices created to share and demonstrate advantages in science, technology and other industry areas that will benefit Co-op Nation well into the 21st century.

Who comes to TechAdvantage?

  • Engineers eager to leverage new applications and existing technologies to do their jobs well and do their jobs right
  • Sharp operations professionals wanting to keep pace with new technologies who are ready to execute results and fire on all cylinders
  • IT professionals targeting new skills and analyzing practical information to manage infrastructure, security and strategy
  • Frontline supply managers attentive to new ideas and innovative products that they can maneuver and apply at their co-ops
  • National co-op leaders wanting to hear from technology experts about what they see coming to determine how their co-ops will meet new challenges
  • Smart co-op insiders, hungry for what comes next and re-energized by new ideas that will elevate their efforts to new levels

Eric Commodore, NRECA
Telephone: 703.907.5577, Fax: 703.907.5521, eric.commodore@nreca.coop

Mary Novack, Kenworthy Management, Inc., NRECA Show Management
Telephone: 718.578.4658, Fax: 718.848.5095mary@kenworthymanagement.com

http://www.techadvantage.org


 Supply Chain Management Association National Conference

Supply Chain Management Association Veracity Asset Management GroupJune 10 to 12, 2015, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Canada’s premier event for supply chain management professionals is also its largest. Each year, 500 top procurement and supply chain decision-makers from across Canada come together at the SCMA National Conference to discover the latest developments and best practices in the profession.

http://www.scmanational.ca/nationalconference/

Email: info@scmanational.ca


 

Southeastern Electric Exchange Annual Conference & Trade Show

Southeastern Electric Exchange Annual Conference & Trade Show

June 24-26, 2015 – Hershey, PA

 The Southeastern Electric Exchange is a non-profit trade association of investor-owned electric utility companies.

What makes the SEE Annual Conference and Trade Show a popular choice:

—for Utility Members?

  • Breakout sessions provide in-depth presentations by industry experts on the latest issues and applications.
  • General Sessions highlight different perspectives on global issues that affect our business.
  • Roundtable sessions provide feedback and solutions to current technical challenges.
  • Breaks and banquet functions present invaluable opportunities for networking with colleagues in an informal setting and “putting a face with a name.”
  • Tradeshow booths provide access to the latest in equipment and technology.

…for Manufacturers, Contractors, Consultants, Specialists and Professionals?

  • This three-day event affords many opportunities to meet and network with your customers in both formal business settings and informal business social environments.
  • During this event SEE offers further opportunity to increase your company’s customer base, brand awareness and visibility through
    -Trade Show exhibit booths
    -Corporate Sponsorship (more info)

S.E.E. Conference Coordinator: Amy Bekele, phone: 404/233-1188
S.E.E. Trade Show Coordinator: Kendra Cutno, phone: 404/233-1188

http://www.theexchange.org/index.html


IEEE-PES 2016 T&D Conference & Exposition

IEEE-PES 2016 T&D Conference & Exposition VeracityIEEE-PES 2016 T&D Conference & ExpositionMay 2-5, 2016 – Dallas, TX

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers – Power & Energy Society

This event will showcase the technologies, products, companies and minds that will lead our industry through the next fifty years.

http://www.ieeet-d.org/

http://www.ieee-pes.org/


2016 APP National Conference & Public Power Expo – American Public Power Association

American Public Power AssociationJune 10-15, 2016 – Phoenix, AZ

The APPA National Conference & Public Power Expo is public power’s largest annual meeting and THE place for industry suppliers to gain exposure with C-level executives and policymakers from municipally owned electric utilities. The 1,200+ attendees represent 330 unique utilities from more than 35 states.

Connect with hundreds of public power leaders from around the country, including: governing boards, city council members, mayors, general managers, senior utility executives, utility managers and future leaders responsible for policy and strategy, industry partners, including strategic thinkers and subject matter experts

Why should my company participate?

An event for conference attendees who want to learn about the latest offerings in:

  • customer service;
  • cyber security;
  • disaster preparedness;
  • energy efficiency;
  • finance;
  • governance & management;
  • legislative & regulatory issues;
  • power supply; and
  • reliability & infrastructure.

The American Public Power Association represents not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities that power homes, businesses and streets in nearly 2,000 towns and cities, serving 47 million Americans.


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September Digest: Keep Calm, Fall Is Here

September is already over. Fall entered the stage and leaves are showing a whole new range of orange and red. Here is an overview of posts we released on this blog this past month and key news from the utility industry.

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What happened to that national high voltage transmission system? http://ow.ly/AZaZj ““You can’t get enough clean energy from distributed resources,” said former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) chairman and staunch distributed energy resources (DERs) advocate Jon Wellinghoff.”

State governments pushing cities and utilities to get microgrids http://ow.ly/AZcSJ “The microgrid concept is gaining popularity especially in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey and New York, all of which have microgrid initiatives.”

U.S. utility’s 10-year $8.1bn transmission investments to boost economy http://ow.ly/AZXBL “The investment will bring $4.3 million in salary and benefits, along with $640 million for state and local governments, NJ Spotlight reports.”

Electric grid facing security threats from all sides http://ow.ly/B5RQ1 “”The secure and reliable delivery of electricity is a vital cornerstone of modern American society,” according to the CSPC.”

U.S.-wide blackout possible from small scale attack: FERC http://ow.ly/BhIeP “The report states that of the 55 substations in the nation, it would only take nine of them to fail in order for the whole power system to go down. The U.S. has only three separate grid systems.”

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Duke Energy set to auction off a million items from shuttered Crystal River nuclear plant http://ow.ly/BLME8 Auction is a good way to recover investment. We can help you do the same: http://ow.ly/BLMVy

Longest transmission link delivers renewable power http://ow.ly/BDWtQ “ABB has commissioned the converter stations to the 3,150 megawatt Rio Madeira High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) link in Brazil. At approximately 2,400 kilometers, the power connection is the longest transmission link in the world, according to ABB.”

Boldest utilities moving to the cloud http://ow.ly/BVVCI “Cloud computing is presenting challenges for regulated utilities in that the opportunity presented by the cloud must be looked at differently in the utility industry, according to IDC Energy Insights.” http://ow.ly/i/70EiL Veracity Connect is a part of the cloud and makes things easy for utilities to source critical spares: http://ow.ly/BVW4g

The utility that wants to build microgrids for customers (should you do the same?) http://ow.ly/BOKha “”Far from threatening the utility business, as the naysayers would have it, microgrids could present new business opportunities for utilities, with two recently launched initiatives pointing the way,” says a recent article in Engerati.”

Dynegy to buy over $6B in power generation assets from Duke, ECP http://ow.ly/BYHx5 “The company plans to spend $2.8 billion on Duke’s retail business and ownership interest in several plants and $3.45 billion for assets of Energy Capital Partners, or ECP. The deal will add about 12,500 megawatts of coal and gas generation and expand Dynegy’s retail business into Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan.”

Have a great October month!


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The Transformer Problem

Transformer Problem Veracity Connect WillisThe consequences of any transformer failure are important, from a 20-minute outage, to a black-out of several days, resulting in hundreds or thousands of customers in the dark and significant loss revenue.

Transformers are the essential links between power generation, transmission and distribution systems.

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According to Willis North America, “transformers have for decades been ranked in the top five by equipment insurers in terms of claims”. The U.S. Department of Energy states that “the average age of installed Large Power Transformers (LPTs) in the U.S. is approximately 38 to 40 years”.

Power Transformer Failure CGRE Veracity ConnectUtilities have to deal with high pressure. Deregulation, increasing demand for electricity and shortage of skilled workers have prevented utilities to invest in capital infrastructure.

Prices of the main materials, copper and steel, have skyrocketed. The price of transformers has doubled. “A large transformer that cost $500,000 in 1960, now has a replacement cost of about $4,000,000.” “Projections of capital required to maintain reliable service across the system are simply beyond the financial capacity of many of the relatively new transmission and distribution (T&D) companies.” (Willis North America). Also, the average lead time for a new unit is …750 days.

This is why Veracity Asset Management Group has designed Veracity Connect, a critical spares management solution. Veracity Connect connects utilities, cooperatives, OEMs and leading transformer brokers, to leverage a pool of available critical spares. Utilities can quickly locate matching spare transformers and capital equipment across North America and take advantage of economies of scale.

Veracity Connect, collaborative platformLearn more at www.veracityamg.com. Contact us today at 866-694-1252 or info@veracityamg.com to become a Veracity Connect member.

Veracity launches its Veracity Connect Showcase Page on LinlkedIn

ImageWe just launched our first Showcase Page on the professional platform LinkedIn. It features Veracity Connect, our web-based platform specifically for the energy sector that helps utility companies take a proactive approach to Critical Spares Management. Using Veracity Connect, distribution, transmission and generation companies can access available equipment from fellow Connect members, Equipment Resellers, OEM’s and Major Industry.

Once a company has joined with Veracity Connect, Veracity takes that companies fleet of critical equipment and goes out to the marketplace to source available spares that match that companies fleet specifications. Veracity provides regular updated reports both on matched spares and those critical assets that spares are not available. This information can them be used to assist with capital equipment planning as well as provide relevant information for risk mitigation planning.

We look forward to sharing with you our next updates and getting to know you!

Veracity Sponsors EDIST 2013

Veracity Sponsors EDIST 2013

Veracity Asset Management Group (Veracity) is proud to support the Electricity Distributors Associaiton (EDA) as a general sponsor of the EDIST 2013 Conference & Exhibition, January 16th through 18th in Marhkam, ON.

We look forward to seeing you at EDIST 2013.