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2014-04-10 16:21:37

Public Power CEO Sue Kelly Testifies at Senate Hearing WASHINGTON, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Electric utilities have been focused on improving the safety and reliability of the complex and dynamic electric grid for years, testified Sue Kelly, president and CEO of the American Public Power Association (Public Power) at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing today. Kelly testified on behalf of investor-owned, cooperatively owned, and publicly owned...

2014-04-07 04:20:50

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Electric utilities in the US are expanding their use of social media and mobile applications to improve smart grid benefits and better engage with their customers. Of the 50 largest utilities, 49 currently have active Twitter accounts, all have Facebook accounts and 15 have mobile apps. These media are critical in reaching customers during power outages but also in providing energy savings tips, bill pay and other customer engagement services,...

2014-03-13 20:22:53

SAN FRANCISCO, March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Following a decision by state regulators today, PG&E will begin reaching out to owners of master-metered mobile home parks (MHPs) in Northern and Central California for a three-year voluntary pilot program to install new gas and electric service for their residents. The statewide pilot program, ordered by the California Public Utilities Commission, closely follows a proposal put forward by PG&E last year to upgrade public safety...

2014-03-04 12:28:49

ST. LOUIS, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Six electric cooperatives in Florida, Missouri, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Texas have announced plans to deploy power-line communications systems from Aclara Technologies LLC, a leading provider of intelligent infrastructure technologies for water, gas and electric utilities and part of the Utility Solutions Group of ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE:ESE). http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20100921/CG68648LOGO Glades Electric Cooperative...

2014-02-27 08:25:04

Outdated infrastructure and an aging workforce top list of concerns in benchmark survey of utility executives. WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- According to the "2014 State of the Electric Utility" report, U.S. electric utility executives believe aging infrastructure is the most pressing challenge facing the industry, followed by the U.S. regulatory model and an aging workforce. Although cybersecurity often grabs headlines, most industry insiders don't seem threatened, with...

2014-02-11 08:38:05

DUBLIN, Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/kbsk2f/utility_smart) has announced the addition of the "Utility Smart Grid Outlook in North America: Technologies, Strategies & Case Studies" report to their offering. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769) As smart grid market drivers shift from U.S. stimulus funds to operational efficiencies, utilities are demanding that vendors prove a business case to justify...

2014-01-28 12:22:26

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Varentec, a pioneer in Grid Edge Control(TM) solutions for electric utilities, will have results from its Grid Edge Control(TM) technology presented Thursday, January 30 at 8:30am at the DistribuTECH conference in San Antonio, TX. Varentec is the first company to successfully deploy a large number of distributed, dynamic voltage control devices to optimize a distribution power network. Jason Handley, Duke project engineer is lead...

2014-01-23 08:24:03

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Varentec(TM), the first provider of intelligent Grid Edge Control(TM) solutions for electric utilities, today announced the appointment of David Konye as Vice President of Sales. Konye will be responsible for all sales and customer management for both the utility and commercial sectors in North America. "Data from our utility pilots has fully validated that the lack of Grid Edge Control(TM) represents a key business challenge for...

2014-01-21 12:22:15

Innovative Gridco Systems emPower Solution Enables Utilities to Effectively Integrate Renewables, Improve Energy Efficiency, Manage Peak Demand and Increase System Reliability WOBURN, Mass., Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Gridco Inc., a leader in active grid infrastructure solutions, today announced the availability of the only end-to-end hardware and software platform purpose built to solve current, emerging and future distribution challenges faced by electric utilities, providing them...

2014-01-14 16:21:27

$60 Million Spent Last Year to Expand and Strengthen Electric System and Meet Growing Electric Demand in Region FAIRMONT, W.Va., Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mon Power, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), has completed scheduled reliability projects for 2013 designed to further enhance the electrical system and reliability in its 34-county service area, primarily in north-central West Virginia. Major projects included transmission improvements, completion of new distribution...