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Electricity Markets
Duke-American Transmission Co. will conduct an open solicitation process for up to 600 megawatts of bi-directional electric transmission capacity on the proposed San Luis Transmission Project being developed in California’s San Joaquin Valley.
Power Sources
The National Hydropower Association and Chelan County Public Utility District have released a report advocating for public policy changes that could “unleash capabilities of hydropower for the next 30 years.”
Cybersecurity and Physical Security
The Trump Administration on April 8 said that it was designating the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization “to counter Iran’s global campaign of terrorism.”
Workforce
There are a number of strategies that public power utilities can deploy to retain employees and, in particular, lineworkers, public power officials recently said at the American Public Power Association’s Engineering and Operations Technical Conference in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Electric Vehicles
The California Energy Commission in California is launching a program to provide up to $15.5 million in funding for electric vehicle charging stations with some of the funds coming from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.
Power Sources
A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators on March 27 reintroduced the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA), legislation that aims to boost nuclear energy innovation and reestablish U.S. leadership in nuclear energy.
Environment
Monarch butterflies, under pressure worldwide because of pollution, habitat loss and other challenges, are getting a boost from Omaha Public Power District’s biodiversity program that includes enhancing natural habitat that could help them recover and thrive.
Safety
A core purpose of the American Public Power Association’s new eSafety Tracker is to collect public power utility safety data, said Alex Hofmann, the Association’s Senior Director of Energy and Environmental Services, on April 1.