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Distributed Energy Resources
Silicon Valley Power and Power Ledger successfully completed the first stage of a program to test the use of blockchain technology for tracking and monetizing carbon dioxide reduction credits for electric vehicle charging and now plan to proceed to the second phase of the project.
Cybersecurity and Physical Security
The Texas Association of Governmental Information Technology Managers awarded the City of Bryan, Texas with the President’s Excellence Award to acknowledge efforts in developing a cultural shift relative to cybersecurity.
Energy Storage
The American Public Power Association is voicing support for legislation recently introduced in the House and Senate that would boost research and development of technologies to increase energy storage capabilities and make public power utilities eligible for storage technical assistance and grants.
The American Public Power Association and several other trade groups are voicing concerns over a Federal Communications Commission proposal to open the 6 GHz spectrum band to unlicensed use, saying that they have significant concerns that the proposal could threaten the integrity of their mission-critical communications networks.
Electricity Markets
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $28 million to begin work on a major new transmission upgrade project in the Mohawk Valley and Capital Region. The project stems from a proposal submitted by LS Power Grid New York and the New York Power Authority to improve reliability and provide better access to renewable energy through a key corridor.
Washington State’s Chelan County PUD received the 2019 Corporate Volunteer Award from the United States Energy Association for the utility’s work with the Ugandan Electricity Generation Company, Ltd.
Electric Vehicles
The Wellesley Municipal Light Plant in Massachusetts, the Town of Wellesley Sustainable Energy Committee and Sagewell announced the launch of a new program for electric vehicle drivers that encourages EV drivers in Wellesley to charge their vehicles during overnight hours in exchange for an $8.00 credit on their electric bill each month.
The city council of Pueblo, Colo., has voted in favor of taking the next step in studying the feasibility of municipalization.