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Disaster Response and Mutual Aid
Investor-owned utility Entergy recently completed the restoration of 138-kV transmission lines connected to the City of Vinton, La., that were damaged by Hurricane Laura. Crews from Lafayette Utilities Systems (LUS) continue to help restore power to customers in the public power city.
Customer Service
When Concord Municipal Light Plant (CMLP) received notice that its financial and accounting software would no longer be supported, it turned out to be a good thing.
Distributed Energy Resources
Salt River Project (SRP) has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with sPower for a 100-megawatt (MW) solar power project. Construction on the project began this summer.
Energy Efficiency
On Sept. 24, the House passed a $135 billion package of energy bills, making way for the Senate to consider comprehensive energy legislation before the end of the year.
Cybersecurity and Physical Security
The Department of Energy announced $12 million in cooperative agreements with the American Public Power Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association to develop cybersecurity solutions for utilities, with $6 million allocated to each organization.
Energy Storage
New York utility regulators and the state’s grid operator this month took separate actions aimed at encouraging the wider use of energy storage.
Energy Storage
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently sided with the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency, allowing the joint action agency to use energy storage devices to reduce demand under a contract between NCEMPA and Duke Energy Progress LLC.
Customer Service
Rock Hill Utilities, a South Carolina public power utility that began using text messages as an outage notification tool in May, is now looking at expanding its use for other functions to save time and money.