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Smart Energy Use
A recent report from the Bonneville Power Administration identifies the potential to enhance the use of water heaters as a demand response tool.
Community
The American Public Power Association invites voting members to nominate candidates for the Association's 2019-2020 Board of Directors. Nominations must be submitted by Feb. 11, 2019.
Community
Heartland Consumers Power District played a key role in the recent decision by Balaton, Minn.-based trū Shrimp to build a new shrimp aquaculture facility in Madison, S.D. The 50-acre site will include a nine acre, 40-foot-high structure capable of producing eight million pounds of shrimp a year. The
Bonds and Financing
Standard & Poor’s has affirmed its “AA+” long-term rating on City Utilities of Springfield’s outstanding revenue bonds and also affirmed it “AA” long-term rating on CU’s outstanding certificates of participation, the Missouri public power utility said on Jan. 10.
Reliability
The American Public Power Association’s Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Development program has funded several projects in recent years related to the use of drones, along with infrared and other types of imaging technology, for inspections of utility infrastructure.
Power Sources
Recent scholarly studies cast doubt on whether wind and solar power alone can address global climate change without support from nuclear power. NuScale Power's small modular reactor technology is ideal for public power utilities given its small footprint and other favorable siting features, scalability, compatibility with other energy resources, and its competitive cost.
Environment
Seattle City Light plans to use a new $1,619,605 grant to continue decades-old programs to conserve habitat in the Skagit Watershed of Washington state, in particular the spawning grounds of the endangered chinook salmon and steelhead trout.
Reliability
The use of infrared technology has proven to be a key tool for public power utilities as they look to nip potential reliability issues in the bud and some public power utilities are now turning to drones as one more tool in their reliability toolbox, using the drones as part of their surveying of distribution and transmission infrastructure.