An independent, third-party forensic analysis commissioned by Entergy New Orleans, SMG and the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District to investigate the cause of the partial power outage during Super Bowl XLVII has confirmed that the cause of the outage was the "misoperation" of a relay device.
A European consortium, consisting of DNV KEMA, Fraunhofer ISE, EMD International, RAH and RFVV, has begun an EU-funded project to develop modeling and simulation tools for optimally integrating electrical vehicles (EVs) into electricity networks.
While smart meter developments are taking place in countries like Denmark, Finland and Norway, large scale rollout has been planned in countries such as UK, France, Spain and Portugal to meet the energy targets and environmental policies set by the EU. Currently Sweden and Italy are the only mature markets in Europe.
Can a utility take advantage of this opportunity to upgrade its energy delivery system while expanding its rate base, thereby increasing revenues? All depends on whether a utility can get its distribution budgeting/planning act together in time. Historically, the record is not great.
With the crisis unfolding at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, it is too soon to draw final conclusions. But watching the struggle to bring the site under control, we cannot help but wonder: What exactly is going on, and what lessons might be learned?
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