As Americans become increasingly connected to the virtual world through phones, computers and smart appliances, vital utilities like power and water grids, are also going digital. A massive power plant near Niagara Falls, New York, is upgrading its systems with artificial intelligence in a move that's raising concerns among some security experts about the dangers from hackers. New York state's largest power plant harnesses the awesome energy of the Niagara River and now the New York Power Authority– or NYPA – is connecting that plant and miles of transmission lines with tens of thousands of sensors that can essentially "think," reports CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett. "So if there are anomalies or if the temperature is outside the range of design, these sensors will communicate automatically to our integrated smart operations center," explained Gil Quiniones, president and CEO of the NYPA. The A.I. network reaches statewide, warning not only of … [Read more...] about Artificial intelligence used to upgrade power grid may bring cyberattack risks
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opinion Terry Jarrett Published 10:51 PM EDT Sep 26, 2018 There’s little doubt that a global technology revolution is under way. And the sweep of change over the past decade alone has been stunning. Electric cars and smart phones are proving that the world has gone high-tech. Many analysts now believe that a “deep electrification” of the U.S. economy is coming, too, thanks to electric cars, electric buses, and high-speed rail. This electrification could also transform both homes and heavy industry through advances in heat pumps and on-demand water heaters. But all of it will mean a large increase in electricity needs, and it’s important to start planning now to ensure future power grid reliability. In 2016, there were 567,000 electric vehicles (EVs) on the road. But thanks to an EV boom, that number may reach a whopping 7 million cars by 2025. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), electric vehicles could … [Read more...] about Can our power grid support electric cars?
More Info * TVA will hold an information session from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at the Cedar Ridge Seventh-Day Adventist Fellowship Hall in Georgetown, Tennessee to discuss the proposed transmission project.* Read about the project on the web at www.tva.com/Energy/Transmission-System/Transmission-System-Projects/Georgetown-Tennessee-Gunstocker-Creek The Tennessee Valley Authority plans to build a new $300 million system operations center in southern Meigs County as part of one of the biggest upgrades of TVA's power grid in the utility's 85-year history. Paul Melda Paul Melda The new facility, which is scheduled to be built over the next three years on part of more than 150 acres TVA acquired last year near Georgetown and Gunstocker Creek, will replace the power control center now housed beneath TVA's downtown Chattanooga Office Complex. Greg Vital, President and CEO of Independent Healthcare Properties, LLC, is photographed in the company's new offices in Ooltewah. Greg Vital, … [Read more...] about TVA to build $300 million power control center in Meigs County
Emery P. Dalesio, Ap Business Writer Updated 8:53 am PDT, Friday, August 24, 2018 In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 power transmission lines deliver electricity along the Interstates 40 and I-85 corridor in Orange County near Hillsborough, N.C. Electric utilities are pouring billions of dollars into a race to prevent terrorists or enemy governments from shutting down the power grid while also making the delivery system ready for a world with much more renewable energy. less In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 power transmission lines deliver electricity along the Interstates 40 and I-85 corridor in Orange County near Hillsborough, N.C. Electric utilities are pouring ... more Photo: Gerry Broome, AP In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 power transmission lines carry electricity along the Interstates 40 and I-85 corridor in Orange County near Hillsborough, N.C. Electric utilities are … [Read more...] about Utilities pivot from power plants to grid work for profits
By L.M. Sixel Published 12:29 pm, Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Photo: Bloomberg / Bloomberg Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Statoil ASA and Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co. developed the world's first floating wind farm in the North Sea. Statoil ASA and Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co. developed the world's first floating wind farm in the North Sea. Photo: Bloomberg / Bloomberg Two energy companies say they can store off-shore wind power 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Offshore wind farms hold great promise as sources of clean energy, but the most power is produced at night when it's needed the least. Storing that wind energy has been a vexing problem for power producers, but a partnership in Europe announced this week that it may have found a solution. Equinor, the Norwegian company formerly known as … [Read more...] about Two energy companies say they can store off-shore wind power