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COVID-19, severe weather and power outages

Jul 01, 2020 News Item
by James Elsworth — Jul 01, 2020 03:01 PM

Wildfire and hurricane season is here and with it comes an influx of weather-related power outages. Experts are warning that natural disasters and extreme ...

Webinar: Cybersecurity and Distributed Energy Resources

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  • When Jul 09, 2020 from 07:00 AM to 08:00 AM (US/Mountain / UTC-600)
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Cybersecurity is a critical aspect of power sector resilience. As an activity of the Resilient Energy Platform, this webinar will address cybersecurity for ...

Webinar: Utility Digitalization Progress and Digitalization Strategies and Roadmaps

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This webinar will help utilities learn about global trends in digitalization including identification of digitalization priorities for power utilities, get an ...

Webinar: Building Blocks to Support Cybersecurity in the Power Sector

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  • When Jun 25, 2020 from 07:00 AM to 08:00 AM (US/Mountain / UTC-600)
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Join NREL and USAID for a webinar presenting a power sector cybersecurity framework and building blocks focused on technical, policy, planning, regulatory, and ...

Recovering Residential Solar Industry Prepares for Wildfire Season — With Batteries

Jun 15, 2020 News Item
by James Elsworth — Jun 15, 2020 11:14 PM

Demand for home batteries may surge as the California market swings from a COVID-19 shutdown straight into wildfire season. COVID-19 shutdown straight into ...

Resilient Energy Platform Webinar - Cybersecurity and Distributed Energy Resources

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  • When Jul 09, 2020 from 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM (US/Mountain / UTC-600)
  • Where https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6019641851602862096
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Cybersecurity and Distributed Energy Resources

Resilient Energy Platform Webinar - Building Blocks to Support Cybersecurity in the Power Sector

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  • When Jun 25, 2020 from 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM (US/Mountain / UTC-600)
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Building Blocks to Support Cybersecurity in the Power Sector

Webinar - Strategies For Intelligence Integration: Connections Between Digitalization And Cybersecurity

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  • When Jun 18, 2020 from 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM (US/Mountain / UTC-600)
  • Where https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ptrl3EI2TpWZkmFD-YsIPg
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This is the first in the series of USAID webinars on Digitalization and Cybersecurity in the Energy Sector hosted by E3.

Webinar: APPROACHES TO UTILITY RESILIENCE: CREATING AN ENERGY SECTOR THAT IS PREPARED FOR THE UNEXPECTED

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  • When Jun 16, 2020 from 09:00 AM to 10:30 AM (US/Mountain / UTC-600)
  • Where https://usea.org/event/approaches-utility-resilience-creating-energy-sector-prepared-unexpected
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For the past few months, the world has faced hardship and uncertainty amid a global pandemic. Despite these challenges, utilities in the energy sector have ...

Webinar: Smart Grids & Energy Storage - Finding Solutions for Caribbean Electric Utilities in a Pandemic

May 26, 2020 News Item
by James Elsworth — May 26, 2020 08:27 PM

The Caribbean Electric Utilities Services Corporation (CARILEC) invites you to join the premiere of the 2020 Resilient Power Webinar Series where we showcase ...

Powering Health across Africa through COVID-19 and a Changing Climate

May 20, 2020 News Item
by James Elsworth — May 20, 2020 03:53 PM

Modern health services require electricity everywhere in the world. The Sustainable Development Goals include access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and ...

New Quick Read: Cybersecurity and Distributed Energy Resources

Apr 08, 2020 News Item
by James Elsworth — Apr 08, 2020 05:53 PM

This fact sheet addresses cybersecurity for distributed energy resources (DERs) and identifies best practices in cybersecurity governance, technical management ...

Webinar recording available: Clean Energy Technical Solutions for Power Sector Resilience

Mar 30, 2020 News Item
by James Elsworth — Mar 30, 2020 07:34 PM

Clean energy technical solutions, such as distributed generation, energy storage, and smart grids, can enhance resilience across the grid system to help ...

Adapting to Fire: How Cities Can Enhance Resilience with Distributed Energy

Mar 10, 2020 News Item
by James Elsworth — Mar 10, 2020 02:56 AM

As California experienced uncharacteristically low precipitation in February, normally its peak rainy season, parts of the state are moving into drought ...

Upcoming webinar: Resilience: Helping Communities and Countries Move from Crisis to Stability

Feb 25, 2020 News Item
by James Elsworth — Feb 25, 2020 04:39 PM

March 24, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET

Updated Resource: Ask an Expert Service – Resilient Energy Platform

Feb 03, 2020 News Item
by James Elsworth — Feb 03, 2020 04:48 PM

The Resilient Energy Platform Ask an Expert service is up and running after a short pause in functionality.

Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan deadlocked over giant Nile dam, look to Washington talks

Jan 14, 2020 News Item
by James Elsworth — Jan 14, 2020 12:26 AM

The dispute over the filling and operation of the massive dam has sparked a diplomatic crisis between Egypt and Ethiopia, who both see existential threats in ...

Q&A: Quakes pose a new threat to Puerto Rico’s grid, but PREPA expects power to be restored to all customers in days

Jan 13, 2020 News Item
by James Elsworth — Jan 13, 2020 07:13 PM

At least 45 earthquakes shook Puerto Rico over several days in early January, leaving behind collapsed buildings and a crippled electric grid. As of ...

'I didn’t think we'd get out': 6.4 magnitude earthquake leaves 1 dead, power out across Puerto Rico

Jan 07, 2020 News Item
by James Elsworth — Jan 07, 2020 09:59 PM

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake rumbled across Puerto Rico on Tuesday, killing at least one person and knocking out power to virtually the entire island of more ...

New fact sheet released: Cross-Border Power Trade to Support Resilience

Dec 31, 2019 News Item
by James Elsworth — Dec 31, 2019 09:58 PM

Cross-border power trade can support public interest goals such as better grid resilience, increased energy access, economic development, and other power ...

Flood-related blackouts strengthen case for new REIPPPP round in South Africa

Dec 16, 2019 News Item
by James Elsworth — Dec 16, 2019 03:48 PM

The nation has been plagued by extensive power outages again with debt-riddled utility Eskom blaming heavy summer floods for taking out extensive parts of its ...

New fact sheet released: Finance for Power Sector Resilience

Dec 10, 2019 News Item
by James Elsworth — Dec 10, 2019 11:05 PM

An overview of both established and cutting-edge mechanisms for power sector resilience finance.

PVEL and partners combine for technically-based solar plant insurance

Dec 04, 2019 News Item
by James Elsworth — Dec 04, 2019 04:05 PM

PV Evolution Labs, Ariel Re, and Beecher Carlson Insurance Services, have created PV PlantProtect, an insurance program which uses technical due diligence to ...

Batteries vs. Blackouts: 1,100 Homes Powered Through Vermont Outage With Storage

Nov 18, 2019 News Item
by James Elsworth — Nov 18, 2019 03:58 PM

Utility Green Mountain Power’s pilot programs paid off with clean, distributed backup power amid a statewide outage.

Zimbabwe finance ministry says economy to contract 6.5% this year

Oct 31, 2019 News Item
by James Elsworth — Oct 31, 2019 03:08 PM

As worsening drought hits hydropower and crops, Zimbabwe's economy is shrinking

What would happen in an apocalyptic blackout?

Oct 31, 2019 News Item
by James Elsworth — Oct 31, 2019 04:26 AM

As hospital patients in Venezuela found out earlier this year during a five-day nationwide blackout, power cuts can do more than just turn out the lights.

High-voltage PG&E power line broke near origin of massive fire in California wine country

Oct 29, 2019 News Item
by James Elsworth — Oct 29, 2019 12:06 AM

A fast-spreading wildfire, spurred by powerful winds, continued to rage in Northern California on Friday and forced thousands of people to evacuate parts of ...

What a Hurricane Sandy recovery program can teach cities about resiliency

Oct 15, 2019 News Item
by James Elsworth — Oct 15, 2019 02:45 PM

Rebuild by Design changed the way New York thinks about public works

California power shutoff: how PG&E's actions hit the medically vulnerable the hardest

Oct 15, 2019 News Item
by James Elsworth — Oct 15, 2019 02:42 PM

The impacts of the electricity cut are being disproportionately felt by those dependent on medical devices.

New fact sheet released: Renewable Energy to Support Energy Security

Oct 02, 2019 News Item
by James Elsworth — Jun 19, 2020 04:13 PM

Renewable energy plays an important role in supporting energy security through contributing to the protection and continued provision of energy services when a ...

Nursing Homes Facing Life-or-Death Decisions in Power Blackouts

Sep 25, 2019 News Item
by James Elsworth — Sep 25, 2019 04:08 PM

As the Pacific Gas & Electric Company in California tries to reduce wildfire risk by cutting power during times of high risk, care facilities like nursing ...

Cayman solar company powering Bahamas relief effort

Sep 25, 2019 News Item
by James Elsworth — Sep 25, 2019 03:58 PM

A Cayman Islands renewable energy company has been working in the Bahamas to provide emergency power to field hospitals in remote areas.

New fact sheet released: Understanding Power System Threats and Impacts

Sep 20, 2019 News Item
by James Elsworth — Sep 20, 2019 05:50 PM

Understanding potential threats to a power system is an essential first step in supporting power sector resilience. It is important to assess both current and ...

Energy Storage & Extreme Weather

Sep 11, 2019 News Item
by James Elsworth — Sep 11, 2019 03:32 PM

When severe weather strikes a region, energy infrastructure is often hit hard. On site energy storage can aid in energy recovery post-disaster.

Four new fact sheets released!

Sep 06, 2019 News Item
by James Elsworth — Sep 06, 2019 03:20 PM

We have released four new fact sheets on Power Sector Resilience!

Launch of the Resilient Energy Platform and In-depth Look at Power Sector Resilience Planning in Lao PDR

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  • When Aug 21, 2019 from 03:30 AM to 04:30 AM (US/Mountain / UTC-600)
  • Where August 21, 2019 -- 4:30pm (Lao PDR time) and 3:30am (US MT)
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This webinar will introduce the Resilient Energy Platform, present the Power Sector Planning Guidebook, and provide a detailed look at the process undertaken ...

When disaster strikes

Aug 15, 2019 News Item
by James Elsworth — Aug 15, 2019 04:02 PM

In this article, George Irwin of ReNew Petra explains the essential role of skilled PV operations and maintenance teams in both preparation for and recovery ...

Battery storage called into action as UK suffers country-wide power cuts

Aug 13, 2019 News Item
by James Elsworth — Aug 13, 2019 08:56 PM

When two large generators went down in the UK, the system operator called upon battery storage to balance the frequency of the grid.

Island-wide outage on Kaua'i: Clouds block solar recovery after generator's cable failure

Jul 25, 2019 News Item
by James Elsworth — Jul 25, 2019 08:44 PM

After an arc flash in a gas generator caused an island wide power outage on the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i, solar and battery storage systems were able to ...

Energy Future New Orleans proposes new resilient RPS for the city

Jul 25, 2019 News Item
by James Elsworth — Jul 25, 2019 04:08 PM

 

The Riddle of Resilience: What’s important for society and the economy and yet has no value?

Jul 25, 2019 News Item
by James Elsworth — Jul 25, 2019 04:04 PM

How does the power sector incorporate a value for resilience, when many of the benefits are difficult to quantify? This article examines methods of ...

Manhattan blackout caused by fault in substation relay protection system

Jul 24, 2019 News Item
by James Elsworth — Jul 24, 2019 04:33 PM

A fault in relay protection equipment at a substation in New York City led to a cascading blackout that left 72,000 customers without power.

Ridgecrest and Trona officials rush to fix roads, utilities after earthquakes

Jul 08, 2019 News Item
by James Elsworth — Jul 08, 2019 09:55 PM

Officials in two damaged desert communities worked Sunday to repair roads and restore utilities following the largest earthquake in Southern California in ...

Despite drought, Costa Rica's electricity stays clean - but not cheap

Jun 25, 2019 News Item
by James Elsworth — Jun 25, 2019 03:43 PM

The Central American nation relies on hydropower, but investing in extra capacity to keep the lights on during dry periods has saddled its utility with rising ...

Outage prone town turns to batteries

Jun 14, 2019 News Item
by James Elsworth — Jun 17, 2019 02:42 PM

New England utility Eversource wants to deploy energy storage to back up an outage-prone New Hampshire town, while saving customers money.

Puerto Rico energy plan introduces MiniGrids to avoid repeat of Hurricane Maria

Jun 13, 2019 News Item
by James Elsworth — Jun 13, 2019 07:13 PM

Puerto Rico's electric utility on June 7 unveiled its highly-anticipated integrated resource plan, sketching out a 20-year campaign to modernize and reimagine ...

Upcoming Webinar: Puerto Rico and Planning for a Resilient Energy Future

Jun 10, 2019 News Item
by James Elsworth — Jun 10, 2019 08:06 PM

Join CAREC-CARILEC Renewable Energy Community on June 20th 2019 as they present a webinar titled "Puerto Rico and Planning for a Resilient Energy Future". The ...

Institutional Solutions to Enhance Power Sector Resilience

Jun 07, 2019 News Item
by James Elsworth — Jun 10, 2019 08:02 PM

We have just released a new fact sheet on institutional solutions!

California May Go Dark This Summer, and Most Aren't Ready

May 21, 2019 News Item
by James Elsworth — May 21, 2019 04:22 PM

California utility PG&E is planning on blackouts during high wind events in wildfire season to prevent serious damage to the power system. While some ...

Briefing: Microgrids for Enhanced Grid Reliability and Resilience

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  • When Apr 30, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (US/Mountain / UTC-600)
  • Where United States Energy Association 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Suite 550 Washington, DC 20004 United States
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This presentation will highlight the ongoing DOE microgrid activities for enhanced grid reliability and resilience.

In Puerto Rico, Building a Disaster-Proof Business Is Part of Recovery

Apr 15, 2019 News Item
by webeditor — Apr 15, 2019 09:16 PM

For a little over three years, Parallel18 has worked with 168 tech-based start-ups, each of which receive $40,000 in equity-free funding, co-working space and ...

New Recorded Webinar: Utility-Scale Battery Storage

Mar 28, 2019 News Item
by webeditor — Mar 28, 2019 07:04 PM

A recording of the webinar "Utility-Scale Battery Storage: When, Where, Why and How Much?" has been published. The webinar introduced key concepts for ...

New Resource - An Introduction to Grid Services: Concepts, Technical Requirements, and Provision from Wind

Mar 28, 2019 News Item
by webeditor — Mar 28, 2019 07:00 PM

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a new report titled "An Introduction to Grid Services: Concepts, Technical Requirements, and Provision ...

New Recorded Webinar: Best Practices for Grid Codes for Renewable Energy Generators

Mar 28, 2019 News Item
by webeditor — Mar 28, 2019 06:54 PM

A recording of the webinar "Best Practices for Grid Codes for Renewable Energy Generators" has been published. The webinar explains in detail the purpose and ...

New Resources - "Xcel Model Wind and Solar PPA, Model Semi-Dispatchable PPA and Semi-Dispatchable RFP"

Mar 28, 2019 News Item
by webeditor — Mar 28, 2019 05:48 PM

Xcel Energy has released their new Model Power Purchase Agreement for Wind and Solar Generators, their Model Power Purchase Agreement for Semi-Dispatchable ...

New Resource - "Updated Power Purchase Agreements for Renewable Dispatchable Generation"

Mar 28, 2019 News Item
by webeditor — Mar 28, 2019 05:41 AM

The Hawaiian Electric Light Company (HELCO) recently released their new models for Power Purchase Agreements for Renewable Dispatchable Generation for wind and ...

New Resource - "Status of Power System Transformation 2018"

Mar 28, 2019 News Item
by webeditor — Mar 28, 2019 05:34 AM

The International Energy Agency recently released a new report titled "Status of Power System Transformation 2018: Advanced Power Plant Flexibility".

Deep Dive Workshop Highlights Global Grid Integration Experiences and Good Practices

Mar 28, 2019 News Item
by webeditor — Mar 28, 2019 05:28 AM

The workshop provided and opportunity for Asia Clean Energy Forum participants to gain knowledge and tools to enable a clean, modern, flexible, and affordable ...

Building Blocks for Distributed PV Deployment, Part 1: Goals, Definitions and Compensation

Mar 28, 2019 News Item
by webeditor — Mar 28, 2019 02:25 PM

Due in part to the low cost of photovoltaic system hardware and scalability for deployment, grid-connected distributed photovoltaic (DPV) technologies are ...