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Linemen News: September

News Highlights from the Electric Power Industry.

Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Wins Accreditation for Substation Design

Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc. (MEPPI) announces that it has received accreditation for our Substation Design and Installation Management System.

MEPPI President and CEO, Brian Heery, stated, “For years, MEPPI’s customers have benefitted from our IS09001-certified quality systems for manufacturing equipment.

We are also now proud to carry the ISO9001-2015 certification for our organization performing Substation Design and Installation Management, which assures our customers that we adhere to our turnkey procedures.” Heery continued, “The MEPPI quality system provides our customers assurance that our designs will meet…” >> Read more

IEEE is working with utilities to prepare a workforce well-versed in DER interconnections

IEEE and the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA) today announced the IEEE Std 1547-2018 Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Interconnection Commissioning: Education and Credentialing Program.

IEEE collaborated with Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, and Orange and Rockland Utilities (O&R), and will be creating a program to identify, train and certify individuals for the commissioning of any installed DER interconnection (e.g., residential, utility-scale, microgrid, etc.). >> Read more

Utilities face growing ransomware threat as hackers improve strategy, execution

The utility sector, including electric, gas, and water companies, has a growing ransomware problem, say, security experts.

Ransomware is a type of financially-motivated malware, which steals or locks up a company’s data or computing systems until the victim pays a fee to the hacker. And it is quickly becoming more common across the economy, as deploying the malware becomes easier and hackers learn to right-size their demands. >> Read more

As utility collaboration with charging companies rises, emerging differences could impede EV growth

Transportation electrification, once considered an uphill struggle against the convenience and affordability of gasoline-fueled vehicles, now appears ready to roll.

Forecasted growth of today’s approximately 1.5 million U.S. electric vehicles to 20 million in 2030 requires at least $75 billion in investment, according to recent Brattle Group data. To achieve this, once-competing stakeholders must expand their still-tenuous collaboration. >> Read more

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) and Bill Gates’ nuclear innovation startup TerraPower are ready to demonstrate a “cost-competitive” advanced nuclear reactor system that will integrate a 345-MWe sodium fast reactor (SFR) with a molten salt energy storage system under a unique energy system architecture. >> Read more

Supercritical CO2 Pilot Power Plant Gearing Up for 2021 Demonstration

Construction of the 10-MW Supercritical Transformational Electric Power (STEP) pilot plant in San Antonio, Texas, is inching along, and developers in July announced that the building to house the innovative project has been completed.

The pilot plant will demonstrate a fully integrated electricity-generating power system that uses supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) to dramatically improve size, efficiency, economics, operational flexibility, space requirements, and environmental performance of the new technology. >> Read more

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