As utilities scramble to manage explosive DER growth, is power grid autonomy a solution?

September 11, 2019

Within a decade, there may be more distributed energy resources (DER) coming onto distribution systems than any utility control room can manage. An autonomous energy grid (AEG) could optimize those high levels of DER for the benefit of power system […]

Massive Waste, Recycling Fires Recorded in Massachusetts and South Carolina

August 21, 2019

An enormous fire at Thomson Brothers Industries, a recycling center in North Andover, Mass., burned for more than 12 hours overnight on August 20 and continued to smolder into the morning of August 21. CBS Boston reports that firefighters had […]

Newark Residents Promised Bottled Water Over Worries Of Dangerous Lead In Public System

August 12, 2019

After an EPA letter cited insufficient home filters distributed by city, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said bottled water will be provided to residents with lead service lines. Meanwhile, the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in […]

Electric Utility, Infrastructure, Public Utilities, Public Works

City grids risk being overwhelmed by EV growth: Report

September 10, 2019

Via: Utility Dive

The report notes that Seattle has taken major steps toward electrification and has big goals it wants to achieve in the coming decades. The city is aiming for 30% EV adoption and a fossil fuel-free municipal fleet by 2030, while […]

Public Utilities, Waste Management

District Pilot to Transform Organic Waste into Liquid Transportation Fuels

September 10, 2019

Via: Waste360

Central Contra Costa Sanitary District in Martinez, Calif., is about to launch a pilot at its wastewater treatment plant to make renewable liquid transportation fuels from mixed, wet organic waste that would otherwise ship to landfill. Developed by the U.S. […]

Public Utilities, Waste Management

Clearwater, Fla., to Increase Solid Waste Fees

September 9, 2019

Via: Waste360

In a meeting on August 12, David Powers, the city of Clearwater, Fla.’s controller for solid waste and general service, asked the City Council to approve a 3.75 percent hike in the average household solid waste bill in 2020 through […]