Archive for January, 2013

Wind Energy Now 30 Percent of MidAmerican’s Power Generation

MidAmerican Energy, the largest utility in Iowa, now generates almost 30 percent of its total from wind energy. The completion of three wind power projects in 2012 added 407 megawatts of wind power to the utility, fulfilling a previous approval from the Iowa Utilities Board to add 1,001 megawatts of wind-powered generation before 2013. The […]

How Important is Substation Automation to the Smart Grid?

As the energy grid is modernized at an increasing rate, substations and the automated equipment within them will play an increasingly important role. A recent report from Pike Research shows that more than 10,000 substations will be automated globally by the end of the year, which includes both new substations and updated older substations. By […]

Natural Gas Futures Fall on Forecasts for Milder U.S. Weather

Forecasts for mild weather in the eastern United States in January lowered the demand for natural gas and dropped the futures 3.4 percent, reducing what is the first annual gain in the last five years. The gain had been accomplished after power plants managed to burn through natural gas reserves in what was described as […]

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