Southern California Wildfire Threat Prompts Pre-Emptive Power Outages

Southern California Wildfire Threat Prompts Pre-Emptive Power Outages

The Santa Ana winds whipped through parts of Southern California at 88 mph last week, spreading wildfires. Dangerously dry and windy conditions prompted San Diego Gas & Electric to notify 170,000 customers that they might lose power as the utility sought to prevent its power … Read more…

California Avoids Blackouts Despite Heat Wave, Nuclear Outage

California Avoids Blackouts Despite Heat Wave, Nuclear Outage

The California power grid avoided problems earlier this week despite a heat wave and a nuclear plant outage. The state’s biggest nuclear plant, PG&E’s 1,122- MW Diablo Canyon Power Plant (pictured), shut down on June 27 before the heat wave started, resuming activity just prior … Read more…

Survey to Utilities: Stress Smart Grid Benefits to Win Over Consumers

Survey to Utilities: Stress Smart Grid Benefits to Win Over Consumers

Multiple smart grid benefits resonate with consumers — it’s not just about saving money — and when consumers are provided with information about the benefits and key concerns of smart grid technology, the positive statements are more persuasive, according to a report issued today by the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative.

The 2013 State of the Consumer Report says about 75 percent of consumers haven’t heard the term smart grid or don’t know what it means. Utilities companies’ best bet for building smart-grid support is weaving a number of benefits together, according to the research.

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