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Don''t Miss These Upcoming RMEL Events
Transmission Conference — March 6-7, 2019 (Lone Tree, CO)
Distribution Conference — March 26-27, 2019 (Salt Lake City, UT)
Safety  Conference — March 27-28, 2019 (Kansas City, MO)
Security Symposium — April 17-18, 2019 (Phoenix, AZ)
Spring Management, Engineering & Operations Conference — May 20-22, 2019 *NEW MONDAY-WEDNESDAY DATES* (Phoenix, AZ)
Transmission Symposium — June 12, 2019
Power Supply Planning for Modern Energy Solutions — June 19-20, 2019 (Lone Tree, CO)
RMEL Foundation Golf Tournament — June 26, 2019 (Littleton, CO)
Project Management Workshop — July 10-11, 2019 (Golden, CO)
Plant Management, Engineering and Operations Conference — August 7-8, 2019
Leadership Workshop — August 14-15, 2019 (Lone Tree, CO)
Safety Roundtable — August 23, 2019 (Golden, CO)
Fall Executive Leadership and Management Convention — September 16-18, 2019 *NEW MONDAY-WEDNESDAY DATES* (Kansas City, MO)
2020 Spring Conference Planning Session — October 3, 2019
Distribution Engineers Workshop — October 9-10, 2019 (Lone Tree, CO)
Renewable Planning & Operations Conference — October 16-17, 2019 (Lone Tree, CO)
Safety Roundtable — November 1, 2019 (Fort Collins, CO)

Visit https://www.rmel.org/RMEL/Events/List/RMEL/Events_Info/List_of_Events.aspx?hkey=caf67ebf-969d-42dd-815f-43eab06040da to view the full article online.

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For many years, the limit for normal apparatus loading was based on the maximum nameplate rating or an arbitrarily set value, called ‘the red line’. On-line monitoring of power transformers and circuit breakers for condition assessment has gained popularity over the past twenty-five years, the typical technology adoption period, from concept to commercial reality in the electric utility industry.

Visit https://www.electricity-today.com/electrical-substations/end-to-end-monitoring-systems-feeds-situational-awareness to view the full article online.

Two shifts in the transportation sector — the growth of ride- and car-sharing services, along with electrification — will combine to create changes beyond the cars we drive and the fuels they consume, say experts in the mobility space.

Visit https://www.utilitydive.com/news/how-new-ideas-of-mobility-will-shape-public-ev-charging-infrastructure/547804/ to view the full article online.

The Association of the Construction Industry, Environmental Technology and Mechanical Engineering has awarded the PiPECrawler its 2019 sponsorship prize in the category “Developments from Industry.” 

Visit https://www.hydroworld.com/articles/2019/02/method-used-to-lay-pipe-for-naturstromspeicher-gaildorf-energy-storage-pilot-project-wins-award.html to view the full article online.

The New York Public Service Commission released a list of preliminary priorities for an energy storage market design and integration working group, convened by regulatory staff and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. 

Visit https://www.utilitydive.com/news/new-york-utilities-nyiso-to-collaborate-on-allowing-storage-in-states-who/549222/ to view the full article online.

 
This week, JinkoSolar held an opening ceremony at its new manufacturing facility in Jacksonville, Florida.

Visit https://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2019/02/first-chineseowned-solar-pv-manufacturing-plant-opens-in-the-us.html to view the full article online.

Hawaiian Electric is addressing aging infrastructure and has begun replacing existing transmission structures.

Visit https://www.tdworld.com/overhead-transmission/transmission-construction-challenges-paradise to view the full article online.

 
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced the selection of eight projects to receive nearly $24 million in federal funds for cost-shared research and development for Novel and Enabling Carbon Capture Transformational Technologies. 

Visit https://www.energy.gov/articles/secretary-perry-announces-24-million-new-projects-advance-transformational-carbon-capture to view the full article online.

NERC''s Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) and the Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center® (MS-ISAC®) announced an agreement to improve information sharing among the organizations and their members with the goal of strengthening the cyber security of the nation''s critical electric infrastructure. 

Visit https://electricenergyonline.com/article/energy/category/automation-it/53/751843/nerc-community-owned-utilities-group-launch-information-sharing-partnership-to-strengthen-grid-s-cyber-physical-security.html to view the full article online.

The report from Delta-ee, the specialist energy research and consulting company, on behalf of Smart Energy GB, includes examples of the new services and technologies that are developing from the digitalisation of Great Britain''s energy grid and how these lead to potential annual savings of hundreds of pounds for households. 

Visit https://www.altenergymag.com/news/2019/02/28/new-report-quantifies-the-future-value-of-smart-meters-to-households/30451 to view the full article online.

Despite relatively lower supply from a number of major crude oil-producing countries, including Saudi Arabia, Libya, Venezuela and Canada, global liquid fuels production was forecast to exceed global consumption through 2020 in EIA’s February Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO).

Visit https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=38512 to view the full article online.

 
CPS Energy is helping customers become more energy efficient with its People First! Community Fairs. 

Visit https://newsroom.cpsenergy.com/cps-energy-helps-customers-lower-their-energy-bill/ to view the full article online.

Member Announcements
Customers of Arizona Public Service (APS) will soon power their homes and businesses with solar after sunset thanks to three major clean-energy initiatives.

Visit https://www.aps.com/en/ourcompany/news/latestnews/Pages/aps-customers-get-solar-after-sunset-with-major-clean-energy-projects.aspx to view the full article online.

The conference is intended for those interested in installing public electric vehicle chargers and also for members of the public interested in the development of public electric vehicle charging in Nebraska.  

Visit https://www.nppd.com/press-releases/ndeq-co-hosting-nebraska-electric-vehicle-infrastructure-conference-on-march-25 to view the full article online.

Platte River Power Authority is seeking EV owners to participate in a distributed charging study to evaluate vehicle electric energy consumption patterns and test smart charging technology, and is offering a rebate to the study participants.

Visit https://www.prpa.org/news/platte-river-launches-ev-charging-study/ to view the full article online.

SRP sponsored a FREE Electrical Safety Workshop to educate tree workers, landscapers, roofers, painters, scaffold workers and excavators on the potential hazards of working near overhead and underground electrical power lines and other utilities.

Visit https://www.srpnet.com/newsroom/releases/020719.aspx to view the full article online.

The project, which is expected to be operational in 2020, marks Tri-State’s fifth investment in a utility-scale wind energy project and expands EDP Renewables’ presence into its fifteenth U.S. state.

Visit https://www.tristategt.org/tri-state-and-edp-renewables-announce-104-megawatt-crossing-trails-wind-farm to view the full article online.

Tucson Electric Power will offer a portfolio of innovative and cost-effective energy efficiency programs this year, including new measures that will help reduce electric demand during peak usage hours.

Visit https://www.tep.com/news/acc-approves-tep-plan-to-continue-expand-energy-efficiency-programs/ to view the full article online.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has identified five of Xcel Energy’s energy-efficiency programs as some of the best in the country. 

Visit https://www.xcelenergy.com/company/media_room/news_releases/five_xcel_energy_efficiency_programs_receive_national_honor to view the full article online.

White Paper
  
A team of engineers in the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a high-power fuel cell that advances technology in this area. Led by Vijay Ramani, the Roma B. and Raymond H. Wittcoff Distinguished University Professor, the team has developed a direct borohydride fuel cell that operates at double the voltage of today''s commercial fuel cells.

Visit https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190225123459.htm to view the full article online.