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PepsiCo to Achieve 100% Renewable Electricity in the U.S.

New Green Power Pledge Builds Upon Action in Europe and Mexico
Press Release

PURCHASE, N.Y., January 15, 2020 /3BL Media/ – Some of America’s favorite snacks and beverages – from Lay’s and SunChips to bubly, Gatorade and Pepsi – will soon be made using electricity from renewable sources, such as wind and solar. PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEP) today announced plans to achieve 100% renewable electricity for its U.S. direct operations this year. The U.S. is the food and beverage company’s largest market and accounts for nearly half of its total global electricity consumption.

Utilities Must Constantly Be on Offense in Cat-and-Mouse Game Against Hackers

Facing increased risk by hackers, utilities are ramping up cybersecurity
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For power suppliers wanting to be vigilant about the threat that hackers pose to the grid, a March 2019 intrusion may have been a benign warning about vulnerability. When hackers disabled a Utah-based  renewable  energy  developer’s control system for about a dozen solar and wind farms in the  West, the grid’s operators were left blinded for more than 10 hours to those 500 megawatts of generation sites. Thankfully, no outages  resulted.

For Utilities, the Road Map to Resilience Must Be Focused, Holistic

With greater technological dependency comes greater responsibiilty
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As climate change continues to flex its catastrophic muscle, a storm is brewing for U.S. utilities. The scourge of extreme weather events — prolonged droughts, pounding hurricanes and deluges blamed for unprecedented flooding — are joining wildfires as challenges that have utilities scrambling to harden their assets to provide the resilience that consumers and regulators demand. Unrelenting threats of cyberattacks and the rising number of technologies that increase the load and strain on infrastructure assets add to the complexity.

'Manager of Managers': Rise of Distributed Devices Drives Call for Network Management Solutions

Are utilities keeping up with the proliferation of distributed devices?
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Millions of devices are measuring and sometimes controlling the health of our utility networks, and millions more are coming. As distributed resources drive rapid, increasing demand for data-intensive grid management to ensure high-quality, reliable and resilient power delivery, ask yourself this question: How are you keeping up?

Advanced Distribution Modernization Can Smooth the “Changing Physics” of the Grid

Utilities see advanced distribution modernization giving them more control
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Let’s face it: The old days were much simpler, when the flow of power from the utility to end-user was, for the most part, a straight line. There were challenges, but there wasn’t much getting in the way between baseload power generation and the light switch.

United They Stand: DER and Non-Wire Alternatives Are Pulling Utility Teams Together

Utility Managers are Working to Break Down Silos and Overcome Barriers
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Ask anyone who’s been in the utility world for a while, and they’ll assuredly tell you: most utilities have operated in silos, separate groups focused squarely on their own little corner of the business. The silo mentality thrives when members of one department don’t share information with other departments, operate with separate goals, use different tools, and follow different processes than those folks across the hall.

Grid Modernization Goes Mainstream, Reliability Is Primary Goal

Utilities are doubling down on distribution investments to boost resilience
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Power sector players got a jolt in January 2019 when Virginia utility regulators rejected the $6 billion grid modernization rate case proposed by Dominion Energy. This “no” followed similar decisions in Kentucky and North Carolina from the previous year. Despite such setbacks, results from Black & Veatch’s 2020 Strategic Directions: Smart Utilities Report survey show that utilities are “all in” on grid modernization plans, and it looks like regulators are moving that way, too. 

Communication Networks Are Key to Delivering the Grid of the Future

New Black & Veatch Smart Utilities Report analyzes major trends reshaping the grid
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Distribution modernization is inevitable as advances in energy production, storage and control give rise to a new energy marketplace happening at the local distribution level. This evolving landscape leaves utilities questioning how they can maintain the reliability, efficiency and security of their operations, while managing two-way power flows and the influx of digital devices and distributed energy resources (DER).

Clean Energy Act Will Ensure Virginia is a Leader in the Net-Zero Emissions Future

Press Release

December 24, 2019 /3BL Media/ - Ceres welcomes new clean energy legislation unveiled this week by Virginia lawmakers to transform the electricity grid and ensure Virginia leads the way in the transition to a net-zero emissions future.

First U.S. Solar Road Gets a Technical Upgrade - More Energy Production Expected

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The Ray, the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT), and international infrastructure innovator Colas have unveiled an upgraded version of the Wattway solar road at the Visitor Information Center located at Exit 1 on Interstate 85 in Southwest Georgia.

Press Release

The Ray, the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT), and international infrastructure innovator Colas have unveiled an upgraded version of the Wattway solar road at the Visitor Information Center located at Exit 1 on Interstate 85 in Southwest Georgia.

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