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Power market movement in trillion dollar tech industry

With continued investment in hardware, software, services, and connectivity to maximize business efficiency, the IoT industry is on course to reach nearly US$1.4 trillion by 2021. In this article, we take a look at some of the recent industri


Is a Major Oil and Gas Hack Just a Matter of Time?

With hackers hacking everything from the presidential campaign to online stores to my own Facebook account (on a regular basis, it seems), it’s just a matter of time before the oil industry gets hit in a big way.  And the results could be


Oil & Gas Pipeline Security

Theft from pipelines and leaks are costly for both pipeline operators and the environment. According to Havocscope Black Market, theft from pipelines amounts to about $37.23 billion globally a year[i]  and in the US nearly 9 million gallons

With the mega amounts of data that are produced in the oilfield, pipelines and refineries each and every moment of each and every day, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all of it has to be understood, translated, analyzed and acted upon.

Foreign Languages, Greek Yogurt, and Big Data. Hard to Understand? Read On.

Imagine a dozen people in a room for a meeting.  Each one from a different country, and each one only able to speak and understand their own native language.  Now imagine that you are the note-taker for this meeting.  A daunting task to sa

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Fog Computing Reduces Risks and Improves Data Flows

Companies across all sectors of energy will have new opportunities to improve operational performance and reduce risk as “fog computing” emerges from the mist in the months ahead. Fog is similar to cloud computing in that it collects and


Tracts to Save Energy Industry Billions with New Title Software

Tracts announces the launch of its title software to accelerate the mineral ownership reporting required by oil & gas companies.  Designed for land departments, the new product automates much of the title process using patent pending tec


Statoil evaluates new CO2 storage project

Gassnova has assigned Statoil to evaluate the development of carbon storage on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). This will be the first storage site in the world receiving CO2 from several industrial sources. The storage project is part


Cybersecurity Act in Singapore set to improve security culture across Asian utilities

Singapore’s upcoming Cybersecurity Act is expected to heighten levels of cyber risk awareness among water, power and oil & gas utilities in Singapore and in other parts of Asia, according to a Black & Veatch security expert. “As w


Offshore Digital Oilfield Technology Progress

Be it for exploration, data collection, control and monitoring, or even crew welfare systems, technology has several vital roles to fulfill in the offshore digital oilfield (DOF) environment. In an ideal world all the parts co-exist harmoniou


UAVs Can Deliver Essential Data for Less

As energy companies look to control costs and manage assets effectively in the face of low commodity prices and uncertain demand, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) present an interesting opportunity to conduct inspections more affordably and ga


Intelligent oil fields: Digital Oilfield Technology

The oil industry has been slow to wake up to the opportunities of digital technology but this is changing. Major energy companies including BP, Shell, Eni and Statoil amongst others, are employing Digital Oilfield (DOF) technologies in their

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German utility gives green light to new grid technology

One of Germany’s biggest distribution grid operators is among the first in the world to invest in ABB’s AirPlus™ technology. Netze BW supplies 4.6 million inhabitants across the South West of Germany with power via its grid network, inc


Utilities Can Achieve Better Outcomes with Analytics

Data analysis is a powerful capability that is helping utilities around the world build value in operations, planning and customer relations. As machine data pours in from smart meters and grid sensors, many utilities are deploying analytics


Is digitalization the key to remote plant operation?

There have been many advances in the field of digitalization in recent years. As the industry moves towards remote operation it is plant optimization and integrity management which will provide the tools to enhance safety and anticipate poten


A new future with hybrid power plants

We have probably all read of hybrid cars and buses powered by a combination of petrol or diesel with batteries. The same approach to making electricity is being taken in the operation of hybrid power plants. Such plants often combine renewabl


Digital Transformation Part II: Security in Industrial Power

Today, the business of industrial power involves more boarders, more access points, and more outside suppliers with outside approaches than ever before. There’s a lot for cyber security executives in this sector to think about. Even pri


With Preparation, Utilities Can Capitalize on AMI

With Preparation, Utilities Can Capitalize on AMI IT must lay the foundation, and marketing must motivate customers Utilities face a complex set of challenges and opportunities around the rollout of the advanced meter infrastructure (AMI). Th


Power Semiconductors: The Hidden Enablers of Modern Society

The electronics revolution of the past few decades has brought about an increasingly digital society with a critical dependence on electricity. As this dependence, has grown, so too have the needs to generate and use electricity in efficient,

BEC Renewable Energy Program Manager Miguel Rivera and Database Administrator Perry Holt test Apolloware cloud based software that monitor's solar energy output in real time. Apolloware allows solar array owners to receive enhanced financial benefit from energy generated during daily peak energy consumption which helps accelerate the return on the investment. (PRNewsfoto/Bandera Electric Cooperative)

Texas Co-op Develops Innovative Software to Enhance Solar Installations

Bandera Electric Cooperative (BEC) has released its new cloud based software, Apolloware, a solution for monitoring solar and energy storage installations in real time. The software allows the solar array owner to receive enhanced financial b


Greenely and Stanford University Launch Mobile App to Help Decrease Electricity Usage in California

Greenely and Stanford University are launching the Greenely Go mobile application in California after a year of development in a unique collaboration aiming to demonstrate how effectively a newly developed behavioral algorithm can help decrea


Analytics Can Open New Opportunities for Utilities

Utilities that overcome the obstacles and make effective use of analytics can put themselves on the path towards comprehensive transformation that improves business performance across the board. Big Data from smart meters and sensors, substat


Ransomware: Are industrial environments leaving Pandora’s Box wide open?

Ransomware is a rising threat and its severity is only set to grow. In 2016, ransomware attacks increased by almost 17,000 per cent from the year before, with 15 per cent seeking to hold data to ransom in the mechanical and industrial sectors


How can we best protect the modern power grid?

The digitization of the power sector has resulted in a vibrant ecosystem that spans from exploration to distribution. Made of the sum of its parts, this system carries vast amounts of data round the clock, fed by IT enabled devices monitoring


IoT Delivers Strategic Advantage in E&P

Edge processing and data integration make the business stronger Oil & Gas is, in one sense, a world leader in the Internet of Things (IoT). Producers and developers have been gathering data from remote sensors for more than half a century


Vaisala assesses causes and costs of avoidable catastrophic transformer failure

Vaisala, a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement, has studied recently released data by CIGRE – the international council on large electric systems – to reveal the most significant risks of transformer failure


Urban Solar announces new smart technology

Urban Solar is proud to introduce a brand new solar lighting controller technology, the ECM Connect™.  This web-connected Energy Control Module (ECM) technology allows users to monitor and operate solar LED lighting systems remotely from t


Changing the mindset of utility companies, one drone flight at a time

It’s obvious that drones or UAVs have swept the world as we know it coming from largely classified military missions to our homes. For a couple of years now, companies are profiting from sales of drones (there already were 1.1 million drone


E&P Improves Vision with Analytics

Powerful applications place heavy demands on infrastructure. Higher return on assets and reduced risk are important rewards available to E&P companies that can successfully leverage advanced analytics to improve decision making and operat


Revenue for Power Grid Asset Management, Condition Monitoring Devices and Solutions is Expected to Total $45.1 Billion Between 2016 and 2025

A recent report from Navigant Research explores the global market for asset management and condition monitoring (AMCM) solutions, with market forecasts for condition monitoring sensors in the grid and asset management software solutions, thro


Girding the Grids: Utility companies rely on smart grids to weather winter storms

As temperatures begin to dip, anxieties about what this year’s winter weather will bring for the United States begin to rise. Of all the headaches wintry weather brings, loss of electricity is the underlying cause for many of them. We are m

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GridNavigator Automated Energy Management Service Allows Customers to Cap Monthly Demand Charges

GridNavigator, a manufacturer of smart devices for the commercial market, has announced the availability of an industry-first automated energy budgeting and demand reduction service to help small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) to proactively cap


Bahrain Petroleum Company Leads MENA Oil & Gas Sector with First Avaya Fabric Network

Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), the national oil company of Bahrain, has chosen Avaya‘s technology to transform its network infrastructure. In line with its business objectives of rebranding and digital transformation, Bapco will dep


Next Steps in Virtualization

Market parameters driving innovation It is predicted that, by 2019, some 40% of energy production companies will have the basic platforms in place for managing data and generating analytics, as well as artificial intelligence (AI) for perform

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Hacker-Proof, Off-Grid, Continuous Electrical Power

A raging cyber war puts your critical electrical power at risk.  Hackers battle power company IT specialists relentlessly.  Alleged Russian malware is found on a Vermont electric utility computer.  With computers controlling everything in


Thought-Provoking Comments from Energy Industry Leaders

It takes a special thought-leader who make you think, long after their presentation or keynote is over. Here are three ideas I found “most thought-provoking,” after I reflected on all the industry events I attended this past quarter. Shar


The Internet of Things Market Is Expected to Reach $500 Million in 2020

A recent slide-based report from Navigant Research explores the US market for the Internet of Things (IoT), focusing on technology trends, customer adoption, utility rollouts, and the vendor landscape, with cost curve projections and adoption


Mobile Worker Ecosystem: How companies with hazardous areas benefit from digital solutions

Real-time integration of people, processes and systems will shape the industries of the future, enabling higher operational efficiencies at reduced cost. Even today, the use of digital tools such as smartphones and tablets are improving safet


CCOs Can Leverage IT Improvements to Transform Compliance

Digital transformation isn’t just for development and production. Compliance officers can also transform the nature of their work by leveraging digital solutions to weave compliance data management and reporting into the organizational fabr

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Clean energy pioneer to prototype fusion power plant

Advanced simulation software is helping Tokamak Energy to develop a pioneering clean energy power plant based on nuclear fusion. Using the electromagnetic design and analysis facilities provided by the Cobham Technical Services Opera software

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Focus: The State of the Digital Transformation – North America

The North American power sector is currently undergoing a digital transformation (DX) that will continue to play out for several years. This transformation is enhancing the way that energy is produced, delivered, and consumed. The continent h


Reducing Wind Energy Costs through Increased Turbine Size: Is the Sky the Limit?

The growing size of wind turbines has helped lower the cost of wind energy to the point that it is economically competitive with fossil-fuel alternatives in some locations. But can turbines continue to scale in the future, or are they running


Siemens and U.S. startup LO3 Energy collaborate on blockchain microgrids

Siemens and the New York startup LO3 Energy are collaborating in the field of innovative microgrids. The goal of the collaboration is to jointly develop microgrids that enable local energy trading based on blockchain technology. Siemens is in


Total Safety Named Recipient of 2016 Texas Oil and Gas Awards Excellence in Health and Safety

Total Safety U.S. Inc., the world’s premier provider of industrial inspection and integrated safety solutions, was honored with the Fourth Annual Award for Excellence in Health and Safety – Operational in the 2016 Texas Oil and Gas Awards


Digital Transformation Supports Bold Decision Making

Companies throughout the energy value chain face pressure as low commodity prices persist and market conditions shift unpredictably. To succeed, leaders need to see around corners and achieve consistent greatness in decision making. They must

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency and United States Strategic Command Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction have selected CH2M to lead efforts in West Africa to broaden its Cooperative Biological Engagement Program on the African continent and reduce the threat of infectious diseases. (PRNewsFoto/CH2M)

Defense Threat Reduction Agency and U.S. Strategic Command select CH2M for $35M biosafety and biosecurity contract

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency and United States Strategic Command Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (DTRA/SCC-WMD) have selected CH2M to lead efforts in West Africa to broaden its Cooperative Biological Engagement Program


The Killer App to Slash Inefficiency: Current, powered by GE Unveils Digital Energy Management System to Optimize Customer Operation

Current, powered by GE (NYSE: GE) today introduced a new digital energy management solution for commercial and industrial facilities. The new tool, which is built on Predix*, GE’s operating system for the Industrial Internet, is already


Are Virtual Power Plants the Next Evolution of American Infrastructure?

2016 may well go down as the year energy made a giant leap forward. In June, New York’s Con Edison, together with solar storage providers SunPower and Sunverge, announced a new pilot program for New York City homes that would transform thei


Paradigm and Task Fronterra Collaborate to Deliver Advanced Borehole Data Analysis

Paradigm® ( announced today that Task Fronterra, a leading global geoscience consultancy, has standardized its advanced borehole data analysis service offering on the Paradigm Geolog® petrophysical analysis and formation evalua


Amec Foster Wheeler secures coal, gas and renewables framework with EDF Energy

Amec Foster Wheeler announces today that it has secured a framework agreement to provide engineering consultancy services to EDF Energy’s Coal, Gas and Renewables (CGR) division, to support its fleet of coal plants, gas-fired (CCGT) power s

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NIRS: National Bailout Of U.S. Nuclear Reactors Based On New York Approach Would Cost $280 Billion By 2030

Nuclear power started out in the United States with the promise it would be “too cheap to meter,” but may end up being “too big to bail out.”  A new report by the nonprofit Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NI


After Cuts, A Chance for Reinvention

Cost-cutting throughout the Energy & Engineering sector has triggered some 350,000 US layoffs, and this has far-reaching implications for content management initiatives. What some people don’t realize is there is an opportunity to reinv


Reduce Vulnerabilities and Improve Efficiencies Through Digital Transformation

Energy companies and utilities can reduce risks, eliminate costly inefficiencies and create better working environments by automating processes and making information more accessible and actionable. The process of digital transformation can d


Houston to Host Operational Excellence in Oil and Gas 7th Annual Summit

The oil and gas industry is facing unprecedented levels of complexity and volatility. Historically low commodity prices, geopolitical events, disruptive technologies and increased regulation mean that the pressure to innovate (while simultane


GE & Baker Hughes Agree to Create New Fullstream Digital Industrial Services Company

GE (NYSE: GE) and Baker Hughes (NYSE: BHI) announced that the companies have entered into an agreement to combine GE’s oil and gas business (“GE Oil & Gas”) and Baker Hughes to create a world-leading oilfield technology provider wit


EST Company to Drive a New Paradigm in Energy Services

Data Harmonix Corporation of Houston, Texas announced today the formation and launch of a new Energy Services Tech (EST) company operating under the same name. Energy Services Tech, a description coined by Data Harmonix, is a disruptive new t


Texas Rangers Sign Entic to Bring Greater Efficiency to Globe Life Park

Entic has been chosen by Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Texas Rangers to provide its real-time energy analytics to Globe Life Park in Arlington. The company’s technology will allow the ballpark’s management and staff to gain enhanced vis

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Weatherproofing Power: Microgrids are here to stay

On October 6, category five Hurricane Matthew made direct hits on Haiti, the Bahamas and Cuba, and then made its ascent along the southeastern seaboard of the United States.  By October 8, coastal Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas were awas


New Cyberbit Range Release Offers Hyper-Realistic Training for Multidimensional Approach to Cyberdefense

Cyberbit, whose cybersecurity solutions protect the world’s most sensitive systems, today announced the expansion of its Cyberbit Range security training and simulation platform, offering dynamic, hands-on training for IT security teams

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Ransomware: One wrong click for utilities and all your files are encrypted by hackers

The scourge of ransomware – malware that hijacks your PC and encrypts all of its files – has become so ingrained in the very fabric of computing, some of the criminals behind it have actually begun offering live chat support for victims.


Metso’s upgraded PlantTriage software simplifies real-time performance management and strengthens cybersecurity

Metso Expertune PlantTriage(TM), a control loop monitoring system, oversees process control loops night and day, diagnoses and prioritizes opportunities for improvements, and pinpoints major economic paybacks. As a tool of the digital world,


PGS Expands Industry Leading Supercomputing Platform with Purchase of Second Cray XC Supercomputer

At the 2016 Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) International Exposition in Dallas, Texas, global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced that PGS has significantly enhanced its supercomputing capabilities with th


SKF and GE Oil & Gas Sign Collaboration Agreement to Develop Use of Active Magnetic Bearing Applications

Collaboration agreement widens scope of use for active magnetic bearings for turbomachinery within the oil and gas sector. SKF and GE Oil & Gas have signed a non-exclusive, licence-based collaboration agreement, aimed at further developin


NCS Multistage announces record 92-stage completion in the over-pressured BC Montney Formation

NCS Multistage announces a record 92-stage completion in the Altares BC Montney Formation, executed using the Multistage Unlimited pinpoint frac system from NCS Multistage. The number of stages reflects the oil & gas industry’s continue


Catching a Breath, and Prepping for Energy’s Future

I was driving into the office and swerving to avoid potholes and large cracks on a popular highway here in California. “Why can’t they fix this road,” I thought, and this in fact led me to think about our own customers’ dilemma. For a


What does the industry really think of Operational Excellence?

Petrotechnics conducted a survey to find out. Here, Scott Lehmann, VP Product Management, discusses the results. Operational Excellence is a global concept whose time has most certainly come, despite a fairly rocky ride since it first made it


GE Unveils World’s First Battery Storage & Gas Turbine Hybrid with Southern California Edison

GE and longtime customer Southern California Edison (SCE) today announced a plan to install the world’s first battery storage and gas turbine hybrid. The two-project solution first calls for installation of a battery energy storage system f


U.S. Department of Energy Awards Tetra Tech Joint Venture $400 Million Contract

Tetra Tech, Inc. announced that its joint venture with Sealaska Technical Services was selected to provide design-build services to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Under the Design, Integrati


Solstin Plans the Fastest EV Charger announces deployment plan for the fastest EV Charger. Since the 1950s, solar power has been dropping about 15% a year. The trend promises clean, inexpensive energy. Solstin says the next challenge is getting the power from Solar t

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Duke Energy completes acquisition of Piedmont Natural Gas

Duke Energy has completed its acquisition of Piedmont Natural Gas, closing the transaction effective today. Piedmont will retain its name and operate as a business unit of Duke Energy. Both companies are headquartered in Charlotte. The acquis


Disaster preparedness in utilities: Because we’re all in this together

Disasters have become a part of our daily news cycle and our awareness. Communities are learning that the key to resilience is the understanding that we are all in this together. Electric utilities are vulnerable to the same risks and hazards


Tripwire Study: Energy Sector IT Professionals Overconfident in Cyber Security Capabilities as Attacks Increase

Tripwire, Inc., a leading global provider of security and compliance solutions for enterprises and industrial organizations, today announced the results of an extensive study conducted for Tripwire by Dimensional Research. The study evaluated


The Rise of the Modern Data Center: Can you compete?

We are pleased to provide our readers with EMC's "The Rise of the Modern Data Center." This white paper challenges some of the most important issues affecting businesses and professionals today.


Energy Career Central: Top Jobs for September 16th

Interested in finding a new job? We post top jobs here every week.


Dominion, Questar receives Wyoming Public Service Commission approval; energy companies close merger September 16

Dominion Resources, Inc. (NYSE: D) and Questar Corporation (NYSE: STR) announced today that the Wyoming Public Service Commission has approved their merger, subject to terms and conditions of an agreed settlement stipulation. Having received


Asset Management: What is it? Why do I need it?

Asset management can be expressed in both broad and narrow terms. For the power and utilities industry specifically, asset management can cover everything from people to facilities, equipment to information. Power stations, poles and crossarm


Historic Dell and EMC Merger Complete; Forms World’s Largest Privately-Controlled Tech Company

Dell Technologies this week announced completion of the acquisition of EMC Corporation, creating a unique family of businesses that provides the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protec


Sonardyne delivers acoustic positioning simulator to Brazilian DPO training school

Equipment that simulates acoustic positioning operations on dynamically positioned (DP) rigs and ships, has been supplied by Sonardyne Brasil Ltda. to vessel control and automation company, GE Power Conversion for their new training school in


Siemens helps Brazil reduce non-technical losses in the electrical power grid

As head of a consortium that includes Itron and Telemont, Siemens is supplying the Brazilian power utility company Eletrobras with smart grid solutions to reduce non- technical losses. To this end, Eletrobras has initiated the Energia + proje


GE’s Digital Wind Farm unlocks higher production for two aging wind power plants in Japan

GE’s Digital Wind Farm concept extends to a wide variety of existing turbine models, and the apps are also compatible with the company’s new 2 MW and 3 MW wind turbines.

A Georgia Power employee replaces a mechanical meter with a digital "smart" meter in 2009. The meters are a part of the company's smart grid, which is reducing the frequency and duration of power outages. (PRNewsFoto/Georgia Power)

New smart grid technologies mean fewer, shorter power outages for Georgia Power customers

In addition to new smart grid technologies, Georgia Power has invested more than $1 billion over the past five years on equipment and facility improvements including cyber and physical security, modernization of grid protection and control sy


Power Sector Performance Still Hampered by Transformer Monitoring Inefficiencies

The financial severity of transformer failure is well known to the industry. An extensive service costs more than €100,000, while a replacement transformer can cost up to €4 million.


ABB to showcase smart technologies for a digital grid at Cigré event in Paris

Another focus area is high-voltage power transmission, where ABB will highlight its MACH control and protection technology for high-voltage direct current (HVDC) and Flexible Alternating Current Systems (FACTS).


SDG&E To Add More Energy Storage To Improve Regional Reliability

"We were in the process of a competitive solicitation for energy storage and already had completed a pre-evaluation of respondents," said James P. Avery, SDG&E's chief development officer.

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PG&E Becomes First Natural Gas Utility to Receive Process Safety Certification

PG&E is also one of the first utilities in the world to hold both the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 55001:2014 and Publicly Available Specification (PAS)55-1: 2008 certifications for its asset management.


Romeo Power Launches A Brighter Energy Future

At SpaceX, the technology expert spearheaded the development of batteries for the F9 rocket. He also contributed to the development of the Crew Dragon Spacecraft life support systems.


Trellis Energy Enables NAESB 3.0 Compliance for Natural Gas Pipelines

Over the course of the last year, Trellis worked with a number of multinational pipeline operators to develop a compliant platform.


ARCOS LLC acquires mobile damage-assessment software provider SAMsix

ARCOS LLC, the North American leader in emergency resource management software for utilities, has acquired SAMsix, an innovator in utility mobile software. The acquisition combines ARCOS’ industry leading abilities to quickly activate and m


New navigation portal for engineering content delivers ‘single point of truth’

An intelligent search and navigation portal for engineering content, OnLink, an Idox solution, launched on August 15, 2016. The OnLink portal has been designed with engineers in mind to deliver a ‘single view of documents’.  By linking c

Carnegie Mellon University spinoff ForAllSecure wins $2M top prize at DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge.

CMU-spinoff ForAllSecure wins $2 million top prize at the DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge

ForAllSecure, a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff startup, just took home $2 million in prize money as the winners of the DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge (CGC), a first-of-its-kind hacking contest in which all participants are autonomous compute


Redline Awarded Contract for Wireless Network in Jordan

Used by oil and gas companies to manage their assets, militaries for secure battlefield communications, municipalities to remotely monitor highways, utilities and other infrastructures,

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ESNG receives FERC approval to provide natural gas transportation service

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation announced that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) approved on July 21 the application by Eastern Shore Natural Gas (“ESNG”), Chesapeake Utilities’ interstate natura

FILE - This June 8, 2016 file photo shows electric cars parked atop the Los Angeles Police Department parking lot, in Los Angeles.  A California lawmaker told The Associated Press on Friday, Aug. 12,  that she's introducing legislation to require that 15 percent of new vehicles be emission-free in less than a decade, a significant escalation in the state's efforts to speed the evolution of new car technology.  (AP Photo/Nick Ut,File)

California may beef up electric vehicle mandate

By Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California lawmaker told The Associated Press on Friday that she’s introducing legislation to require that 15 percent of new vehicles be emission-free in less than a


Hydroelectric plants account for more than 70% of Brazil’s electric generation

Brazil generates the third-highest amount of electricity in the Americas, behind only the United States and Canada. Hydroelectricity provides more than 70% of Brazil’s generation. During the Olympic Games, electricity demand in the host


Australia to ban Chinese from leasing Sydney power grid

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia announced on Thursday it plans to block Chinese bidders from leasing a major Sydney electricity grid on national security grounds. Treasurer Scott Morrison said Chinese state-owned State Grid Corp. and H


PPL Electric Utilities warns customers of sophisticated phone scam

PPL Electric Utilities is warning its customers to be aware of a phone scam in which calls appear to come from the utility and mimic the company’s call center. Customers are being called and told their account is delinquent and they nee

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CB&I announces award for 560-MW dual-fuel combined-cycle gas turbine power station

CB&I announced it has been awarded a contract valued at more than $350 million by a leading electric power holding company for the engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction of a 560-megawatt combined-cycle gas turbine power s


Ingenu Announces Availability of Machine Network in Phoenix

Ingenu Inc.™, the pioneer in delivering connectivity exclusively to machines, today announced availability of its Machine Network™ in Phoenix.  With a coverage area of more than 1,850 square miles, the network provides Internet of Things


PJM Board Approves $636 Million Investment in Transmission Projects

The PJM Interconnection Board has authorized more than $636 million in electric transmission projects to strengthen the grid and reduce electricity costs. The approvals include a market efficiency project expected to save customers $622 mil

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Study: Implico remains market leader of terminal automation systems in EMEA

In the past years, the ARC market study has analyzed recent market developments, examined related technology and business trends, identified leading providers and provided five-year forecasts for the terminal automation system market. The new


Norfolk State University expands green technology initiative with Dominion grant of $25,000

Good things come in small packages: sometimes microscopic ones. Students at Norfolk State University are conducting research with devices that are so tiny that millions of them can fit on the head of a pin. “Thanks to this Dominion Foun


Sterlite Power and Sharper Shape to use drones for powerline monitoring in India

Palo Alto-based Sharper Shape, the global market leader of automated drone-based asset inspections, and Sterlite Power, India’s leading power transmission company, today announced a strategic partnership to provide drone inspection serv


Capstone C600 Signature Series Microturbine to Power Chinese Smart Microgrid

The new Chinese microgrid project will be anchored by a natural gas-fueled C600S microturbine that will be installed in a CCHP application for a multi-energy complementary smart microgrid.


CyberX Raises $9 Million to Protect the Industrial Internet

CyberX, the leading provider of cybersecurity solutions for the Industrial IoT, announced today the completion of a $9M USD funding round. The round was led by Flint Capital, including existing investors Glilot Capital Partners, Swarth Group


In Energy, It’s Time to Transform Digitally

"While loose operational procedures may still result in profitability when market conditions are good, today’s lower prices and increased competition mean that absorbing sloppy maintenance and dealing with unplanned downtimes is simply not


ABB wins orders of over $300 million for world’s first 1,100 kV UHVDC power link in China

ABB has won orders worth over $300 million to supply breakthrough technologies for the world’s first 1,100 kilovolt (kV) ultra-high-voltage direct current (UHVDC) transmission link. The orders were booked in the second quarter of 2016. The


Trimble introduces cloud asset data collection solution for natural gas utilities

Trimble has introduced its Trimble GasOps™ solution for natural gas utilities. The cloud-based, integrated mobile asset data collection solution enables natural gas distribution operators to improve data quality, export collected data to sy

Technip in Brazil, France and Italy has undergone an extensive analysis of each local entity’s policies, practices and data in terms of gender equality, a study complemented by a survey of employees in each of these entities.

Technip is recertified to the EDGE Standard for gender equality in the workplace in Brazil, France and Italy

Technip and EDGE Certified Foundation announce that Technip entities in Brazil, France and Italy have been recertified to the EDGE (Economic Dividends for Gender Equality) global standard for gender equality in the workplace. This recertifica


MGT Acquires Anti-Hacking Technology

MGT Capital Investments, Inc. announced Sentinel MGT, an intrusion monitoring system, a cybersecurity product designed to protect corporate and enterprise intranets from sophisticated hacking threats. MGT also announced plans for a consumer p


Big Data Market Investments Worth $72 Billion by 2020

  The June 2016 big data market report indicates that global spending on big data technology is expected to surpass $46 Billion by the end of 2016. Besides profiling 150 leading ecosystem players in the Big Data arena, this report also c


Florida Power & Light Company recognized for innovative predictive smart grid tool

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) today announced it was named the winner of the Florida Governor’s Sterling Award during the 24th Annual Florida Sterling Conference, hosted earlier this month in Orlando. The conference’s an

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Governing Energy: Sustaining It!

By Dr. Scott M. Shemwell Prologue This is the third in a three-part series.  These three editions of the blog have addressed critical issues the energy sector must address in the current market environment—how to develop organizational Agi

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Three Ways the Digital Transformation Impacts the Energy Industry

The only constant that we find these days in the Energy industries is change. Whether it is lower oil prices, pressure to generate power from renewable energy sources, or increasingly complex government regulations, today’s business realiti


Rising M&A Activity Beckons a Smarter Content Management Strategy

Merger and acquisition activity continues in the Oil & Gas sector, as value investors take advantage of “bargains” to round out portfolios and enter new markets. As noted in Oil and Gas Financial Journal in September, “in the current en


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Governing Energy: Getting Resilient

By Dr. Scott M. Shemwell Prologue This is the second in a three-part series.  The last part will be published later this month.  These three editions of the blog will address critical issues the energy sector must address in the current mar


Governing Energy: Going Agile

By Dr. Scott Shemwell Prologue This is the first in a three-part series. These three editions of the blog will address critical issues the energy sector must address in the current market environment—how to develop organizational Agility, R

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Regulators, Palisades plant reach settlement over leak

The Associated Press COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Federal regulators say they have reached a settlement with owners of the Palisades nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan stemming from a leak five years ago. The Nuclear Regulatory C

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Shell Nigeria saves $1M in digital oilfield infrastructure costs with IoT solutions powered by Ingenu and KONČAR

By Jason Wilson, Sr. Vice President, Global Licensing & Networks, Ingenu The Niger Delta produces approximately 2 million barrels a day, making Nigeria one of West Africa’s biggest producer of petroleum. As a key operator in the region,


Total’s supercomputer now the industry’s most powerful worldwide

Total’s supercomputer Pangea recently boosted its computing power from 2.3 to 6.7 petaflops*, the equivalent of more than 80,000 laptops combined. Its storage capacity has also been increased, to 26 petabytes** — the equivalent of 6


Paradigm Partners with Dassault Systèmes to help oil & gas companies predict reservoir behavior

Paradigm® announced the availability of Reservoir Driven Production Risk Management (RD PRM), a combined software and services offering that integrates advanced rock, fluid and stress characterization to help users better understand how the


Energy sector sees dramatic rise in successful cyber attacks

Tripwire, Inc., a leading global provider of endpoint detection and response, security and compliance solutions, today announced the results of a study conducted for Tripwire by Dimensional Research. The study, which was carried out in Novemb


Energy News: Ex-US scientist sentenced in attempted cyber-attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Nuclear Regulatory Commission scientist has been sentenced to a year and a half in prison for plotting a cyberattack on federal government computers. Charles Harvey Eccleston was sentenced Monday in WashingtonR


Wood Group Intetech launches enhances corrosion software

Wood Group Intetech (WGI), a leading asset integrity specialist serving the global energy industry, is launching a new version of its ECE® software in response to client demand. ECE® is an established tool for corrosion analysis and materia


ARCOS introduces new software to provide insight into utility crew management

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Maersk Oil awards four year contract for Culzean development

Maersk Oil has awarded leading information management specialist – Datum360 – with a four year contract to implement Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions for the Culzean development in the UK North Sea. The key component of the solution


E&P Gains Vision and Certainty Through Transformation

Technological advances are a constant in E&P, and IT teams must continually incorporate new applications and hardware to support discovery, development and production. E&P companies are pursuing hard-to-find resources while also using