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Amsterdam, December 11, 2018 – Today GE (NYSE: GE) and Stedin, one of the leading distribution network operators (DNOs) in the Netherlands, went live with the first European implementation of Transmission Forecast (T-Forecast) software from GE’s Grid Solutions. Part of the Digital Energy portfolio, this new solution forecasts power flow across transmission and distribution and is built to help manage increasing levels of renewable energy generation.

Electrical grids were constructed to manage a uniform flow of electricity primarily powered by coal, petroleum and natural gas. The growth of distributed energy resources (DERs) – such as renewable wind and solar energy which ebb and flow based on weather patterns – coupled with the onset of micro-grids and storage alternatives, have increased the variability and complexity in energy flow. Renewable energy’s variability creates new stresses on the grid, including overload and congestion.

Based on GE’s DER Orchestration solution, the T-Forecast software enhances electric power flow look-ahead visibility at the point of interconnection. This allows both Stedin and the transmission system operator (TSO) in the Netherlands to better manage the variability and intermittency of renewable energy generation. The T-Forecast software leverages the TSO’s Balance Responsible Parties declarations and machine learning technologies to compute a reliable forecast of the power flow at 39 primary substations. This supports Stedin’s compliance with regulations associated the EU’s "third energy package" (directive 2009/72/EC and regulation (EC) 714/2009), in particular the codes related to forecasting load flows in the electrical grid.

Stedin is also focused on flexible deployment initiatives – enabling flexible generation and consumption – as an alternative to grid reinforcements. With GE’s T-Forecast solution, Stedin is able to predict where flexible deployment is necessary, thereby lowering the risk of an unbalanced grid or local overload, even when levels of decentralized generation are high and ensuring a stable electricity supply.

“We are excited to deepen our relationship with GE through the implementation of the T-Forecast software solution. With this new technology, we will be able to better predict the energy load flows in the electrical grid, and in turn, we can increase efficiency and reliability for our customers,” said Peter Hermans, CTO of Stedin. “As renewable energy usage continues to increase, this technology provides a seamless path for future required functionalities and market interactions, including using flexibility for congestion management.”

“We are pleased to work with Stedin in delivering GE’s first implementation of T-Forecast technology in Europe,” said Steven Martin, chief digital officer, GE Power. “A joint view of forecasting with high accuracy allows the TSO to balance their transmission grid while allowing Stedin to avoid congestion at the DNO level.”

T-Forecast is architected as a flexible and open modular solution, based on micro-services, meaning it can be easily updated and inserted into any business process with other services, through orchestration, to support multiple use cases. This modularity also enables it to be “pluggable” onto any SCADA from any provider. With its intuitive user experience, T-Forecast delivers actionable insights for managing the interconnections between the Netherland’s transmission and distribution grids, which helps to prevent disturbances and interruptions.

In 2016, nearly 90 percent of new power added to the electric grid was made up of renewable sources in Europe. With two of Europe’s three largest new windfarm projects and strong solar power growth, the Netherlands is playing a key role in driving Europe’s rapid shift away from fossil fuels. The country is also experiencing an increase in electric vehicle (EV) adoption in alignment with the Dutch government’s long-term energy plan which mandates a phase out of all internal combustion engines by 2035.

About GE

GE (NYSE: GE) drives the world forward by tackling its biggest challenges: Energy, health, transportation—the essentials of modern life. By combining world-class engineering with software and analytics, GE helps the world work more efficiently, reliably, and safely. For more than 125 years, GE has invented the future of industry, and today it leads new paradigms in additive manufacturing, materials science, and data analytics. GE people are global, diverse and dedicated, operating with the highest integrity and passion to fulfill GE’s mission and deliver for our customers.www.ge.com

About GE Power

GE Power is a world energy leader providing equipment, solutions and services across the energy value chain from generation to consumption. Operating in more than 180 countries, our technology produces a third of the world’s electricity, equips 90 percent of power transmission utilities worldwide, and our software manages more than forty percent of the world’s energy. Through relentless innovation and continuous partnership with our customers, we are developing the energy technologies of the future and improving the power networks we depend on today. For more information please visit www.ge.com/power, and follow GE Power on Twitter and on LinkedIn.

About Stedin

Working together towards a lifeworld full of new energy. This is the goal that Stedin works towards every day. To ensure that our more than two million customers can live and work in the most densely populated and industrialised region of the Netherlands: the province of Utrecht and the larger part of the province of Zuid-Holland. A service area with a particularly complex energy infrastructure and a high dependence on energy. With some 3,000 employees, we are working on a sustainable energy supply with more and more local production. A future-proof system that will continue to be reliable and affordable and can be passed on from generation to generation.

 

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(SEOUL – December 10, 2018) - GE Power announced today that the company’s reliable and flexible 6F.03 gas turbines will power Korea Zinc’s LNG Combined Cycle Power Plant located in Onsan, Ulsan City of Korea. Korea Zinc is a world-class general non-ferrous metal smelting company. They produce 18 types of non-ferrous metals from zinc to lead, gold, silver, and copper as well as rare metals such as indium, contributing to the growth of Korea’s basic metal industry for over 40 years.

Korea Zinc’s LNG Combined Cycle Power Plant will produce power for the captive consumption of Korea Zinc, meaning the plant will produce the electricity needed for the local industrial operations at the site. The plant will generate more than 270 MW of power using LNG as a fuel source.

One top officer of Korea Zinc said, “This is a meaningful project that we can generate and supply power on our own using GE's highly reliable gas turbines. GE’s 6F.03 gas turbines are offering superior performance, reliability, and flexibility, which we are exactly looking for. We will continue to collaborate with GE to complete the project successfully and ensure the stable supply of power to Korea Zinc." Two units of GE’s 6F.03 gas turbines will be installed at Korea Zinc Combined Cycle Power Plant, with the goal to be completed by January 2021.

GE and Korea Zinc closely collaborated to build Korea Zinc’s captive power plant for this specific industrial application, and 6F.03 gas turbine - known for best-in-class efficiency and high exhaust energy – was finally selected and will best serve their needs. GE’s 6F.03 gas turbine can generate up to 87 Megawatt (MW) of power in simple cycle. 

Woonsik Ha, executive leader of GE Power in Korea, said, “We are glad that Korea Zinc selected GE’s 6F.03 gas turbine for their captive power plant. Our gas turbines provide high efficiency with durability and flexibility that will enhance Korea Zinc’s productivity.”

According to Korea Power Exchange’s recent research for the self-generation in Korea, most of the captive power plants in Korea are operated by steel, petrochemical, and oil refinery companies that consume large amount of power. It reports that the demand of captive power will, to some extent, increase in near future, depending on economic prospects as well as fuel costs. GE will supply power facilities and cutting-edge technology to create value that helps meet such power demand of Korean companies with its sophisticated gas turbine technology.

GE’s 6F.03 turbines are capable of operating on a wide range of natural gas, distillate, and synthetic fuels. With the large and diversified installed base across 40 countries, there are more than 200 units of GE’s 6F.03 gas turbines in operation globally.

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About GE

GE (NYSE:GE) drives the world forward by tackling its biggest challenges: Energy, health, transportation—the essentials of modern life. By combining world-class engineering with software and analytics, GE helps the world work more efficiently, reliably, and safely. For more than 125 years, GE has invented the future of industry, and today it leads new paradigms in additive manufacturing, materials science, and data analytics. GE people are global, diverse and dedicated, operating with the highest integrity and passion to fulfill GE’s mission and deliver for our customers. www.ge.com

About GE Power

GE Power is a world energy leader providing equipment, solutions and services across the energy value chain from generation to consumption. Operating in more than 180 countries, our technology produces a third of the world’s electricity, equips 90 percent of power transmission utilities worldwide, and our software manages more than forty percent of the world’s energy. Through relentless innovation and continuous partnership with our customers, we are developing the energy technologies of the future and improving the power networks we depend on today. For more information please visit www.ge.com/power, and follow GE Power on Twitter  and on LinkedIn.

WILMINGTON, North Carolina—December 10, 2018—GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) announced today its intent to acquire the business and certain assets of REI Nuclear, LLC (REI Nuclear), a Columbia, South Carolina-based decommissioning technology and tooling design company. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of 2018.   

 

REI Nuclear specializes in performing preliminary design, testing, tooling, project management, technical support, segmentation planning and waste management for nuclear facility decommissioning and dismantlement (D&D) projects.

 

“With REI Nuclear’s technical and project planning expertise, we will be able to increase value for our customers by further strengthening the planning and field execution of decommissioning projects,” said Lance Hall, Executive Vice President of GEH. “Together, we are positioned to capitalize on the rapid expansion of decommissioning projects worldwide and support our customers throughout the nuclear power plant lifecycle.”  

 

“The combination of the decades of decommissioning know-how of GEH and REI Nuclear has proven to be a highly successful project team,” said Grant Phillips, CFO, REI Nuclear. “We could not be more pleased to continue supporting GEH in nuclear plant decommissioning projects.”

 

GEH has utilized REI Nuclear technology for projects that include the dismantling of two reactors at the Oskarshamn Nuclear Power Plant near Oskarshamn, Sweden. This work includes cutting and packing reactor internals for final disposal and will continue through 2019.

 

GEH offers comprehensive D&D project expertise, including experience gained from reactor internals replacement projects in Japan and segmentation scope for extended power uprate projects in the U.S.

 

About GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

 

Based in Wilmington, N.C., GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) is a world-leading provider of advanced reactors and nuclear services. Established in 2007, GEH is a global nuclear alliance created by GE and Hitachi to serve the global nuclear industry. The nuclear alliance executes a single, strategic vision to create a broader portfolio of solutions, expanding its capabilities for new reactor and service opportunities. The alliance offers customers around the world the technological leadership required to effectively enhance reactor performance, power output and safety. Follow GEH on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Paris, France - December 6, 2018:  Addressing the global energy trend for cleaner energy and a reduced carbon footprint, H2V INDUSTRY today announced it has awarded GE Power's Grid Solutions business a contract for the turnkey supply of two 225 kV/30 kV electrical substations. These substations will feed the first 100 MW H2V INDUSTRY production units of the Port-Jérôme factories near Le Havre (76-Normandie) and Loon Plage near Dunkirk (Dunkerque, 59-Nord). H2V INDUSTRY forecasts the creation of approximately 200 jobs at each factory site in France in 2022. According to the “Hydrogen, Scaling up” study conducted by McKinsey for the Hydrogen Council, this energy source could reduce annual CO2 emissions by around 6 metric gigatons, compared with current levels.

World’s First Innovative Mass Production of Green Hydrogen

Recognized as a critical contributor to the energy transition’s success, green hydrogen is the most abundant element on earth and plays an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Green hydrogen contains up to three times more energy per unit mass than diesel, and two and a half times more than natural gas. To address customers’ needs for green hydrogen related to the growing global trend of decarbonization, H2V INDUSTRY’s intends to establish factories in France to support Europe’s energy transition. These factories will focus on the mass production of hydrogen via the electrolysis of water, thereby delivering green hydrogen at a zero-carbon footprint.  

Green Hydrogen and its Zero-Carbon Footprint

Currently, 95 percent of hydrogen is produced from fossil fuel sources resulting in pollution, whereas green hydrogen produced from water and renewable power sources guarantees a zero-carbon footprint. H2V INDUSTRY has chosen the electrolysis of water as the innovative method to produce green hydrogen. The electrolysis of water involves using electrical energy to separate water into hydrogen (H2) and oxygen (O2), thereby converting electrical energy into chemical energy. This green hydrogen can be stored for later use on the network, produced where there is a high concentration of renewables power sources or transported to the consumption sources. It can also be directly injected into industrial processes for decarbonization.

“We are pleased to work with GE’s Grid Solutions because of its undisputed expertise, renowned reliability across the globe, its reputation and quality products. Bringing together our respective competencies is a win-win for both companies,” said Lucien Mallet, H2V INDUSTRY CEO.

"As the grid is becoming increasingly complex, integrating more renewable energy sources and more storage, we are pleased to partner with H2V INDUSTRY on this exciting initiative. A major enabler in the production and transmission of green energy, this contract with H2V INDUSTRY is part of our global strategy to help transform energy networks," said Julien Pelcot, GE’s Grid Solutions Sales Director, France/Belux.  

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Notes to Editors:

About H2V INDUSTRY:

World leader in energy transition, H2V INDUSTRY is the first company to produce massively hydrogen by electrolysis of water based on low-carbon energy to meet the global needs of industry and transport. Each plant represents an investment of 500 million euros and the creation of 200 jobs.

The developments led by the company rely on the expertise of teams whose know-how makes the company unique. Created in 2016 by Lucien Mallet, H2V INDUSTRY has chosen a solid option to build a resilient company. For more information, visit the company website: www.h2vindustry.com

Follow H2V INDUSTRY on LinkedIn and Facebook.

About GE Power:

GE Power is a world energy leader providing equipment, solutions and services across the energy value chain from generation to consumption. Operating in more than 180 countries, our technology produces a third of the world’s electricity, equips 90 percent of power transmission utilities worldwide, and our software manages more than forty percent of the world’s energy. Through relentless innovation and continuous partnership with our customers, we are developing the energy technologies of the future and improving the power networks we depend on today. For more information please visit www.ge.com/power, and follow GE Power on Twitter  and on LinkedIn.

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Paris, France – 6 décembre 2018 : Pour répondre à la tendance globale pour une énergie plus propre et une empreinte carbone réduite, H2V INDUSTRY a annoncé aujourd’hui avoir confié à GE Power's Grid Solutions un contrat pour la fourniture « clé en main » de deux sous-stations électriques 225 kV/30 kV. Ces sous-stations alimenteront les premières unités de production de 100 MW des usines de Port-Jérôme près du Havre (76-Normandie) et de Loon Plage près de Dunkerque (59-Nord) en France. H2V INDUSTRY envisage la création de 200 emplois directs par usine en France en 2022. Selon l’enquête sur l’intensification de l’hydrogène menée par McKinsey pour le Conseil de l’Industrie de l’Hydrogène, l’hydrogène pourrait réduire les émissions annuelles de CO2 de 6 Gigatonnes, par rapport aux niveaux actuels.

Première mondiale de production massive d’hydrogène

Reconnu comme un contributeur essentiel à la réussite de la transition énergétique, l’hydrogène est l’élément le plus abondant dans l’univers et joue un rôle majeur dans la réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre. L’hydrogène vert contient jusqu’à trois fois plus d’énergie par unité de masse que le diesel, et deux fois et demi plus que le gaz naturel. Pour répondre aux besoins des clients pour de l’hydrogène vert en lien avec la tendance croissante de décarbonisation, H2V INDUSTRY envisage d’installer des usines en France pour contribuer à la transition énergétique en Europe. Ces usines vont principalement produire en masse de l’hydrogène via le procédé d’électrolyse de l’eau, fournissant ainsi de l’hydrogène vert garantissant une empreinte carbone nulle.  

Hydrogène vert et son empreinte carbone nulle

Actuellement 95% de l’hydrogène est fabriqué à partir d’hydrocarbures polluants. En revanche, fabriqué à partir d’eau et d’électricité issue d’énergies renouvelables, l’hydrogène vert est le gage d’une empreinte carbone nulle. H2V INDUSTRY a choisi la méthode de l’électrolyse de l’eau comme moyen innovant de produire l’hydrogène vert. Le procédé d’électrolyse de l’eau implique l’utilisation de l’énergie électrique pour décomposer l’eau en hydrogène (H2) et oxygène (O2), convertissant ainsi l’énergie électrique en énergie chimique. Cet hydrogène peut alors être stocké pour une utilisation ultérieure sur le réseau, produit sur les lieux de forte concentration en énergies renouvelables, puis transporté jusqu’aux lieux de consommation. Il peut être également directement injecté dans les processus industriels qui doivent se décarboner.

« Nous nous félicitons d’avoir choisi GE’s Grid Solutions tout d’abord pour son expertise incontestée, sa fiabilité mondialement reconnue et la réputation de la qualité des équipements proposés. Nous bénéficierons de nos compétences respectives. » précise Lucien Mallet, Président de H2V INDUSTRY.

« Alors que le réseau se complexifie en intégrant plus de sources d’énergies renouvelables et plus de stockage, nous nous réjouissons d’accompagner H2V INDUSTRY sur cette première mondiale. Acteur majeur dans la production et le transport de l’énergie verte, ce contrat avec H2V INDUSTRY s’inscrit dans notre stratégie globale d’accompagnement de la transition énergétique. » nous confie Julien Pelcot, Directeur Commercial France/Belux chez GE’s Grid Solutions.

 

 

À propos de H2V INDUSTRY

Leader mondial de la transition énergétique, H2V INDUSTRY est la première entreprise qui propose de produire massivement de l’hydrogène par électrolyse de l’eau à base d’énergie décarbonée pour satisfaire les besoins mondiaux de l’industrie et des transports. Chaque usine représente un investissement de 500 millions d’euros et la création de 200 emplois.

Les développements menés par l’entreprise s’appuient sur l’expertise des équipes dont le savoir-faire rend la société unique. Créée en 2016 par Lucien Mallet, H2V INDUSTRY a choisi une solide option pour construire une société résiliente. Pour plus d’informations, visitez le site Web de l’entreprise : www.h2vindustry.com.

Suivez H2V INDUSTRY sur LinkedIn et Facebook.

À propos de GE Power

GE Power est un leader mondial de l’énergie qui fournit des technologies, des solutions et des services pour l’ensemble de la chaîne de valeur de l’énergie, de la production à la consommation.

Implanté dans plus de 180 pays, notre technologie alimente un tiers de la planète en électricité, équipe 90% des gestionnaires de réseaux de transport d’électricité dans le monde, et 40 % de l’électricité distribuée dans le monde est gérée par nos logiciels. Via une innovation incessante et des partenariats durables avec nos clients, nous développons les technologies énergétiques de demain et améliorons les réseaux électriques dont nous dépendons. Pour plus d’informations, visitez le site Web de l’entreprise à l’adresse suivante : www.gepower.com. Suivez GE Power sur Twitter @GE Power et sur LinkedIn à la page GE Power.

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• Orders for leading HA gas turbine booked in the third quarter in Florida and Taiwan

• Customers Invenergy and Bahrain Aluminum’s HA-power plants successfully first fired

• Gas will play a vital role in a cleaner energy future according to newly announced GE Gas Power CEO Scott Strazik, keynoting today at POWER-GEN International

ORLANDO – December 5, 2018 – GE today announced orders and continued strong momentum for the company’s flagship HA, the largest and most efficient gas turbine fleet in the industry, at POWER-GEN International in Orlando, Florida.

The company announced it will partner with electric utility Tampa Electric (TECO), an Emera company, to modernize Big Bend Power Station in Hillsborough County, Florida, using GE’s advanced gas and steam turbine technology and services. The modernized Big Bend Power Station will help TECO produce electricity in an amount equivalent to the needs of more than 750,000 Florida households using two of GE’s industry-leading 7HA gas turbines and a comprehensive upgrade for the steam turbine island.

Independent power producer Chiahui Corporation will use the HA, the industry’s most efficient heavy-duty gas turbine, as part of a full turnkey power expansion project at Chiahui Power Plant in Chiayi Province, Taiwan. GE’s 7HA.02 gas turbine will be part of the expansion to increase the plant’s generation potential, and it will be the third HA gas turbine in Taiwan, enhancing the country’s ability to generate flexible, reliable and affordable electricity from natural gas.

GE’s customers have also announced major operational milestones for several HA-powered facilities around the world, including Invenergy’s Lackawanna Energy Center in Jessup, Pennsylvania, United States, and Aluminium Bahrain (Alba)’s Unit 1 at Power Station 5 in Bahrain. Both customers have achieved first fire status for the HA units —a significant milestone for plants preparing to become commercially operational and provide electricity to the grid.

 

In addition, GE shared that its fleet of more than 30 HA gas turbines commercially operating around the world has surpassed 220,000 operating hours, and has added 19 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity worldwide. The HA remains the fastest-growing fleet of gas turbines today, with 83 orders by 35 customers in 16 countries.

Natural gas power plants have a lifespan measured in decades, and customers look to GE to provide total plant solutions across the entire lifecycle of their power generation assets. To that end, GE also announced today that it has completed Europe’s first 9EMax gas turbine upgrade at the Czech Power Station, providing significantly more power, incremental revenue generation, and greater efficiency. This is GE’s fifth 9EMax upgrade, built on its deep experience of a global fleet of more than 700 9E gas turbines, and you can read more about this announcement here.

Powering to a Cleaner Energy Future with Gas

GE today also reaffirmed its foundational belief that natural gas generation will fuel the future of electricity through its ongoing grand transformation. Onstage at the industry’s largest annual gathering, newly announced GE Gas Power CEO Scott Strazik articulated a balanced environment for gas power with headwinds associated with renewables growth and tailwinds with supply growth and power density. “Gas power is well positioned to play a vital role replacing coal and nuclear retirements while complementing renewables growth in different parts of the energy landscape. It’s dispatchable, flexible, affordable, and fast.”

In a new whitepaper released this week citing the International Energy Agency’s most recent World Energy Outlook, GE said that “the contribution of gas to powering the world through 2040 is vital by almost any measure, across markets and sectors.” Natural gas generation is also a perfect complement to other technologies that will power the future of electricity: from energy storage and renewable energy sources such as wind and hydro to high-voltage grid technologies such as high-voltage direct current (HVDC).

Strazik continued, “Natural gas generation will continue to fuel the future of our world with its ability to support increased levels of renewable energy and provide efficient and flexible electricity to people who need it.”

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About GE Power

GE Power is a world energy leader providing equipment, solutions and services across the energy value chain from generation to consumption. Operating in more than 180 countries, our technology produces a third of the world’s electricity, equips 90 percent of power transmission utilities worldwide, and our software manages more than forty percent of the world’s energy. Through relentless innovation and continuous partnership with our customers, we are developing the energy technologies of the future and improving the power networks we depend on today. For more information please visit www.ge.com/power, and follow GE Power on Twitter  and on LinkedIn.

About GE’s HA Gas Turbine

GE Power’s HA gas turbine is the world’s most efficient, largest, and fastest growing gas turbine fleet for both 50 and 60 Hz sectors. Operating with up to 64% net combined cycle efficiency, GE Power’s HA is the most efficient gas turbine in the world when compared to competing technologies. GE’s HA gas turbine is also the fastest growing fleet in the industry with more than 83 orders by 35 customers in 16 countries and has achieved more than 220,000 operating hours to date. You can learn more about the HA gas turbine fleet here.

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Country’s utilities and government regulators are focused on aggressive electrification, decentralization, and digitization efforts, report finds

A second structural impediment to fully realizing DER benefits is the current grid planning approach, which biases grid design toward traditional infrastructure rather than distributed alternatives, even if distributed solutions better meet grid needs. Outdated planning approaches rely on static assumptions about DER capabilities and focus primarily on mitigating potential DER integration challenges, rather than proactively harnessing these flexible assets.

Section II demonstrated how California could realize an additional $1.4 billion per year by 2020 in net benefits from the deployment of new DERs during the 2016-2020 timeframe. This state-wide methodology was then applied to the planned distribution capacity projects for California’s most recent GRC request, showing how the deployment of DERs in lieu of planned distribution capacity expansion projects in PG&E’s next rate case could save customers over $100 million. 

Motivated by the challenge faced in designing a grid appropriate to the 21st century, this report first focuses on determining the quantifiable net economic benefits that DERs can offer to society. The approach taken builds on existing avoided cost methodologies – which have already been applied to DERs by industry leaders – while introducing updated methods to hardto-quantify DER benefit categories that are excluded from traditional analyses. While the final net benefit calculation derived in this report is specific to California, the overall methodological advancements developed here are applicable across the U.S. Moreover, the ultimate conclusion from this analysis – that DERs offer a better alternative to many traditional infrastructure solutions in advancing the 21st century grid – should also hold true across the U.S., although the exact net benefits of DERs will vary across regions.

Designing the electric grid for the 21st century is one of today’s most important and exciting societal challenges. Regulators, legislators, utilities, and private industry are evaluating ways to both modernize the aging grid and decarbonize our electricity supply, while also enabling customer choice, increasing resiliency and reliability, and improving public safety, all at an affordable cost.

The share of renewables in overall power generation is rapidly increasing, both in developed and developing countries. Furthermore, many countries have ambitious targets to transform their power sector towards renewables. To achieve these objectives, the structure and operation of existing power grid infrastructures will need to be revisited as the share of renewable power generation increases.

Renewable energy technologies can be divided into two categories: dispatchable (i.e. biomass, concentrated solar power with storage, geothermal power and hydro) and non-dispatchable, also known as Variable Renewable Energy or VRE (i.e. ocean power, solar photovoltaics and wind). VRE has four characteristics that require specific measures to integrate these technologies into current power systems: 1) variability due to the temporal availability of resources; 2) uncertainty due to unexpected changes in resource availability; 3) location-specific properties due to the geographical availability of resources; and 4) low marginal costs since the resources are freely available.

A transition towards high shares of VRE requires a re-thinking of the design, operation and planning of future power systems from a technical and economic point of view. In such a system, supply and demand will be matched in a much more concerted and flexible way. From a technical perspective, VRE generation can be ideally combined with smart grid technologies, energy storage and more flexible generation technologies. From an economic perspective, the regulatory framework will need to be adjusted to account for the cost structure of VRE integration, to allow for new services and revenue channels, and to support new business models.

There are several technological options that can help to integrate VRE into the power system grid: system-friendly VREs, flexible generation, grid extension, smart grid technologies, and storage technologies. New advances in wind and solar PV technologies allow them to be used over a wider range of conditions and provide ancillary services like frequency and voltage control. Flexible generation requires changes in the energy mix to optimise production from both dispatchable and non-dispatchable resources. Smart grid technologies can act as an enabler for VRE integration, given their ability to reduce the variability in the system by allowing the integration of renewables into diverse electricity resources, including load control (e.g. Demand Side Management (DSM), Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), and enhancing the grid operation and therefore helping to efficiently manage the system’s variability by implementing advanced technologies (e.g. smart inverters, Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) and Fault Ride Through (FRT) capabilities).

Energy storage technologies can alleviate short-term variability (up to 2 Renewable Energy Integration in Power Grids | Technology Brief several hours), or longer-term variability through pumped-storage hydroelectricity, thermal energy storage or the conversion of electricity into hydrogen or gas.

Two immediate applications for deploying innovative technologies and operation modes for VRE integration are mini-grids and island systems. The high costs for power generation in these markets make VREs and grid integration technologies economically attractive since they can simultaneously improve the reliability, efficiency and performance of these power systems. This is, for example, the case of the Smart Grid demonstration project in Jeju Island, South Korea.

Furthermore, the right assessment and understanding of VRE integration costs are relevant for policy making and system planning. Any economic analysis of the transition towards renewables-based power systems should, therefore, consider all different cost components for VRE grid integration, such as grid costs (e.g. expansion and upgrading), capacity costs and balancing costs. Integration costs are due not only to the specific characteristics of VRE technologies but also to the power system and its adaptability to greater variability. Therefore, these costs should be carefully interpreted and not entirely attributed to VRE, especially when the system is not flexible enough to deal with variability (i.e. in the short-term).

Moreover, RE integration delivers broader benefits beyond purely economic ones, such as social and environmental benefits. Even though not straightforward, these externalities should be considered and quantified in order to integrate them into the decision-making process and maximise socio-economic benefits.

Due to the rapid technological progress and multiple grid integration options available, policy makers should build a framework for RE grid integration based on the current characteristic of the system, developing technological opportunities and long-term impacts and targets. In particular, policy makers should adopt a long-term vision for their transition towards renewables and set regulatory frameworks and market designs to foster both RE development and management of greater system variability. Such regulatory frameworks could include new markets for ancillary services and price signals for RE power generators that incentivise the reduction of integration costs.

Source: IEA-ETSAP and IRENA

A power crisis is looming large on India and the country needs to immediately start planning coal-based power plants and transmission corridors to avert it, experts have cautioned.

This is also the "first intra-state transmission system project" won by the company under tariff-based competitive bidding, according to a filing to the BSE.

Kalpataru Power Transmission Ltd (KPTL) Wednesday said it has bagged orders worth Rs 1,322 crore in domestic and overseas markets.

The project was awarded to the company through competitive bidding prices and commissioned in December 2017.

REC has a loan book of Rs 2 lakh crore and provides loans to power generation companies, transmission companies, state electricity boards and renewable energy providers.

Sterlite group CEO Pratik Agarwal said the country will soon need to award tenders for large transmission lines, on the lines of Green energy corridors.

HELSINKI, Dec. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --  Altran, the global leader in engineering and R&D services, has signed a partnership with Wirepas to extend its range of localization solutions services.

As a part of its portfolio, Altran provides solutions to solve asset tracking issues thanks to location-based services leveraging an end-to-end, modular and technology-agnostic architecture, from physical devices to backend platform and applications. This new location-based service (LBS) solution now incorporates Wirepas Mesh and positioning technology to offer a scalable and easy-to-deploy indoor localization solution.

Wirepas Mesh technology reduces the number of expensive gateways and simplifies system complexity whilst providing a much more robust radio solution to connect a wide range of asset management tags and sensors. In addition, Wirepas Positioning Engine allows Altran's LBS solution to include a fully battery-operated asset localization solution with access to a wide range of tags and sensors provided by Wirepas ecosystem of partners.

"Every asset management use case has different needs. For some projects, the most important KPI is the power efficiency. For some others, the key care-about is the accuracy. For all, the total cost of ownership including infrastructure capex and lifetime operating cost is an important KPI. A scalable, flexible and cost-efficient connectivity platform such as Wirepas gives solution providers such as Altran a possibility to offer fit-for-purpose solutions for various use cases and end customers," says Teppo Hemiä, Wirepas Chief Executive Officer.

"Location based applications are instrumental in the digitization of operations. They bring extra efficiency in a variety of industries: limiting missing assets and money wasted on spare inventories, streamlining procurement and production workflows, optimizing and monitoring logistics, automating inventory management, not to mention the increased safety and security for the hazardous zones workers, " says Didier Pagnoux, Director of Altran World Class Center IoT Solutions.

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Wirepas Mesh enables wireless IoT networking at massive scale. It is a de-centralized IoT network protocol that can be used to connect, locate and identify lights, sensors, beacons, assets, machines and meters in cities, buildings, industry, logistics and energy - with unprecedented scale, density, flexibility and reliability. It can be used on any radio hardware and on any frequency band. Wirepas has its headquarters in Tampere, Finland and offices in Australia, France, Germany, India, South Korea, the UK and the United States. Things connected - Naturally.

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About Altran

Altran has become the undisputed world leader in engineering services and R&D (ER&D) following the acquisition of Aricent. The company offers clients a unique value proposition to address their transformation and innovation needs. Altran works alongside its clients, from the initial idea to the industrialisation phase, to devise the products and services of the future. For more than 30 years, the company has shared its experience in the aerospace, automotive, defence, energy, life sciences, railway, financial services, and telecommunications sectors. The acquisition of Aricent extends this leadership to semi-conductors, digital experience and design innovation. Together, Altran and Aricent have generated revenues of €2.9 billion in 2017 and have 45,000 employees in more than 30 countries.

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NAGOYA, Japan, Dec. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- NGK INSULATORS, LTD. (hereinafter "NGK") based in Nagoya, Japan, announced that it has been named a CES (R) 2019 Innovation Awards honoree for chip-type ceramic secondary batteries, both "EnerCera (R) Pouch" and "EnerCera (R) Coin." NGK will exhibit them at CES 2019, the world's largest consumer electronics show to be held in Las Vegas, USA, from January 8 to 11, 2019. It is the first time for NGK to exhibit at CES.

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CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is the world's largest trade show in consumer electronics held in Las Vegas every January. The "CES Innovation Awards" is an international award program in 28 product categories judged by product quality, beauty of design, value to customers, uniqueness and novelty of product specs, and innovation compared to products in the market.

NGK will introduce the "EnerCera" series at CES for the first time. The EnerCera series is a Li-ion secondary battery realizing high energy density with a small and thin body by using NGK's original Crystal Oriented Ceramic Plate as electrodes. One of the features is high heat resistance that enables the battery to be mounted on devices by high-temperature processes. The EnerCera series has two types: EnerCera Pouch, the world's first Li-ion secondary battery (*1) which can be embedded in IC cards by hot lamination, and EnerCera Coin, the world's first Li-ion secondary battery (*1) which can be mounted on circuit boards by reflow soldering.

Both EnerCera Pouch and EnerCera Coin won the CES Innovation Awards within the "Smart Energy" category that is for consumer electronics' power sources, charging devices and so on, because they were highly evaluated for their capability of high-temperature installation essential for device manufacturing and the innovation brought to the spread of IoT devices. As a result, the EnerCera series won double awards.

The mass production of the EnerCera series is scheduled to start in April 2019 sequentially, to be adopted for applications which require high capacity in a small and thin body, such as IoT devices, smart cards, RFID tags, electronic shelf labels (ESLs) and wearable devices.

(*1) As of "announcement date, 2018," based on NGK's research

Event details
Date: January 8 - January 11, 2019
Place: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Booth: Sands Expo, Level 2, Halls A-D, Booth# 41374 
Products: EnerCera series, ZNB/Zinc rechargeable battery

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About NGK

NGK is the world's largest manufacturer of electrical insulators, including 1,000-kV ultrahigh-voltage (UHV) transmission and substation insulators, and has a 100-year history. With foundations in exclusive ceramics technology, NGK contributes to environmental conservation, providing a wide range of products and technology in the "Triple E" growth fields of energy, ecology and electronics. NGK is also one of the largest manufacturers of HONEYCERAM and diesel particulate filters (DPFs) for catalyst converters for automobiles. NGK is also the world's leading manufacturer succeeding in commercialization of large-capacity energy storage systems (NAS batteries), which has overturned the conventional wisdom that power cannot be stored. Its President is Taku Oshima.

To learn more about NGK, visit: https://www.ngk-insulators.com/en/index.html

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NAGOYA, Japan, Dec. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- NGK INSULATORS, LTD. (hereinafter "NGK") based in Nagoya, Japan, announced that its chip-type ceramic secondary battery "EnerCera (R)" series won the award for Best Technical Development within Energy Storage at the IDTechEx Show! 2018, an event hosted by UK-based IDTechEx in Santa Clara, USA, on November 14-15, 2018.

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The EnerCera series is a Li-ion secondary battery with a high-energy density and small and thin body that uses NGK's original Crystal Oriented Ceramic Plate as electrodes. With its high heat resistance, the EnerCera series stands out for its compatibility with high-temperature production processes, such as hot lamination, which is a common forming method for IC cards, and the reflow soldering, which is a standard method for mounting electronic components on circuit boards. The EnerCera series received a highly positive evaluation for its compatibility with high-temperature installation, an essential process for the mass production of devices. This compatibility will enable batteries to be installed in various devices going forward. The EnerCera series was also highly commended as a long-awaited high-performance battery solution that will contribute to the development of smaller and thinner bodies and enhanced productivity for IoT devices, wearable devices and other applications.

Hosted by major UK-based high-tech research firm IDTechEx, the IDTechEx Show! is one of the world's leading exhibition and conference events on emerging technologies. Every year, the event is held in the USA and Europe, drawing participants from around 60 countries. It features exhibits by more than 270 companies and presentations by more than 250 companies from around the world. At this year's event in Santa Clara, USA, the exhibition covered eight categories, including Internet of Things Applications, 3D Printing, Sensors, Wearable, and Electric Vehicles. The EnerCera series won the award for the Best Technical Development within Energy Storage. This award is presented to the most outstanding technology and product in the Energy Storage Innovations category, which includes entries on cutting-edge energy storage technologies and devices.

The EnerCera series has two types: "EnerCera Pouch," the world's first (*1) Li-ion secondary battery that can be embedded by hot lamination in IC cards, and "EnerCera Coin," the world's first (*1) Li-ion secondary battery that can be mounted on a circuit board by the reflow soldering and has a high-discharge current property sufficient to operate devices. The EnerCera series is expected to be adopted for various applications which require high capacity in a small and thin body, such as IoT devices, smart cards, RFID tags, electronic shelf labels (ESLs), and wearable devices. NGK plans to start mass production in April 2019.  

(*1) As of "announcement date, 2018," based on NGK's research

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About NGK

NGK is the world's largest manufacturer of electrical insulators, including 1,000-kV ultrahigh-voltage (UHV) transmission and substation insulators, and has a 100-year history. With foundations in exclusive ceramics technology, NGK contributes to environmental conservation, providing a wide range of products and technology in the "Triple E" growth fields of energy, ecology and electronics. NGK is also one of the largest manufacturers of HONEYCERAM and diesel particulate filters (DPFs) for catalyst converters for automobiles. NGK is also the world's leading manufacturer succeeding in commercialization of large-capacity energy storage systems (NAS batteries), which has overturned the conventional wisdom that power cannot be stored. Its President is Taku Oshima.

To learn more about NGK, visit: https://www.ngk-insulators.com/en/index.html

SOURCE NGK INSULATORS, LTD.

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Celgard, LLC ("Celgard"), a subsidiary of Polypore International, LP, filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against MTI Corporation ("MTI"), seller of ceramic coated separators for lithium batteries in Richmond, California, USA.

The complaint alleges that MTI has infringed Celgard's United States Patent No. 6,432,586 issued for an invention entitled "Separator for a High Energy Rechargeable Lithium Battery." The patent in the lawsuit covers ceramic composite layer lithium-ion battery separators first developed by Celgard for high-energy rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. The lawsuit seeks an injunction preventing MTI from selling ceramic coated battery separators that infringe Celgard's patent and it also seeks compensation for damages.

A separate complaint filed by Celgard in U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina against MTI seeks an injunction preventing MTI from infringing trademarks and from selling unauthorized and counterfeit ceramic coated battery separators with the Celgard® registered brand name and Celgard® labeling, and also seeks compensation for damages.

Celgard is taking these actions to safeguard its assets and customers, and will continue to take appropriate steps to prevent the unfair exploitation of its intellectual property.

About Celgard, LLC
Celgard, LLC specializes in developing, manufacturing and marketing coated and uncoated dry-process microporous membranes used as separators in various lithium-ion batteries that play a critical role in the performance, life and safety of lithium battery cells. Celgard's battery separator technology is used in lithium batteries for electric drive vehicles, energy storage systems and other specialty applications.

Celgard is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polypore International, LP. For more information, visit www.celgard.com

About Polypore International, LP
Polypore International, LP, an Asahi Kasei Group company, specializes in highly-engineered microporous membranes used in electric drive vehicles, energy storage systems and emergency backup power systems, portable consumer electronic devices, cars, trucks, buses, and forklifts. A global high-technology company based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Polypore International, LP is highly regarded in the market with manufacturing facilities or sales offices in nine countries serving six continents. For more information, visit www.polypore.com.

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SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Reflecting the company’s commitment to address the growing threat of wildfires, PG&E is proposing a series of important additional safety investments as part of its 2020 General Rate Case (GRC) to help further protect the 16 million people it serves.

The company’s GRC proposal, filed today with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), includes additional precautionary measures implemented after the 2017 and 2018 wildfires to help further reduce wildfire threats. Such measures will help bolster wildfire prevention, risk monitoring and emergency response; add new and enhanced safety measures; increase vegetation management; and harden PG&E’s electric system to help further reduce wildfire risk.

2020 General Rate Case

More than half of PG&E’s proposed increase would be directly related to wildfire prevention, risk reduction, and additional safety enhancements. Among the important wildfire safety investments in the GRC proposal are the following components of PG&E’s expanded Community Wildfire Safety Program:

  • Installing stronger and more resilient poles and covered power lines across 2,000 miles of high fire-risk areas;
  • Increasing ongoing work to keep power lines clear of branches from an estimated 120 million trees with the potential to grow or fall into overhead power lines, including annual vegetation inspection of approximately 81,000 miles of high-voltage electric distribution lines;
  • Implementing SmartMeter™ technology to more quickly identify and respond to fallen power lines;
  • Expanding the network of weather stations to enhance weather forecasting and modeling by adding 1,300 new weather stations in high fire-risk areas by 2022; and
  • Installing nearly 600 new high-definition cameras in high fire-threat areas, increasing coverage across these areas to more than 90 percent.

While the GRC proposal will help fund a series of important safety investments, this proposal does not request funding for potential claims resulting from the devastating 2017 and 2018 Northern California wildfires, the largest of which are still under investigation. The proposal also does not request recovery of PG&E Corporation or Utility officer compensation.

“We understand and embrace our responsibility to safely provide electricity and gas to the communities we have the privilege to serve. As California experiences more frequent and intense wildfires and other extreme weather events, we must take necessary, bold and urgent steps to protect our customers. The prudent investments we are proposing will help build a safer and more resilient energy system for the future,” said Steve Malnight, PG&E Senior Vice President of Energy Supply and Policy.

Open and Transparent Public Process

As with any GRC proposal, all investments and expenditures are subject to open and transparent public review and approval by the CPUC. The Commission will thoroughly review PG&E’s proposal, including holding public hearings across the state. PG&E strongly encourages its customers to provide feedback and participate in this important public process that will help shape customer rates and California’s energy future.

Customer Bills

If the CPUC approves the proposed investments, the average monthly bill for a typical residential electric and gas customer would increase by $10.57 a month, or 6.4 percent. This includes $8.73 for electric and $1.84 for gas service. The resulting rate change would occur in 2020 following the Commission’s decision.

“PG&E recognizes that any increase to a customer’s energy bill has a significant impact, and we are committed to keeping customer costs as low as possible, while ensuring we are meeting our responsibilities to safely serve our customers,” Malnight added.

2018 Nuclear Decommissioning Cost Triennial Proceeding

PG&E filed a second and separate proposal today at the CPUC that is referred to as the 2018 Nuclear Decommissioning Cost Triennial Proceeding (NDCTP). The filing is consistent with the CPUC’s decision to retire Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCPP) in 2025 to meet California's evolving energy policies and increase the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency resources. The NDCTP filing proposes an updated cost estimate for the safe decommissioning of DCPP and to restart the collection of customer contributions that are necessary to fund the project.

“Diablo Canyon continues to be an important resource for California in achieving our clean energy goals. When the plant has completed its service at the end of the operating licenses, we are committed to safely decommissioning Diablo Canyon in a fashion that is consistent not only with all laws and regulations, but also recognizes its important location to the community and California. We will remain firmly focused on working with the state, local leaders and our neighbors to determine the most appropriate path forward concerning the surrounding lands and coastline,” said Malnight. “This proposal will ensure we have the proper funding to achieve these important environmental and community goals.”

Process to Close Diablo Canyon

Following the 2016 announcement to retire DCPP in 2025, PG&E completed a comprehensive, site-specific DCPP decommissioning analysis. The study informed PG&E’s updated project cost estimate of $4.8 billion and proposal to re-start the collection of customer contributions into a separate trust established to finance the decommissioning project, safely store used fuel until the federal government takes storage responsibility and to remove all supporting campus infrastructure such as office buildings, warehouses and the site’s marina.

Currently, PG&E has approximately $3.2 billion set aside in the decommissioning trust for the project and needs an additional $1.6 billion in 2017 dollars to fully fund the safe decommissioning of DCPP.

In the NDCTP filing, PG&E is requesting that customer contributions for decommissioning restart in 2020 and conclude at the end of 2025. This will ensure that only those customers who benefit from the clean, reliable and affordable energy produced by DCPP will be responsible for supporting its decommissioning. It will also ensure compliance with California and federal laws requiring the reasonable costs of decommissioning be funded prior to the closure of a nuclear power plant.

The decommissioning cost estimate could potentially decrease in the future if existing campus infrastructure, such as the site’s marina, is repurposed for alternative uses. Decisions on future repurposing will be made by PG&E with the input of the Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel and the local community, and are subject to regulatory approval.

Customer Bills

Approval of the 2018 NDCTP would result in a short-term monthly bill increase for a period of six years. For an average non-CARE bundled residential electric customer in 2020, the bill impact is about 2 percent, or $1.98.

Open and Transparent Public Process

The NDCTP filing, as with the 2020 GRC proposal, are subject to open and transparent public review and approval by the CPUC. The Commission will perform a thorough review of PG&E’s proposals, which will include public hearings across the state. PG&E strongly supports and encourages its customers to provide feedback and participate in this important public process which will help shape customer rates and California’s energy future.

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-looking Statements

This news release includes forward-looking statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the beliefs, expectations, estimates, future plans and strategies of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions, which management believes are reasonable, and on information currently available to management, but are necessarily subject to various risks and uncertainties. In addition to the risk that these assumptions prove to be inaccurate, factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements include the timing and outcome of the remaining investigations into the 2017 and 2018 Northern California wildfires, weakened credit conditions that may impair PG&E Corporation’s and PG&E’s ability to access the capital markets, and other factors disclosed in PG&E Corporation and PG&E’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, their most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, and their subsequent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. PG&E Corporation and PG&E undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether due to new information, future events or otherwise.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and pge.com/news.

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ComEd announced today that commercial and industrial customers can begin submitting applications for rebates of $250 per kilowatt of installed solar energy as approved last month by the Illinois Commerce Commission. The rebate will reduce up-front installation costs and spur renewable energy development, and it is available to ComEd business customers who adopted solar after June 1, 2017.

Rebate amounts will be based on the capacity of a company’s solar project. A 1,000-kilowatt project, for example, will be eligible for a rebate of $250,000. Rebates will be fulfilled within 60 days of receipt of a completed application.

“Our new rebate program is a strong demonstration of the commitment we’re making to increase access to renewable energy and create new value and more choices for our customers,” said Veronica Gomez, senior vice president of regulatory and energy policy, ComEd. “This is an important milestone for ComEd and for customers seeking clean energy alternatives, and it will further reinforce Illinois’ growing reputation for energy innovation.”

The rebate is also available to community supply project owners, operators or customers receiving community supply service. Owners or operators of a community supply project produce and provide energy to the grid, while subscribers to the project receive credits based on their share of the total energy produced.

This rebate program rewards commercial and industrial customers for generating clean energy much like ComEd’s residential net metering customers already receive credits on their bill when they produce more energy than they use with a private solar energy system installed at their home.

Eligible customers can learn more about the new ComEd rebate program requirements and apply for a rebate at www.comed.com/DGrebate.

ComEd is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), a Fortune 100 energy company with approximately 10 million electricity and natural gas customers – the largest number of customers in the U.S. ComEd powers the lives of more than 4 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information visit ComEd.com and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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