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An archive listing of news items from 2004 through 2007 pertaining to the Electrical Grid.

For current news, see: News:Grid

2008 - 2009

See News:Grid:2008-2009


  • Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Car Generates Electricity, and Cash - University of Delaware researchers have created a system that enables vehicles to not only run on electricity alone, but also to generate revenue by storing and providing electricity for utilities. The technology--known as V2G, for vehicle-to-grid--lets electricity flow from the car’s battery to power lines and back. (NewsWise; Dec. 3, 2007)
  • Gadgets to Spur Energy Conservation by Peter Fairley - This winter, about a thousand participants in Manhattan-based ConsumerPowerline's energy-conservation program will receive small plug-in boxes that glow red when power demand peaks, urging them to turn off space heaters, defer dishwasher runs, or otherwise save electricity. (MIT Technology Review; Nov. 14, 2007)
  • Revolutionary Power Storage - The Non-Planar Super Capacitor could revolutionize our power storage capacity and address our growing demand for consumption. If we use US Patent 7,251,118 (pdf) to construct super capacitors at the delivery end of power lines, establishing a constant power flow, we could decrease maximum capacity requirements. (Leonardo Energy; Nov. 14, 2007)
  • Off Goes the Power Current Started by Thomas Edison - Wednesday, Con Edison ended 125 years of direct current electricity service that began when Thomas Edison opened his Pearl Street power station. Con Ed will now only provide alternating current, in a final, vestigial triumph by Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse. (NY Times Blog; Nov. 14, 2007) (See also Slashdot)

  • US Video Shows Hacker Hit on Power Grid - A government video shows the potential destruction caused by hackers seizing control of a crucial part of the U.S. electrical grid: an industrial turbine spinning wildly out of control until it becomes a smoking hulk and power shuts down. (PhysOrg; Sept. 27, 2007)
  • Excess Nightime Energy Could Fuel Over 158 Million Plug-in Hybrids - One common critique of an electric car revolution is that the increased energy demand might just lead to the generation of new power plants, negating some of the cars' positive environmental benefits. Not so, according to a new study by the U.S. Department of Energy. (TreeHugger; Sept. 4, 2007)
  • Big Steps In Building: Change Our Wiring to 12 Volt DC - Though Tesla may have been right about long-distance transmission of power via alternating current, Edison may yet have a case for local distribution. 12VDC power needs no childproofing, no wall warts, creates no EMF and makes adding incremental sources like solar and wind much easier. (TreeHugger; Sept. 4, 2007)
  • Distributed Generation Technologies: Applications and Challenges - The practice of installing and operating electric generating equipment at or near the site of where the power is used is known as "distributed generation". Distributed generation technologies include engines, small (and micro) turbines, fuel cells, and photovoltaic systems. (Energy Business Report; Aug. 2007)
  • Cheney Suppressed Evidence in California Energy Crisis - In-depth investigation by Jason Leopold shows how Vice President Dick Cheney pressured federal energy regulators to conceal evidence of widespread market manipulation by energy companies during the California electricity crisis in 2001. (Truthout; July 19, 2007)
  • Fire the Grid (.com) - Rather than approaching the problem of what humans have done to the earth from a perspective of becoming independent from the power grid man has made, this site calls for sending a surge of energy through prayer/meditation and other such expressions to the earth for renewal on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at 11:11 Greenich Mean Time.
  • PG&E Demonstrates Vehicle-to-Grid Technology - Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology allows for the bi-directional sharing of electricity between Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs), and the electric power grid. The technology turns each vehicle into a power storage system, increasing power reliability and the amount of renewable energy available to the grid during peak power usage. (Green Car Congress; Apr. 9, 2007)
  • Lessons from the Grid - The centralized power grid model is essentially resistant to change. Fully de-centralized power generation has its own drawbacks. Author argues for an integrated model of power production and distribution. (NewMediaExplorer; Feb. 7, 2007)


  • Assessment of Integration of Wind into Utility Power Systems - The Utility Wind Integration Group report says "we don't see any fundamental technical barriers at the present time to wind penetrations of up to 20 percent of system peak demand, which is far beyond where we are today." (BusinessWire; May 22, 2006)
  • Making the Power Grid Smarter - Gridwise is networking home appliances and thermostats to electricity grids, lowering utility costs and electricity loads. (MIT Technology Review; May 12, 2006)


  • Downsides to Power Grid as Internet - Daniel Jackson editorial cites concerns about interference, eavesdropping. (PESN; August 19, 2005) (See also related story and discussion at Slashdot)
  • Electrifying Internet Access - A broadband connection could be as close as — and in — your wall outlet. Several communities are trying Broadband over Power Lines, which could some day be an alternative to cable and DSL. (CBS; Aug. 15, 2005)
  • The Case for Decentralized Generation of Electricity - Decentralized generation could save $5 trillion in a capital investment, reduce power costs by 40 percent, reduce vulnerabilities, and cut greenhouse gas emissions in half. (Skeptical Inquirer, Volume 29; Issue 1; excerpt from ZPEnergy; Jan. 7, 2005)


  • Ill-fated squirrel leaves thousands without electricity - It might sound a little nutty, but the sudden loss of electricity to 13,000 customers on a sweltering day was caused by a squirrel that got into a substation, shorting out circuits. (Brockton Enterprise, Massachusetts; Sept. 1, 2004) [This kind of thing happens all the time. Reported here as a sampling.]
  • Pylon Ambient Energy Lights Fluorescent Bulbs - Hundreds in UK flock each night to see artistic display of 1300 fluorescent bulbs lit by overhead high-power lines. Lights ebb as a person walks near them. Tubes give a shock when held while jumping off the ground. (PESN; March 6, 2004)

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