The legal review of the Regulatory Roadmap flowcharts and supporting content is well underway and will continue for the next several months with our legal team at [www.bhfs.com Brownstein Hyatt Farber and Schreck]. The BHFS has been meeting with the NREL roadmap team during weekly 2-3 hour meetings to provide comments and suggestions on each flowchart at the federal and state levels. They have had some fantastic recommendations for updates - particularly for Sections 7 and 8 of the roadmap, pertaining to the permitting of power plants and transmission lines. Be sure to see the roadmap for updates!
Did you know that in the last month, 621 people in Bangalore, India spent 16 hours browsing OpenEI.org? Or that in the last year, 14,243 people found out about an energy app through the OpenEI apps browser?
See the latest aggregated statistics and activity on OpenEI on the OpenEI dashboard - a quick click from the front page. The data on this page is constantly being updated, and we expect to include additional types of statistics and links to new activity on OpenEI in the future.
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As Hurricane Sandy continues to track towards the coast of the Eastern United States, utility companies have been preparing for an imminent threat that could lead to a substantial and prolonged power outage for utility customers not only on the East Coast, but also as far west as Chicago and as far north as Canada.
The storm will feature Category 1 force winds, currently gusting up to 90 mph, lightning, rain, hail, possibly some tornados once the storm makes landfall, and even blizzard conditions in higher elevations of the Appalachians where 1-2 feet of snow is expected.
Sandy truly poses an unprecedented challenge for utility companies.
So here is a Twitter round-up of some of the news utility companies are putting out:
PPL Electric (Central and Eastern PA):
Customers who lose power are asked to report their outage athttp:// bit.ly/SVRNrr if you have mobile device or 1-800-342-577
Novec (Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative):
News Release: NOVEC is restoring power as outages occur http://ow.ly/eRzvw
BGE (Baltimore Gas & Electric):
BGE aggressively working to restore electric service when safe http://ow.ly/eRwTi
Please check our outage map for updates: http://bit.ly/TiSQQp
Read the latest blog post on restoring power: http://bit.ly/yV0dLt
PJM Interconnection (13 Eastern United States, and D.C.):
As of 1:30 pm electric customer outages totaled 80,400 in the Mid-Atlantic and Virginia regions
JCP&L Has 1,400 Linemen and 1,200 Forestry Crews Strategically Located for Expected Work to Restore Power to Customers http://ow.ly/eQVoP
While the storm is expected to be most intense from tonight through tuesday morning, the weather conditions can still change rapidly. Utility companies are making a concerted effort to keep people abreast of any outages and changing weather conditions via twitter.
If you want to keep track of what eastern U.S. utilities are doing, find out how to report an outage, or get access to any other utility information, you can follow OpenEI's twitter list of Utilities.
We have just updated Semantic Forms on OpenEI to version 2.4 to enable some upgrades to the utility rate forms (thanks Teresa!). If you see any problems in forms you use on OpenEI, please notify us by commenting on this blog entry or emailing us from the contact link on the OpenEI frontpage. We are looking forward to upgrading all of our Mediawiki and Semantic Mediawiki software as time allows for testing and going through the upgrade process. To see the versions of our wiki software, check out this page.
Last week, Green Button was once again making news, this time at NREL.
A full-length article about how utility companies are using Green Button standards set by the Department of Energy, NREL, and the White House to give consumers the ability to easily access and share their personal energy data.
Read the full article here: New Tool Makes Saving Electricity Easier
Also, the standards committees that are working on finalizing Green Button V2, or "Link My Data", and a formal Green Button certification process, are meeting October 22-26 in New Orleans.
The meetings are public and community participation and input are encouraged.
Here is the link to the conference: Advancing Interoperability for the Utility Enterprise and Systems