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Modern Grid Improvements Drawing Billions of Dollars

Modern Grid Improvements Drawing Billions of Dollars

In the utility industry, the ongoing pursuit of greater efficiency and reliability drives many large-scale capital improvements. From new computer modeling to upgrading building materials to maximize efficiency, utilities and operators around the state are focusing on ways to modernize the grid.
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Improvements to Grid Include Advancing Cyber Security

In addition to grid improvements, the energy industry in Arkansas is also working together on advancements in cyber security, said Nick Brown, the CEO of Southwest Power Pool. In his opinion, cyber attacks present the most significant risk to the grid.
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Justices Rule Against EPA Power Plant Mercury Limits

The Supreme Court ruled Monday against the Obama administration's attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants, but it may only be a temporary setback for regulators.
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