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U.S. power grid needs to focus on resilience as extreme weather events rise- NERC

U.S. power grid needs to focus on resilience as extreme weather events rise- NERC

July 20 (Reuters) – The North American Electric Reliability Corp (NERC) on Wednesday said key entities of the U.S. power grid network were working to improve resilience of the power grid network as climate change drives more extreme weather.

The NERC’s “2022 State of Reliability” report said efforts were being made to improve the linkage between outages and weather by the Enterprise Electric Reliability Organization (ERO).

The ERO is made up of the NERC and six regional power entities.

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The U.S. power grid network is also implementing corrective action to avoid a repeat of widespread outages due to a cold snap last year.

“The February cold weather event demonstrated that a significant portion of the generation fleet in the impacted areas was unable to supply electrical energy during extreme cold weather,” the NERC’s report said.

These actions, based on recommendations by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and NERC among others, would also help to develop standards for longer term grid planning, the NERC said.

The report also highlighted the growing risks from the inter-dependency of electricity and the natural gas industries, which has threatened the reliability of the Bulk Electric System in the past few years. The Bulk Electric System refers to the facilities needed to operate the electric energy transmission network, excluding local distribution.

Natural gas generators are now needed for the reliable integration of renewable power until new storage technology is fully developed and implemented at scale, the NERC said.

“At the same time, reliable electric power supply is often required to ensure uninterrupted delivery of natural gas to these balancing resources, particularly in areas where penetration levels of renewable generation resources are highest.”

The NERC report also flagged risks from geopolitical events, while “increasingly bold cyber criminals and hacktivists presented serious challenges to the reliability” of the bulk electric system.

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Reporting by Rahul Paswan in Bengaluru. Editing by Jane Merriman

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Harnessing the power of artificial intelligence

Harnessing the power of artificial intelligence

On an early visit to the University of South Carolina, Amit Sheth was surprised when
10 deans showed up for a meeting with him about artificial intelligence. 

Sheth — the incoming director of the university’s Artificial Intelligence Institute
at the time — thought he would need to sell the deans on the idea. Instead, it was
them pitching the importance of artificial intelligence to him.

“All of them were telling me why they are interested in AI, rather than me telling
them why they should be interested in AI,” Sheth said in a 2020 interview with the
university’s Breakthrough research magazine. “The awareness of AI was already there and the desire to incorporate
AI into the activities that their faculty and students do was already on the campus.”

Since the university announced the institute in 2019, that interest has only grown.
There are now dozens of researchers throughout campus exploring how artificial intelligence
and machine learning can be used to advance fields from health care and education
to manufacturing and transportation. On Oct. 6, faculty will gather at the Darla Moore
School of Business for a panel discussion on artificial intelligence led by Julius Fridriksson, vice president for research.

South Carolina’s efforts stand out in several ways: the collaborative nature of research,
which involves researchers from many different colleges and schools; a commitment
to harnessing the power of AI in an ethical way; and the university’s commitment to
projects that will have a direct, real-world impact.

This week, as the Southeastern Conference marks AI in the SEC Day, we look at some
of the remarkable efforts of South Carolina researchers in the area of artificial

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Noons for Now: Regime of Obstruction: The Economic, Political, and Cultural Power of Fossil Capital in Canada with William Carroll – Events Calendar

Noons for Now: Regime of Obstruction: The Economic, Political, and Cultural Power of Fossil Capital in Canada with William Carroll - Events Calendar

Noons for Now is a weekly Teach-In to discuss climate change related issues.
It is evident that our climate system is in breakdown, caused largely by the burning of fossil fuels. This presentation considers the role that large corporations and their political and cultural allies have played in both generating the climate crisis and legitimizing continued burning of carbon. From this angle, the solution to the climate crisis obliges us to confront corporate power and to move toward energy democracy, transforming corporate power into energy systems that operate in the public interest.

William Carroll is a critical sociologist at the University of Victoria with research interests in the political economy/ecology of corporate capitalism, social movements and social change, and critical social theory and method. His current research is focused around the relationships between corporate power, fossil capitalism and the climate crisis.

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Spl events to mark BJP’s 8yrs in power – Times of India

Spl events to mark BJP’s 8yrs in power - Times of India

Varanasi: To make the nationwide events proposed by Bhartiya Janata Party to mark the completion of eight years of its government at centre, a grand success in PM Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency, party’s local unit has geared up preparations.

The series of events will commence from May 30 and continue till World Yoga Day on June 21.

BJP Kashi region unit media in-charge Navratan Rathi said that with the release of ‘Report to Nation- a booklet containing report card of the works done in 8-year regime of Modi government- by the PM and party chief JP Nadda in Delhi on Monday followed by its release at state level on May 31 and June 1 the series of events chalked out by the party would also start in Kashi region which also comprises Varanasi. The theme song of achievements of Modi government will also be launched, said Rathi.

The Kashi region unit president Mahesh Chand Srivastava said that with the same booklet and theme song the party workers will start morning processions, bike rallies, door-to-door campaigns and also public meetings in each district till June 15. Under ‘service, good governance, poor welfare campaign’, all the achievements of Modi government reach to directly to people, he said adding, in each poor-welfare public meeting the party will ensure participation of minimum 5,000 people while beneficiaries of the schemes of centre and state governments would also be felicitated during those public meetings.

The party will also hold booth connect drive from June 1 to 14, he said adding, under this event public representatives will camp at any booth of their area concerned for minimum 8 hours in a day to interact with cadres and people. They will also visit the places of martyrs while beneficiaries of government schemes would be given saplings for plantation. The lists of booths, where party’s performance had remained weak in parliamentary and assembly polls since 2014, had also been finalised and the public representatives would be camping there till July end to strengthen party’s position there, he added.

The party would also hold camps at public places on World Yoga Day, he said adding, apart from practicing Yoga the partymen will also make the people aware about the achievements of Modi government.

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Energy Capital & Power to Deliver a Series of Successful Events in 2022 – African Business

Energy Capital & Power
Energy Capital & Power

Despite the economic downturn brought about by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Africa’s leading investment platform for the energy sector, Energy Capital & Power (ECP) (, hosted a successful lineup of large-scale energy events across the continent in 2021, whereby $2.5 billion worth of deals were signed by event delegates. Against this backdrop, and with an exciting 2022 event lineup, ECP is poised to exceed this impressive figure, ushering in a new era of investment and development across Africa’s energy sector.

A Successful 2021

With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions across the continent paving the way for Africa’s event industry to kick off after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ECP served as an events organizer pioneer in 2021, organizing five large-scale energy events in five different countries across Africa as well as a successful conference that was held in Houston, Texas. With over 5,000 event attendees and an online audience of over 100,000, ECP’s world-class, investment-focused 2021 events were considered pivotal, providing a platform for regional and international stakeholders to connect with African energy leaders.

ECP kicked off its event calendar year with the fourth edition of South Sudan Oil & Power (SSOP), representing the company’s first post-COVID-19 event. During the conference, presentations and Ministerial keynote addresses made a strong case for investment in the east African nation, providing insight into sector-specific investment opportunities including solar, oil and gas exploration and infrastructure. Meanwhile, ECP also held two investment-centered events in Angola and Senegal. Firstly, an exclusive invite-only event in Angola, which connected the country’s public and private sector elite for a gala dinner and two-day conference, represented the official meeting place for the country’s oil industry and set the stage for sizable deals and partnerships for 2022. Following this event, ECP hosted the first-ever MSGBC Oil, Gas & Power conference and exhibition, representing the entire region from Mauritania to Guinea. Through case study analyses, comprehensive presentations and exclusive networking events, the event detailed regional investment opportunities with the aim of kickstarting energy growth in the MSGBC region.

Meanwhile, in north Africa, ECP organized Libya’s first international energy event in over a decade. The Libya Energy & Economic Summit 2021 invited regional and international delegations to participate in the reopening of the Libyan economy, while providing a platform for industry-advancing deals to be signed. The most noteworthy of these includes the multiple agreements signed by French oil major, TotalEnergies, which included two agreements with Libya’s Government of National Unity and the General Electric Company of Libya (GECOL), for the development of 500 MW of solar photovoltaic power in the north African country. In April 2022, TotalEnergies and GECOL representatives met to discuss the next steps regarding project commencement.

What’s more, with the aim of introducing American companies to African opportunities, ECP organized the U.S.-Africa Energy Forum, promoting greater investment in African energy and advancing U.S.-Africa partnerships and cooperation. The event followed an online seminar and networking event organized by ECP in July 2021 which centered around exploring diverse investment and export opportunities across Africa.

Towards a Strong 2022 Event Calendar

In 2022, ECP’s event lineup will be no different, with the strong lineup of industry-advancing events expected to bring in millions of dollars’ worth of investment deals for Africa’s energy sector. This year, ECP will be organizing three large-scale events: SSOP ( returns for its fifth edition in September (13-14) following MSGBC Oil, Gas & Power 2022 (1-2) (, with Angola Oil & Gas 2022 ( taking place from November 29 and 30 to December 1. As global economies undergo a dramatic shift and investment in African energy reopens, these events will be instrumental in securing the capital needed to drive Africa’s energy expansion. All three conferences have wide-spread government support, are sponsored by some of the world’s leading energy and finance companies, and have confirmed an array of energy experts, industry executives and global investors as speakers. This year’s events are even more concentrated around increasing investment in Africa and comprise the necessary panel discussions, engagement sessions and investor summits to do just that. In this regard, ECP is well positioned to meet its target of exceeding $2.5 billion in deals for 2022.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Energy Capital & Power.

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All have “personal responsibility” to confront systemic racism, Power of One event speakers agree

All have “personal responsibility” to confront systemic racism, Power of One event speakers agree

“What we’re dancing around today is that Red Deer is not as beautiful as everybody says it is, especially for people who are racialized. I was downtown when the confrontation happened in September 2020, just having coffee with a friend, and we watched it happen,” says Vanidour, who is of Mohawk ancestry, referring to a well-publicized confrontation between anti-racism organizers and counter-protesters.

“She, a Filipino, said she was scared and was going to leave. I said that I wasn’t going to let anyone run me off my land. We must be well aware of the fact that there are places not safe to walk or go as an Indigenous woman, for example. When you have that in your city, events like this are really important to be able to say ‘You know what, we’re not going to stand for it,’ not in this day and age when we all put our pants on the same way.”

An immigration and settlement counsellor at Catholic Social Services, it’s an honour for Vanidour to help newcomers comprehend colonialism and what Indigenous people have been through.

“If you’ve been here the last 30-40 years, you’re a newcomer and you have nothing to do with what happened before. Those folks are very sympathetic. One of the first things they say to me is, ‘We have land to go back to, but yours was taken from you, so why are you welcoming us?’ So we make sure people know how to live here and respect the land,” she says. “If a newcomer, or a regular Canadian, can understand why we do land acknowledgments, and why the land is so important, they’ll begin to understand our connection to North America, and then they can understand their personal responsibility in reconciliation because they’ve started to learn our stories.”

Vanidour surmises that the biggest thing holding people back from engaging in reconciliation is fear.

“Our pain is our own, but we can actually have you understand why we have that pain,” she says. “Many say ‘What do you want, why are you doing this,’ and all we want is for you to sit with us, help us through that pain, and figure out what our relationship is going to be.”

Darnel Forro, a six-year social work instructor at Red Deer Polytechnic, presented about Critical Race Theory (CRT), a concept he acknowledges is highly controversial, particularly in the United States. However, he says it’s only that way because people aren’t fully understanding of what it means.

Forro says CRT does not pertain to blaming one particular group, as it’s often accused of doing, but rather it allows for an explanation of how structural or systemic racism works.

While CRT is not embedded in the social work curriculum, Forro says the program does teach anti-oppressive methods in hopes that graduates will one day have the courage and capacity to better serve marginalized clients.

“Let’s look around us, right here in Red Deer. It is very common to see highly educated and qualified individuals doing menial jobs. We look at people immigrating from the developing world — people who are racialized, or who are considered to be people of colour, and they’re doing difficult jobs here like cleaning and serving coffee. These are people who have law degrees. That is inherently racist, and people like you and I benefit from that because we have our offices cleaned by them, and we buy that coffee every morning,” Forro explains.

“I wouldn’t say the hiring manager is racist because it’s not about them or their values; it’s actually the system that oppresses and exploits, and doesn’t acknowledge or recognize the amount of education and experience individuals have.”

On the flip side, adds Forro, the rest of society is negatively impacted because it is being deprived of those newcomers’ potential contributions in filling service gaps, such as in health care.

Barriers include not only the thought that Canadian education is superior, but the cost and time commitment it takes to prove one’s education is worthy.

“This system works against all of us. So what can we do to look at people’s credentials differently? What can we do to deconstruct and be critical of the unconscious bias we have that Canadian education is superior? On a personal level, we can critically reflect on why we have these biases, and why we think a person educated elsewhere is less qualified to do jobs we consider more important.”

Partnering organizations for CommUnity: The Power of One included Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Urban Aboriginal Voices Society, Red Deer Native Friendship Centre, Ubuntu-Mobilizing Central Alberta, The City of Red Deer, Red Deer Local Immigration Partnership, Hate to Hope, Red Deer Polytechnic, Royal Bank of Canada and Red Deer Public Library.

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United Power to host 4 events as board of directors election nears

United Power to host 4 events as board of directors election nears

United Power is hosting meet-the-candidate events this month for members to get to know the five people running for open positions on the board of directors.

The following members-only events are free and don’t require an RSVP:

  • 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 22 at the Coal Creek Canyon Community Center in Golden;
  • 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 28 at Riverdale Regional Park & Fairgrounds, Rendezvous Room in Brighton;
  • 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 30 at the Fort Lupton Recreation Center;
  • 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31 at United Power Carbon Valley Service Center in Longmont.

Candidates include Steven “Steve” Douglas, Naptali A. Lucks and Elizabeth “Beth” A. Martin in the East District; Keith Alquist in the South District; and Ursula J. Morgan in the West District, according to the cooperative’s news release.

Candidates running for directors are elected on an “at-large” basis and represent all members.

Members will receive a ballot in March, through the mail or electronically through their online accounts. All ballots must be received by April 12.

On April 13, those interested can attend the hybrid 2022 Annual Meeting online on United Power’s website or in person at the Riverdale Regional Park & Fairgrounds to learn the results of the election, according to the release.

Registration opens at 4:30 p.m., and balloting closes at the beginning of the official business meeting at 6:30 p.m.

To view the director profiles that will be published in the cooperative’s March-April newsletter go to