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WILLIAMSTOWN, N.J.—COPS Monitoring, the largest provider of wholesale professional alarm monitoring services in North America, announced that it has taken all necessary steps to prove its good faith effort to achieve compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).  By doing so, COPS has earned Seal of Compliance, a distinction issued only to organizations that have implemented an effective HIPAA compliance program through the use of Compliancy Group’s exclusive program, The Guard.By completing Compliancy Group’s Implementation Program, COPS Monitoring has demonstrated its adherence to the meticulous regulatory standards outlined in the HIPAA Privacy Rule, Security Rule, Breach Notification Rule, Omnibus Rule, and HITECH.  Through the use of The Guard, COPS Monitoring can manage its continued compliance.HIPAA is comprised of a set of regulatory standards governing the security, privacy, and integrity of sensitive healthcare data called protected health information (PHI). PHI is any individually identifiable healthcare-related information. If vendors who service healthcare clients come into contact with PHI in any way, those vendors must be HIPAA compliant.”We have a profound respect for what it means to be a professional monitoring provider of millions of homes and businesses,” explained COPS Monitoring’s president Jim McMullen. “Our dealers and customers place a tremendous amount of trust in us; not only for their physical security and wellbeing, but also to keep their data and personal information safe.  In addition to protecting their data with state-of-the-art technology, we believe the independent verification of our HIPAA compliance is another step in the right direction to guarding our dealer and customer, and a valuable addition to our SOC 2 attestation.”Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Williamstown, NJ, COPS Monitoring (a Lydia Security Monitoring brand) is the largest provider of professional monitoring services in the United States. Its award-winning network of central stations with locations in New Jersey, Florida, Arizona, Tennessee, Texas, and Maryland, is trusted by 3,500 independent alarm dealers to safeguard more than 3.3 million homes and businesses in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. COPS is UL listed, FM approved, IQ certified, TMA Five Diamond certified, and has been named Central Station of the Year by The Monitoring Association. For more information about COPS Monitoring, visit copsmonitoring.com.

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Get ready for some power generation capacity coming online this year – and most of it will be renewable energy.

The latest inventory by the federal Energy Information Administration indicates that about 39.7 GW of new generation is expected to start commercial operation in 2021. Solar and wind energy will account for about 70 percent of that (39 and 31 percent, respectively), while three percent will be introduced from the new Unit 3 nuclear reactor at the Vogtle plant in Georgia.

Here is the breakdown of expected, newly operational electricity generation this year. The EIA forecasts that:

Solar photovoltaics. Developers and plant owners expect the addition of utility-scale solar capacity to set a new record by adding 15.4 GW of capacity to the grid in 2021. This new capacity will surpass last year’s nearly 12 GW increase, based on reported additions through October (6.0 GW) and scheduled additions for the last two months of 2020 (5.7 GW).

More than half of the new utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity is planned for four states: Texas (28%), Nevada (9%), California (9%), and North Carolina (7%). EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook forecasts an additional 4.1 GW of small-scale solar PV capacity to enter service by the end of 2021.

Wind. Another 12.2 GW of wind capacity is scheduled to come online in 2021. Last year, 21 GW of wind came online, based on reported additions through October (6.0 GW) and planned additions in November and December (14.9 GW). Texas and Oklahoma account for more than half of the 2021 wind capacity additions. The largest wind project coming online in 2021 will be the 999-MW Traverse wind farm in Oklahoma. The 12-MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project, located 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, is also scheduled to start commercial operation in early 2021.

Natural gas. For 2021, planned natural gas capacity additions are reported at 6.6 GW. Combined-cycle generators account for 3.9 GW, and combustion-turbine generators account for 2.6 GW. More than 70% of these planned additions are in Texas, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

Battery storage. EIA expects the capacity of utility-scale battery storage to more than quadruple; 4.3 GW of battery power capacity additions are slated to come online by the end of 2021. The rapid growth of renewables, such as wind and solar, is a major driver in the expansion of battery capacity because battery storage is increasely paired with nearby renewable energy assets.

The world’s largest solar-powered battery (409 MW) is under construction at Manatee Solar Energy Center in Florida; the battery is scheduled to be operational by late 2021.

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LAS VEGAS—Digital Guard Force (DGF), a remote guarding solutions provider, announced its new partnership with Reliance Security, a veteran-founded security leader, for the Las Vegas market.The partnership will enable real estate owners, business operators, and property managers in the Las Vegas area to augment their security eco-system and save on operating expenses.DGF’s remote guarding system combines high-tech security hardware, computer vision (AI) software, and remote guards to protect multifamily and commercial real estate properties nationwide. Clients benefit from an eco-system designed by a security expert that combines the hardware, software, and human elements to enhance security. The technology allows for significant cost savings versus the cost of on-site guards only.“We’re excited to be working with Joel and his team at Reliance Security in the Las Vegas market,” Digital Guard Force CEO Donal Warde said in the announcement. “The partnership allows clients to benefit from Reliance’s extensive local knowledge and DGF’s security technology solutions. It’s a win-win. Eco-systems are customized based on the unique needs of each property.”Serving the Las Vegas community since 2004, Reliance offers cutting-edge security services for individuals, businesses, properties and events in Las Vegas and select markets in Nevada. Clients include high-profile hotels and resorts on the Las Vegas Strip, gated communities, apartments, HOAs, condominiums, commercial buildings, retail stores, construction sites, government buildings, healthcare facilities, and more.“The DGF partnership takes our service offerings to the next level, allowing clients to benefit from the latest advances in technology, which will enhance the security effectiveness for clients. This solution is really for any type of business or property that’s wanting security and facing any kind of budget constraint,” added Reliance Security CEO Joel Logan.Remote guarding is an ideal solution for properties that want security, but have limited resources. It’s also beneficial for large properties with complex security needs.“For instance, large casinos might be looking to scale back its on-site guards. This would allow them to still maintain a high level of security, but have it managed remotely from a secure location,” shared Warde.Many properties have also experienced budget pressures due to COVID.Logan continued, “We’re seeing a challenging combination of budget constraints and increased security needs from some of our clients. The new partnership will allow us to broaden the scope of solutions we offer in a cost-effective manner.”

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SALT LAKE CITY—Security industry business management software company, AlarmHive, announced a new partnership with INVISUS, a cybersecurity and identity theft protection company located in American Fork, Utah.This partnership enables alarm dealers to package cybersecurity and identity theft protection when selling alarm systems, adding significant value to the customer, and providing the dealer with an opportunity to increase RMR from both new and existing customers.“AlarmHive wants to provide increasing value to everyone with whom we come into contact with,” AlarmHive Co-Founder Richard Brimhall said in the announcement. “Helping alarm dealers add cybersecurity and identity theft protection helps us increase the value for our customers and their end-users. The end-user receives protection for their digital life, as well as their physical life, and the dealer increases their recurring monthly revenue (RMR) by providing such protection to their customers. We certainly feel that this partnership helps us meet our purpose.””The demand for a new layer of protection within the alarm industry has skyrocketed,” reported Todd Williams, VP Channel Marketing and Partner Sales with INVISUS. “We are thrilled to be able to offer Home Cyber Protection directly through AlarmHive software. We are obviously thrilled to partner with an innovative organization like AlarmHive and see this as an incredible opportunity for us.”Since 2001, INVISUS has been a pioneer in protection and risk management for the digital age for both businesses and consumers. The company’s mission is to develop and provide innovative, simple and affordable cybersecurity solutions that enable both businesses and consumers to proactively defend against cybercrime, identity fraud and other growing threats to their privacy, security and financial future. The company is based in Utah and has customers throughout North America and abroad.

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The U.S. Department of Energy has selected John Hairston as administrator and CEO of the Bonneville Power Administration, the federal agency providing electricity in the Pacific Northwest. The appointment became effective Thursday.

“John has made a lasting and significant impact on the Bonneville Power Administration over the past 29 years, and I am proud to announce him as the new Administrator,” said Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette. “BPA is an important provider of reliable, renewable hydroelectric and clean nuclear power to the Pacific Northwest, and John’s commitment to serve BPA will support the Department’s critical energy mission.”

Hairston has served as acting administrator and CEO since September 2020, following Elliot Mainzer’s departure after seven years in the agency’s top role.

“I am truly honored and humbled by the opportunity to lead Bonneville during this dynamic time, when we are not only challenged to meet the pressing needs of our customers but must also position BPA to be their long-term provider of choice for low-cost, reliable and responsible carbon-free power,” said Hairston. “I will continue to work closely with BPA’s utility customers, federal partners, state and local elected officials, tribal leaders and other stakeholders in the region to ensure the federal power system continues to meet a diverse set of needs and purposes as we address the energy and environmental challenges facing the Northwest.”

Hairston has served in numerous leadership roles throughout his 29 years at BPA, most recently as chief operating officer and chief administrative officer.

“I’m also grateful to work alongside so many highly skilled and dedicated BPA employees who are committed to Bonneville’s mission, which is so essential to the region’s economy, the quality of life for Northwest citizens and our clean energy future,” Hairston said.

Once officially sworn in, Hairston will become the 16th administrator in BPA’s 83-year history.

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