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Reliability Means Being Connected: We Need a Strong Integrated Electricity System with Nuclear Generation

July 3, 2015 by Milton Caplan
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Nuclear and Energy Reliability

Our economy is completely dependent upon the availability of reliable, clean and economic electricity. So while we may dream of not needing the grid as we each generate our own electricity, what we really need is a strong, interconnected grid made up of reliable economic nuclear power as its work horse.[read more]

Winners and Losers from Flattening Tiered Electricity Prices

July 1, 2015 by Severin Borenstein
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Winners and Losers

The California Public Utilities Commission is moving closer to major changes in the steeply increasing-block residential electricity rates that the state has had since the 2000-01 California electricity crisis. This Friday the Commissioners may decide to significantly flatten the tiered rate structure.[read more]

How Should Distributed Generation be Distributed?

June 23, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie

Distributed Generation Planning

In the U.S., residential solar PV installations last quarter were up 11% over the previous quarter: In those states where residential solar is taking hold, there are mounting concerns that rate structures currently in place to support residential PV will result in adopters bearing less than their fair share of system costs.[read more]

Laudato Si: The Moral Case for Energy Efficiency

June 22, 2015 by James Greenberger

Pope Francis and Climate Change/shutterstock

Last week Pope Francis issued a sweeping new encyclical on the environment entitled “Laudato Si”. The encyclical runs 184-pages and covers a range of issues. Most noteworthy is its endorsement of the proposition that climate change is real and caused primarily by human activity.[read more]

The Grid is Getting Smarter, but are Customers Keeping Up?

June 22, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Smart Grid Adoption Delays?

Price signals are the key to altering actual customer behavior with regard to energy consumption, but something as simple as a smart meter alone may not be enough to advance many of the lofty goals promised by the smart grid or microgrids.[read more]

Enhancing the Role of Fuel Cells for Northeast Grid Resiliency

June 18, 2015 by Morry Markowitz
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Severe weather over the last few years demonstrate that our aging infrastructure is increasingly vulnerable to outages and other disruptions. Intense storms, such as Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene, debilitated sections of the eastern seaboard and left many communities without power for extended periods of time.[read more]

The First Energy Revolution: Tesla Energy Changes Everything

June 17, 2015 by Ken Trough
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Has Tesla Changed the Energy Industry

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk recently introduced Tesla Energy, a suite of stationary battery products designed to help wean the world off fossil fuels. While a battery introduction may not seem like a world-changing event to many, it actually heralds the beginning of the First Energy Revolution.[read more]

Is the U.S. Investing Enough in Electricity Grid Reliability?

June 16, 2015 by Catherine Wolfram
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The Grid and the Risk of Squirrels

We had a 2-hour power outage at our house last week, together with 45,000 other customers in the East Bay. The lights flickered off just after 8PM and didn’t come back on until after 10PM. Nothing like going without something that you take for granted to make you realize just how valuable it is.[read more]

Smart Grid for Good: How the Texas PUC is Putting Money Back into the Pockets of Texans

June 16, 2015 by Wannie Park

Texas has a legacy of pioneering smart grid initiatives. Since 2007, Texas has installed over seven million smart meters, an achievement that helped it rank first on GridWise Alliance’s “2013 Grid Modernization Index, "tied with California, a state also thought of for its forward-thinking energy policy.[read more]

What's a Bigger Business in Florida: Clean Energy or Ag Exports?

June 15, 2015 by Jim Pierobon
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Florida Energy and State Economics

If one were to ask what industry in Florida harbors the strongest growth prospects, it might be difficult to look beyond the state's bountiful agricultural products. But energy users and policymakers in the Sunshine State, led by Governor Rick Scott, should wake up to how fast clean energy is growing there.[read more]

The Energy Gang: New York Energy Czar on Philosophy Behind State's Energy Transformation [PODCAST]

June 15, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Richard Kauffman has a lot of responsibilities as New York's "energy czar." He oversees multiple agencies and utilities, advises the governor on energy issues, and works closely with regulators in their attempt to build a new electricity market based on distributed resources.[read more]

Is Germany Outsourcing Its Future Energy Security?

June 15, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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German Energy Planning

German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel recently touted another step towards enhancing EU energy security via regional cooperation. The Minister and 11 of his colleagues from neighboring countries signed a declaration to ensure the supply of electricity among those countries.[read more]

Our Clean Energy Future: Batteries (Maybe) Included

June 9, 2015 by Curtis Seymour
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America’s electricity system is transforming, driven by new, clean technologies—batteries not included. Depending on how the portfolio of clean energy is deployed, it may be a long time before we actually need batteries to achieve a low-carbon electricity system. The jury is still out on the topic.[read more]

Wants Versus Needs: The Struggle to Realize New York's Energy Vision

May 27, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

In 2009, National Grid chose ABB for a SCADA/EMS system that would allow for more modern and integrated visibility into its electric transmission and distribution networks in Massachusetts and New York. Earlier this year, the system went into service.[read more]

The Connected Home: Reaching Critical Mass for the Grid?

May 22, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Home Automation and Energy Savings

After a decade or more of false starts and unrealistic expectations, “connected home” technology is finally gaining enough market share for vendors to start bragging about the numbers.[read more]