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Posted By: Terry Jarrett
On: April 23, 2015
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has been saying repeatedly that the EPA's Clean Power Plan to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants give states flexibility. "We're particularly interested in making sure states and utilities can achieve emissions reductions along a flexible glide path so that they can meet their targets," ... more...
Filed under: Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Management
Posted By: Stephen Heins
On: April 23, 2015
In the current Supreme Court case known as State of Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Michigan and 22 other states have sued the EPA over new regulations that were designed to further reduce the level of mercury, arsenic and acid gases emitted by power plants. That's almost 50 percent ... more...
Filed under: Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Management
Posted By: Dr. Henri Winand
On: April 22, 2015
We’ve spoken previously about the potential for fuel-cell growth in developing countries like India, and there’s no doubt that hydrogen fuel cells could lead those regions into a new future.  It’s not just developing regions overseas that can best benefit from an amplified fuel-cell economy, however. The time is ripe ... more...
Filed under: Energy Storage
Posted By: Mei Shibata
On: April 21, 2015
Over the past decade, customer engagement has become a buzzword among utilities. Customers want to know their energy use and want to be recommended ways to reduce use, they say. As a marketer and energy entrepreneur, I wholeheartedly agree that customers must be engaged. However, as an energy consumer, the ... more...
Filed under: Billing & Customer Care
Posted By: Kevin Herring
On: April 20, 2015
When one of my sons was in college, he wanted to be a student assistant to one of his professors. I asked him why he didn't look into it. He said that even though he had been a top student in the professor's class, he hadn't taken enough classes to ... more...
Filed under: Human Resourcess
Posted By: Ronald Willoughby
On: April 17, 2015
The term “Automation (A)” was introduced in the 1970s as a way to describe the use of advanced controls and communication technologies to improve power system performance and reduce operating costs.  Its popularity grew, leading to steady, methodical, and systematic advancements that continue to this day.      Automation can be ... more...
Filed under: Grid Operations
Posted By: Ryan Franks
On: April 16, 2015
The revision cycle for the National Electrical Code® (or NEC for short) continues through its phases, similar to the changing seasons. While many readers may be familiar, a brief summary of the NEC could be necessary. The NEC is a model code that is formally known as NFPA 70, and ... more...
Filed under: Energy Storage
Posted By: Puneet Gupta
On: April 15, 2015
In the utility industry, customers expect – actually they demand - uninterrupted service and perfect product delivery. The threshold of tolerance for “mistakes” or slow response is low; the audience is vocal, digitally savvy and socially empowered; and there are government and regulatory eyes watching at all times. Layer in ... more...
Filed under: Information Technology
Posted By: Davis Swan
On: April 14, 2015
I haven't posted anything to the Black Swan Blog for 8 months. One reason is that I have had a few other projects that have really monopolized my time.  But the other reason is that I usually write blog posts in response to something that interests me in the world ... more...
Filed under: Wind
Posted By: John Cameron
On: April 13, 2015
Mobile technology is redefining the workday. Field techs increasingly leverage mobile devices for tasks that previously required time-intensive phone calls and paperwork. Today this technology is helping to streamline workflow by mitigating daily challenges that used to derail even the best laid plans. In a recent Aberdeen study, 82 percent ... more...
Filed under: Grid Operations

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