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Posted By: Ferdinand E. Banks
On: October 2, 2014
This is a version of the keynote address I planned to give at the 2011 international conference of the International Association of Energy Economists (IAEE), and which took place that year in wonderful summer Stockholm. What happened though was that I was not invited to present any kind of address, ... more...
Filed under: Nuclear
Posted By: Wayne M. Kovach
On: October 1, 2014
I'd venture to say that many, if not most, things in life are not planned and happen beyond our control. Education, relationships, families, and vocation occupy the majority of our lives. Some plans work out, and some don't. That rule applies to me. I started my career as a graphic ... more...
Filed under: Demand Response
Posted By: Sarah Battaglia
On: September 30, 2014
It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  It’s a…drone! San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) became the first utility in the country to gain approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to test-drive drones.  The utility has been granted a Special Airworthiness Certificate that allows it to operate drones for research, ... more...
Posted By: Rick Barnett
On: September 29, 2014
The utility industry is confronted with a condition often called “disruptive challenges”. Introduced by the Edison Electric Institute’s 2013 report (“Disruptive Challenges: Financial Implications and Strategic Responses to a Changing Retail Electric Business”), stories about disruption are regularly found in utility news. An informative Energy Central post from Andres Carvallo ... more...
Filed under: Distributed & Cogeneration
Posted By: Thomas Yoder
On: September 26, 2014
Many people value outside-the-box thinking, especially for its ability to see a new pathway forward. If you find yourself lacking in innovation, try implementing a disciplined approach to analyzing the order of things. What was once hidden may now be seen. A house may become a device, and so too ... more...
Filed under: Energy Efficiency
Posted By: Devon Bass
On: September 25, 2014
For years Texas was producing more wind power than it could effectively put to use.   Between 2006 and 2009 over 7,000 megawatts of wind capacity was built in the state.  These turbines were almost entirely located in the windy plains of West Texas.  But most of the state’s population is ... more...
Filed under: Wind
Posted By: Joyce Tam
On: September 24, 2014
The pressures of running a fleet leave managers little time for strategic changes because they spend most of their workday reacting to the constant demands of tracking and maintaining field vehicles and keeping technicians on schedule. To make things as efficient as possible, managers have learned that they need to ... more...
Filed under: Grid Operations
Posted By: Sarah Battaglia
On: September 23, 2014
The evolution of the utility industry has been pretty stagnant over the last hundred years or so.  Power plants generate the electricity, it gets sent to your house through a network of wires and transformers, and the utility company sends you a bill every month.  Not much has changed, and ... more...
Filed under: Energy Efficiency
Posted By: Kevin Herring
On: September 22, 2014
Doubt can be a real show-stopper. When people doubt, they lack confidence, lose motivation, and often stop trying altogether. It shows up when managers give up on employees, employees doubt their managers and stop pushing themselves, and nothing remarkable gets done. Kevin doesn't have that problem. Kevin (no, not me) ... more...
Filed under: Human Resourcess
Posted By: Richard Ware
On: September 19, 2014
For those who have been watching the ongoing climate debate about global warming, the increasingly hot summer months are a poignant reminder of that phenomenon whenever the monthly power bill arrives in the mailbox. As the mercury edges towards the top of the thermostat, the cost of cooling your home ... more...
Filed under: Energy Efficiency

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