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Posted By: Rod Lenfest
On: September 4, 2015
As industry leaders and policymakers wrestle with the challenges related to modernizing New York State’s aging energy infrastructure, there is an emerging debate about the “need” for more capacity. The question itself misses two central points: (1) increased capacity is only one aspect of the state’s multidimensional energy needs; and ... more...
Filed under: Business & Corporate
Posted By: Harry Valentine
On: September 3, 2015
A long-proven, water-driven pump technology offers possible application for low-cost pumped storage for small-scale decentralized (distributed) power generation involving small hydro installations where water storage capacity is restricted and where power is required only intermittently, such as during AM and PM peak periods. When a storage dam is located along ... more...
Filed under: Hydro
Posted By: John Egan
On: September 2, 2015
Electric utilities across the country are getting PR black eyes on rooftop solar and net metering. The Washington Post, The New York Times and countless local news organizations have run articles on this national trend of homeowners putting solar panels on their rooftops. The controversy arises over net metering: what ... more...
Filed under: Billing & Customer Care
Posted By: David L. Suter
On: September 1, 2015
A number of legal and industry publications have discussed the increase in patent litigation in the clean energy industry. This is hardly a surprise, as increased commercial potential has fueled increased R&D, and increased patent activity. A seemingly inevitable result is patent litigation, as companies either fight for market share ... more...
Filed under: Policy, Regulatory & Legal
Posted By: Michael Schwartz
On: August 31, 2015
Everyone is talking about Big Data these days: how to capture it; how to manage it; how to store it; and how to use it. Businesses that deal in physical commodities, such as oil and gas, are no exception. But what is interesting about managing commodities is that it has ... more...
Filed under: Fossil & Biomass
Posted By: Stephen Heins
On: August 28, 2015
Now that the EPA has issued its final regulations for its Clean Power Plan (CPP), all of the interested parties, in and out of government, are spending hours and hours and hours reading through the 1560 page document. If the final CPP weren't so long, one could say parse like ... more...
Filed under: Policy, Regulatory & Legal
Posted By: John Cray
On: August 27, 2015
Summer is ending, and with Fall and Winter around the corner, one can't help but think back to the winter of 2014. During the winter that just wouldn't seem to end, frigid temperatures kept blasting the country with record lows and mounting snowfalls. And as the utility bills racked up ... more...
Filed under: Billing & Customer Care
Posted By: Mia Papanicolaou
On: August 26, 2015
Florida municipal utility, the City of Tallahassee Utilities (CoT) customers are now enjoying the convenience of making payments directly from the body of emailed bill statements via Speedpay, a subsidiary of Western Union. "Those customers that have saved their payment details previously, can now pay without having to access their ... more...
Filed under: Billing & Customer Care
Posted By: Mark V. Burlingame, CPA
On: August 25, 2015
On August 10th, Hunt Consolidated, a group of junior creditors, investment firms and the Texas teachers’ pension fund (Hunt) reached an agreement with Energy Future Holdings (EFH) in bankruptcy court for its $19 billion bid for the Oncor piece of EFH. About 10 million people or about one third of ... more...
Filed under: Business & Corporate
Posted By: Shashi Dhungel
On: August 24, 2015
Electric utilities are facing an unprecedented challenge in their business model. Thanks to changing technologies and government regulations, the electric utility business model is ripe for a paradigm shift. Other public utility sectors like telecommunications have already made such transitions.  Technologies, and in particular information-based technologies like the Internet of ... more...
Filed under: Business & Corporate

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