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Posted By: Ferdinand E. Banks
On: July 2, 2015
Berthold Brecht put it as follows: "If you don't know the truth, you are a fool, while if you know the truth but say that it is a lie, you are a villain." I seldom object to that kind of language, because I used it all the time when I ... more...
Filed under: Nuclear
Posted By: Corrie Bastian
On: July 1, 2015
Did you know that 8.5% of U.S. residents live in large multifamily buildings with 20 or more units? Despite the large number of U.S. households in multifamily buildings, energy efficiency is often overlooked in this sector. And it can be tricky to address, largely because multifamily building characteristics vary drastically ... more...
Filed under: Energy Efficiency
Posted By: Navneet Trivedi
On: June 30, 2015
Recently I attended a conference where, during roundtable discussions, one group summarized "We believe utilities should be like Apple's iTunesTM platform and should be pushed off the cliff to become a service provider!" It was not difficult to spot representatives from utilities in the room, as they all turned around ... more...
Filed under: Business & Corporate
Posted By: Keith Mitchell
On: June 29, 2015
Each month my wife and I have to pay the electric bill for our home. I was wondering why haven’t the residential building companies that build houses, apartments, townhouses, and condos all come to a general consensus, and decide to make all everything that they build solar powered?  I don’t ... more...
Filed under: Solar
Posted By: Charlie Hewitt
On: June 26, 2015
The goals of retail electric competition are a source of disagreement among legislators, utilities, competitive suppliers, and consumers.  Some parties believe that the only goal is to reduce costs to consumers while others believe that customer choice produces important ancillary benefits such as innovation and consumer engagement.  This leads to ... more...
Filed under: Risk & Operations
Posted By: Chuck Cordray
On: June 25, 2015
Utility companies, like many others, face challenges when it comes to digital billing. Utilities have had tremendous success in processing electronic payments from consumers and in some cases, electronic payments average more than 70% of all payments made to utilities. However, the industry has been challenged with a much lower ... more...
Filed under: Billing & Customer Care
Posted By: Harry Valentine
On: June 24, 2015
Despite opposition to nuclear power generation across much of Western Europe and also across the United States, other nations that include China, India, South Africa, Japan and several Middle Eastern nations are actively planning for future nuclear power generation. India and China have access to the ores that contain thorium ... more...
Filed under: Energy Storage
Posted By: Areg Bagdasarian
On: June 23, 2015
Many of us have looked longingly and probably with a hint of envy, at the annual lists of the most livable cities in America and the world. Places like Austin, TX, Charlotte, NC, Vienna, Zurich, Vancouver and Munich regularly make the cut.  Consultancies like Mercer have sliced and diced the ... more...
Filed under: Information Technology
Posted By: Naseem Javed
On: June 22, 2015
After a $60 billion rip-off, the disgraced energy giant Enron sheds its old image of EnWRONG to Prisma. After paying $665 million in legal fees, the company is restructured under the name identity of Prisma while some of its executives walk to prison. Prisma is on a short leash, with ... more...
Filed under: Business & Corporate
Posted By: Devon Bass
On: June 19, 2015
In a state long-associated with oil ("Texas tea") and conservative politics, you would think renewables would have a hard time getting a toehold. Just last year, in fact, Donna Nelson, the conservative chairwoman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, called for an end to subsidies for wind power, asserting ... more...
Filed under: Wind

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