For too long now, consumer-owned electric utilities in the East have been forced to lie in the Procrustean bed of mandatory capacity markets operated by the Eastern regional transmission organizations - PJM, ISO New England, and the New York ISO.
With all the variables in play, it becomes imperative to devise a better way to manage pricing structures. One solution to this problem would be to strike a balance between customization and the price that a utility supplier must be able to protect itself against.
President Obama will travel to Alaska on Monday to call for urgent and aggressive action to tackle climate change, capitalizing on a poignant tableau of melting glaciers, crumbling permafrost and rising sea levels to illustrate the immediacy of an issue he hopes to make a central element of his legacy.
Staff members for the state Public Utilities Commission -- the body tasked with approving or denying Boulder's controversial plan to acquire Xcel Energy's local assets in order to operate a municipal electric utility -- sided against the city Friday in recommending the dismissal of what they called an "incomplete application."
The role of natural gas for electricity generation is expanding, as utilities take advantage of the low cost and lower emissions of natural gas, as well as the ability of natural-gas-based systems to provide on-demand power during periods of peak consumption.
Attorneys representing several Los Angeles residents who sued the Department of Water and Power over the disastrous rollout of its new billing system are balking at a proposed settlement that the utility reached in a separate lawsuit over inflated and erroneous bills, calling it "half-baked."
Early adopters of rooftop solar and electric cars are finding a new obsession in energy storage as the first generation of consumer-friendly batteries capable of supporting household circuits comes to market.