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Posted By: Brooke Davies - General Counsel, Davies Consulting, Inc.
On: February 26, 2014
This winter, Mother Nature has had consumers, governments, utility line workers, system managers, and CEOs all planning for the worst:  an extended power outage.  For the most part, utilities have been and are prepared to respond quickly and effectively to weather outage incidents, even where those incidents happen with little  more...
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Posted By: Matthew Cohen - Energy Practice Leader, Direct Recruiters, Inc.
On: January 16, 2014
Matthew Cohen Interviews Dennis Quinn of Joule Assets and Richard Huntley of Retroficiency Dennis Quinn, COO, Joule Assets, Inc. In a recent Joule Assets press release, it was stated that the small to midsize EE market is going through a transformation thanks to financing vehicles. Can you elaborate on this?  more...
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Posted By: Davis Swan - President, Debarel Systems Ltd.
On: January 14, 2014
Most supporters of renewable energy development are probably pretty comfortable with the way things are going.  Wind and Solar generation has been increasing both in "nameplate capacity" and in actual production of electricity.  There have not been any significant grid failures that can be blamed on renewables.  Apart from a  more...
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Posted By: Davis Swan - President, Debarel Systems Ltd.
On: December 2, 2013
It was in May of 1961 that President John F. Kennedy declared that the United States would do the things required to land a man on the moon before the decade was out "not because they are easy but because they are hard".  Twenty months later a contract to design  more...
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Posted By: Kimberly Klemm
On: November 12, 2013
Analysis of the cost benefit of distribution generation for renewable energy leads to the conclusion that short-term return on investment is low and long-term investment shows profitable returns if development capital is produced.  Renewable energy sources include: wind; hydro/tidal power; solar; geothermal and biomass and biogas energies. Combining renewable energy  more...
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Posted By: Steve Sotwick - VP, Business Development, Oniqua MRO Analytics
On: October 30, 2013
Earlier this year, I participated in a roundtable discussion on inventory optimization at the Platts Utility Supply Chain Management Conference, in which some of North America’s largest utility companies participated. The conference focused on improving service levels while reducing costs – a common theme the past few years as a  more...
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Posted By: David O'Brien - Director of Regulatory Strategy & Compliance, BRIDGE Energy Group Inc.
On: September 16, 2013
"Safe, reliable service" - that is the North Star by which utilities navigate. It is found in state utility statutes around the country. It is an important measuring stick for regulators to assess utility performance. In some jurisdictions the term is "safe and adequate". Adequate... ponder that for a moment.  more...
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Posted By: Kristopher Settle
On: July 25, 2013
Looking to be a little cooler this summer?  Buying an electric fan or an air conditioning unit is effective, but that’s hardly the only way to maintain the temperature in the home, at the office or elsewhere. Some methods don’t even require any electricity.  The concept of a ‘cool roof’  more...
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Posted By: Jerry Watson - Maintenance Manager, Jerry Watson
On: January 8, 2013
Time of Use (TOU) pricing is considered by many to create fair and equitable method to tie capacity and energy charges to customer usage, others contend the answer is real time dynamic pricing. The argument for these is relatively simple, high prices during higher demand will reward those reducing capacity  more...
Posted By: Jerry Watson - Maintenance Manager, Jerry Watson
On: November 15, 2012
It is under-appreciated that the driver of real time price volatility is capacity not energy. The current outcry for, energy only, real time pricing is another simplistic and on its own will not work long term. Dynamic pricing is an energy only strategy with only indirect ties to capacities value  more...

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