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Posted By: Aladdine Joroff , Kate Konschnik
On: February 4, 2016
I.          Introduction The Clean Power Plan (CPP) establishes carbon dioxide (CO2) performance targets for existing electric generating units (EGUs, or power plants) and requires states to submit plans for implementing these targets.1   The CPP encourages states to consider cooperative compliance options, ranging from limited trading of emission credits between  more...
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Posted By: Rick Barnett - Consultant, Green Builder
On: January 21, 2016
The 1980 USDOE report (DOE/PE-0020), “Low Energy Futures for the United States” painted a cheery picture, where “efficiency improvements provide primary fuel savings that more than offset the growth in the demand for energy services” (page 20). To move toward this energy-balanced future, efficiency programs were established across the US.  more...
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Posted By: Burak Omer Saracoglu, PhD.
On: January 7, 2016
Personal attempts to develop an executive support system in the private renewable power plant investments field mature as a whole new research, development, deployment and demonstration (RD3) program idea. Almost 5 years ago the first premature idea flashed the intention to work in the private renewable power plant investments. The  more...
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Posted By: Navneet Trivedi - Executive Director & Co-Founder, Vrinda Inc.
On: January 1, 2016
Treating customers as colorblind is creating financial viability challenges for utilities, growth uncertainty for renewable developers and regulatory & policy challenges for utility sector which refuses to recognize colors of electricity! Even before solar reached 1% of total installed capacity, we heard utilities are restricting solar sighting nature of solar  more...
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Posted By: Erdal Kara , Carlos A. Romero
On: December 30, 2015
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Clean Power Plan Rule (CPPR) to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants on August 3, 2015.  The CPPR requires the current power fleet to cut CO2 emissions 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. The final ruling expects power generation  more...
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Posted By: Stephen M. Soble - Chairman & CEO, Assured Enterprises, Inc..
On: December 21, 2015
For nearly 100 years the electric grid protected itself from catastrophic malicious attack by a combination of perimeter security, intelligent security procedures and the industry’s own, hardened electromechanical infrastructure.  Then came the Digital Age.  Skilled software coders and programmers now work to enhance functionality within and communication between turbines, boilers,  more...
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Posted By: Letha Tawney
On: December 10, 2015
Co-authored by Anna Karmazina, a Master's student at Oregon State University studying social and energy policy Electricity customers stand to benefit when utilities and large buyers who want more renewable energy work together to lock in lower rates. More and more, utilities are seeing their corporate customers make public commitments  more...
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Posted By: Joshua Smith - Substation Group Director, RRC Power and Energy LLC
On: November 18, 2015
We live in the era of an aging workforce and aging assets. These two make for a dangerous combination. Highly experienced people are leaving the workforce and taking with them the institutional knowledge that helps keep the aging assets online. Specialized forecasting skills were not needed to predict this, we  more...
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Posted By: Charles Y. Chen, PhD - Chief Strategy Officer, Energetics Incorporated
On: August 19, 2015
When our lights go off, we blame the weather. Oftentimes, weather is the cause of a power outage. It could have been a severe storm (like the derecho from 2012), a hurricane (Katrina and Irene, among others), or a heat wave. While weather continues to be a cause of grid  more...
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Posted By: Keith Norton - Training manager with ACRT Urban Forestry Training, ACRT, Inc.
On: August 3, 2015
The tree care industry is quickly approaching the 50th anniversary of one of its foundational moments. It was a moment that caused us to look inward, and to move forward with a driving and uncompromising focus on safety. Today, this might sound old hat. But it’s important to remember that  more...
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