• How Utilities are Improving Outage Preparation
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    Insight Article | Apr 22, 2014 | Jeff Lewis
    The number of record-breaking storms since 2011, especially in the Northeast, has brought much attention to utilities and their ability to handle emergency response. As millions of Americans have been battling power outages and energy supply shortages due to this season's record low temperatures, consumers are wondering what the weather might bring next and if their local power company will be prepared.
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    Leonhard Birnbaum
    View from the Top | Apr 20, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
    European utilities are rethinking their business models as a result of a sharp drop in their revenue and asset values. Leonhard Birnbaum, a member of the board of management at E.On SE, offered the view from Germany.
  • Microgrids Introduce Issues for Utilities
    Insight Article | Apr 17, 2014 | Ralph Masiello
    Microgrids are gaining traction among large utility customers, and this is an exciting and fundamental advancement in the evolution toward smart grids. Companies have begun deploying microgrids to improve energy security, reduce energy costs and lower emissions and thanks to technology advancements, their deployments can be practical and economical.
  • Peak Coal
    Insight Article | Apr 15, 2014 | Ronald R. Cooke
    Comments about coal are usually not complimentary. Despite our dependence on it as a source of heat for electric power generation, environmentalists wish it would go away. On the other hand, advocates like to claim we have more than 110 years of coal left - "at present rates of consumption". Both sides are overlooking crucial points. Let's see if we can clarify the future use of coal as a fossil fuel resource.
  • Duke Energy's View of Generation and Transmission
    View from the Top | Apr 13, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
    Duke Energy is committed to maintaining a diverse portfolio of generation assets and adequate transmission as it prepares for the futures. Lynn Good, the company’s president and chief executive officer, discussed these nuts and bolts issues recently with EnergyBiz.
  • Best Practices in Demand Response
    Insight Article | Apr 10, 2014 | James Moore, Ph.D.
    One of the most effective and widely available ways to reduce electricity costs and consumption is participation in demand response programs; however, a large gap exists between interest levels and actual participation in such programs.

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