Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Mar 02, 2011 | Ken Silverstein

     

    When it comes to integrating wind into the transmission lines, system operators say that they are challenged. While they understand and appreciate the reasoning, they are saying that the networks lack the flexibility to handle wind variation. 


    Comments: 17
  • Centrifuge Project May Get Key Funding
    Mar 01, 2011 | Ken Silverstein

    The nuclear folks say they have answers to global energy woes. And they are positioned to provide them now that regulators may finance a key project. 

    Comments: 1
  • Xcel's Approach Questioned
    Feb 28, 2011 | Phil Carson

    I'm awarding two black eyes-one for Xcel Energy and one for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission for failure to manage a smart grid pilot.

  • Focusing on Transformation
    EnergyBiz Leadership Forum
    Feb 25, 2011 | Martin Rosenberg

    New emerging technologies that will shape the huge energy industry in the next five years will be probed at the EnergyBiz Leadership Forum in Washington Feb. 28 - March 1. Strategies for dealing with, embracing and profiting from change will be discussed.

  • Feb 24, 2011 | Ken Silverstein

    If the politics are taken out of global warming discussions, there's merit to all sides. The problem is that the language now is so politicized that no sides can listen. The EU, though, is plowing ahead with green energy targets to reduces what it says is the threat of climate change. In this country, we are having issues getting transmission sited.

    Comments: 2
  • Will this become a major trend?
    Feb 23, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Electric vehicles are here and NV Energy is ready. Does the utility spot a national trend?

    Comments: 7
  • Why should consumers care?
    Feb 22, 2011 | Kate Rowland

    While two-way communications, data analytics and more may soon blur the distinctions between demand response and energy efficiency on the utility side of the fence, consumers, by and large, are still in the dark

    Comments: 5
  • Feb 21, 2011 | Bill Opalka

    What's worth noting is that the European model of large wind sites far from shore may be a feature of coming installations in North America.

    Comments: 6
  • Revolution in the Wings
    Michael Howard, EPRI president
    Feb 18, 2011 | Martin Rosenberg

    New revolutionary technologies are emerging to totally change the energy sector, from energy creation to the end user. Here is an example of what is coming.

    Comments: 1
  • Can these investments be future proofed?
    Feb 17, 2011 | Christopher Perdue

    With so many utilities spending or planning to spend significant funds on smart gird projects, are there certain things the industry can do to minimize potential negative outcomes and better seize opportunities? 

    Comments: 4