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  • The Supreme Court should uphold FERC Order 745
    Jul 31, 2015 | Justin Gundlach
    If FERC is allowed to set the price paid to providers of negawatts via wholesale markets, then FERC will have opened a sluice of opportunities for consumers and businesses that want to save -- or even profit -- from more sophisticated and efficient electricity consumption. 
  • Jul 24, 2015 | Allen Greenberg
    Thanks to a rare showing of bipartisanship, the House on July 20 rolled out a much-anticipated energy reform bill that, if eventually passed, would give tech companies serving the utility industry a huge lift. 
  • Donald Trump, presidential aspirant, ex-TV show host.
    Jul 17, 2015 | Allen Greenberg
    Hey, did you hear that? It sounds as if the drumbeat might be getting louder for competition in the electric power business.
  • Building Trust in the Digital Age
    Jul 10, 2015 | Allen Greenberg
    People trust utilities more today than they did a few years ago, but as any utility executive or line worker knows, there’s plenty of room for improvement.
  • Why the Supreme Court decision isn't what it seems
    The U.S. Supreme Court
    Jul 03, 2015 | Allen Greenberg
    Why coal producers had no reason to be so jubilant after the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the EPA's rule on mercury and acid gases from coal-burning power plants was improperly crafted.
  • Italian university envisions microgrids
    Jun 26, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis
    We're traditionally a magazine that talks to utilities. But, these days, we're chatting more and more with newer options and entrants into the power industry field. Today, we chat about a microgrid project at the University of Genoa's Savona campus with Federico Delfino, professor of power system engineering at the university.
  • JEA's CCO Whiting learned perseverance from pratfalls
    Jun 19, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis
    When Monica Whiting, chief customer officer at JEA, was small, she wanted to be the next Dorothy Hamill (Think Olympics 1976. Or Google that.)
  • Convergence reemergence or convergence 2.0
    Jun 12, 2015 | Mark Weatherford
    Brian Harrell
    A little over a decade ago, the term convergence was de rigueur when talking about bringing the disciplines of physical security and IT security together to solve the challenges of stove-piped security.  Fast forward to 2015 and the challenges remain mostly the same, except the conversations are now about how to bring three disciplines---physical security, cybersecurity (formerly called IT security) and operational technology security (industrial control system/SCADA security)---together to manage the threats facing the electric utility industry.
  • Utility2Utility: Vector (New Zealand)
    Jun 07, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis
    Vector, a New Zealand utility in the Auckland area, focuses on meeting the energy needs of more than 700,000 customers across the country. In this installment of Utility2Utility, we talk with communications manager Sandy Hodge on the general utility market in New Zealand, how Vector works in the mix and how the utility is utilizing social media.
  • Is storage hopeless?
    May 28, 2015 | Allen Greenberg
    DALLAS -Jigar Shah left his audience gasping. "If the storage industry is dependent on backing up solar, it's hopeless. You should quit your job today," Shah, a co-partner in Generate Capital, a San Francisco-based renewables financing firm, told them.