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  • The oil crisis of the 1970s meant long lines at gas stations.
    Nov 20, 2015 | Allen Greenberg
    It's time to take the training wheels off renewable energy, and by that I mean it's time to retire the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act.  
  • Nov 13, 2015 | Allen Greenberg
    Investment bankers and CEOs can make plenty of money off M&A deals, but the cons can outweigh the pros in any merger, especially if there's a lot of new debt involved.
  • NRG Energy CEO David Crane.
    Nov 08, 2015 | Allen Greenberg
    What's happening right now to David Crane should send shudders through any utility CEO hoping to forge a distributed energy future for their company and the people it serves.
  • Oct 24, 2015 | Allen Greenberg
    We all know that things are evolving in the utility world, changes that create all kinds of uncertainty. I think it's fair to suggest that the electric power business has been suffering a bit of existential angst. 
  • Oct 13, 2015 | Allen Greenberg
    Itron Knowledge Conference: It's less than a decade away but the utility business model will look different by 2025. On that point, each of the panelists on stage Tuesday was absolutely sure. They were far less clear, however, about how much different it might look, in part because of worries that regulators might be slow to accept or allow change. 
  • Oct 03, 2015 | Allen Greenberg
    The California PUC has rejected a plan by Pacific Gas & Electric to have ratepayers help pay the $654 million cost of building a network of 25,000 charging stations in northern and central California. Here's why that was a bad call. 
  • Sep 23, 2015 | Allen Greenberg
    Utilities' digital transformation can no longer wait, because the basic principles of running a utility simply no longer work, not with technology today that allows "prosumers" to generate their own power and sell it back the utility.
  • Sep 20, 2015 | Branko Terzic
    The core competency of a chief executive officer of a public utility must be the ability to manage successfully under regulation. Everything else is secondary.
  • Sep 13, 2015 | Allen Greenberg
     It doesn't take a crystal ball to see that the future of electric utilities is in digitalization and renewables. 
  • Hawaii Gov. David Ige.
    Sep 04, 2015 | Allen Greenberg
    NextEra Energy, as part of its $4.3 billion bid to acquire Hawaiian Electric Industries, has promised to live up to what are known as kuleana, malama pono and aloha -- Hawaiian values having to do with responsibility, concern, care and affection. But Hawaii Gov. David Ige wants a lot more.