Commentary

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    Jan 19, 2015 | Michael Hinton
    For energy traders, the growing compliance burden in Europe is set to intensify with the introduction of MIFID II in 2017. There is still some uncertainty as to how the directives will be implemented by EU nation states, and doubt over the future of regulatory exemptions currently relied on by the industry.
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    Jan 16, 2015 | Ronald Willoughby
    How many of you remember the days of Quality Circles, and how one of the most difficult problems was selecting the problem? All too frequently participants fell into the analysis paralysis trap, and tried to select the world's best problem.
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    Jan 15, 2015 | Shiuly Kisku
    A classic case of power shift from an autocracy to a democracy; the story of the Utility transformation may be just that. Ever since de-regulation, reliable power delivery now exists beyond the physical boundaries of power plants, substations, network operating houses, leaving more vulnerable ends open; hence, there's a surge to find ways safeguard assets while providing the new age services.
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    Jan 13, 2015 | Wayne M. Kovach
    Owning a home is no easy task. Sure, you build equity, make it your own, and have some really memorable parties, but the investment of time and money can drain you both physically and mentally. If you couple that with raising a family and working full time, the last thing on your mind will be reducing your home's energy consumption. Until now...
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    Jan 09, 2015 | PJ Davis
    Unique and increasing demands from customers, regulation and technology are forcing utilities to flex in unprecedented ways. The resulting effects of these changes have real impact the entire energy industry. In 2014, Energy Central mapped the industry's ebb and flow in a number of candid interviews with top utility CEOs and influencers.
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    Jan 07, 2015 | Jessica Kennedy
    Demand response is making national news thanks to some disconcerted utilities and a New Mexico senator. Utilities, including FirstEnergy and several New England generators, are petitioning the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to eliminate demand response as a resource in capacity energy markets.
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    Jan 06, 2015 | Wayne M. Kovach
    A recent article explores the expectations for what the "next big thing" will be in the energy industry. The piece discusses how not one person in attendance at a recent energy conference could have guessed ten years ago that shale gas would be such a significant aspect of today's energy industry. This led to the question, "What is the next shale gas?"
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    Jan 02, 2015 | Shira Weintraub
    Many residential consumers are currently unaware of one of the easiest ways to reduce their cost of living. Some spend hours researching different smartphone data plans and cable services to save only a few dollars a month. By understanding what utility tariffs are and which ones are available, residents can unlock a new way to save more money in less time.
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    Dec 30, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia
    With so many smart thermostats on the market today, it can be difficult to determine which one is best for you. You want one that is going to be easy to install, simple to program, pleasing to look at, and probably most important, one that will save you money.
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    Dec 24, 2014 | Jessica Kennedy
    Results of a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) presents a life cycle assessment (LCA) on an array of electricity generation sources, from fossil fuels to solar power.