• EIA finds wind energy will have largest role in cost-effectively meeting Clean P
    Insight Article | May 28, 2015 | Michael Goggin
    Low-cost, zero-emission wind energy will become even more valuable as states and utilities develop plans to cost-effectively reduce carbon pollution to comply with EPA's Clean Power Plan, according to new economic analysis from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), a nonpartisan branch of the Department of Energy (DOE). EIA's analysis modeled a range of options for complying with EPA's proposed rule across a variety of scenarios, and wind energy consistently emerged as the lowest cost option for reducing emissions.
  • Is storage hopeless?
    View from the Top | 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.
  • Here's what you need to know
    Insight Article | May 26, 2015 | Morten Lund
    New markets for energy projects are all the rage these days. Barely a day goes by that we don't hear about new projects being developed in Latin America, MENA, Asia or some other exciting place that isn't here. Renewable energy projects in particular are popular, but gas plants are also getting significant attention.
  • But head-in-the-sand time is over
    Cybersecurity is super scary
    View from the Top | May 24, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis
    According to Norm Judah, chief technology officer with Microsoft Services, the most popular topics in the industry---or what he labeled the "shiny thing in the sky"---changes. Most recently, it's been big data. Now, it's the Internet of Things.
  • Smart thermostats could help utilities combat the death spiral
    Insight Article | May 21, 2015 | Wannie Park
    The forces transforming the utility ecosystem are well known. From the plummeting prices of solar energy and the rise of distributed generation, to the growth of smart home technologies that give consumers control over their energy use, the traditional utility business model is under assault from all sides. 
  • Utility insights on advanced distribution automation apps
    Insight Article | May 19, 2015 | Eric Leivo
    Findings from the Newton-Evans Research Company study completed in February 2015 indicate that a substantial number of electric utilities are using distribution automation technologies such as FDIR/FLISR and VVC/VVO/CVR, but the number of operating feeders currently configured with these features is still relatively low.

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