Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Solar Powered Traffic Speed Awareness Sign
    May 12, 2016 | Syd Kitson

    Cities around the world - from sprawling megalopolises to sleepy beach towns - are striving to make their public systems greener and more efficient, implementing everything from bus rapid transit to permeable sidewalks. It is impressive to watch municipalities, utilities and even private businesses overcome the challenges of pre-existing gray infrastructure and the high costs of retrofits. But it also inspires a question: what would a smart town look like if we designed it from the ground up?

  • Inside a nuclear reactor.
    May 11, 2016 | Dr. Christina Back

    Global demand for electricity will increase by 70% over the next 30 years, requiring a variety of cheap and clean technologies to meet that demand. Nuclear energy must be a significant portion of that energy mix, but it can't be unless we overcome the challenges nuclear electricity faces today: high electricity cost, safety concerns, waste issues, and proliferation fears. 

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  • SCADA concept on keyboard button
    May 10, 2016 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Deception is a four-letter word. Well, not literally, of course, but let's just say it has a bad reputation---a sneaky, negative connotation. But what if I told you deception could help save your SCADA system? Now you're listening. 

  • Stairway in a decommissioned power plant
    May 09, 2016 | EnergyBiz news services

    A planned shutdown of some coal-fired electrical power units in east central Illinois will mean the loss of 47 jobs this fall at the Newton Power Station and continue the debate in Illinois over a power auction system.

  • Security Mirror reflecting bright sky & electrical pylons in the distance.
    May 08, 2016 | Doug Houseman

    In the 1960s and 1970s, the transmission operators implemented complete models of their systems to support a wide range of activities. These activities included forecasting, operations, protection, state estimation and dynamic rating of equipment to name a few. 

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  • Massachusetts State Capital Building, Boston
    May 05, 2016 | EnergyBiz news services

    The operators of a western Massachusetts power plant pleaded guilty to federal charges earlier this week that accused the plant's owner and managers of tampering with emissions equipment and submitting bogus reports to regulators.

  • Offshore wind farm construction, UK coast
    May 04, 2016 | Neil Beardsmore

    Last year, the UK proposed plans to shut down all remaining coal-fired power plants that are unable to install carbon capture and storage facilities by 2025. To compensate for this loss of capacity, plans were set in place to substitute it with more carbon friendly gas-fired power plants and renewable energy sources, including wind power.

  • May 03, 2016 | EnergyBiz news services

    Colorado's battle over who should regulate fracking - and how much - now shifts to the November election after the state Supreme Court overturned attempts by local governments to impose their own rules.

  • What are they really telling us?
    May 02, 2016 | Brian Bowen

    2016 brings updates from JD Power on utility customers' satisfaction. The good news is that this year, the trendline is up. Business customers' satisfaction is at an 8-year high. Even so, some industry frontrunners have seen their leads erode over time as their fellow utilities gain ground in the annual review. What can utilities do to stay ahead? 

  • May 01, 2016 | EnergyBiz news services

    Charlotte-based Duke Energy is making its sustainability goals more aggressive as it puts more emphasis on renewable energy.