Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Greenhouse gas initiative costing utilities millions
    Jul 14, 2015 | Peter Key

    The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative helped boost the economies of its nine participating states between 2012 and 2014, but it also cut revenue by hundreds of millions of dollars at fossil-fuel power-plant operators.

  • Roundtable: Public power execs focus on innovation, cybersecurity and, yes, tree
    Jul 14, 2015 | Allen Greenberg

    Regulatory and competitive pressures, among other concerns, are making life considerably more complicated for the nation's municipally owned utilities, which together serve nearly 50 million Americans.

  • Let's remove the barriers to more NTAs
    Jul 13, 2015 | Tom Stanton

    Non-Transmission Alternatives are electric utility system investments and operating practices that can defer - or even possibly completely replace - the need for specific transmission projects, at lower total resource cost, by reliably reducing transmission congestion at times of maximum demand in specific grid areas.

  • C3 IoT platform proving to be a big data hit
    Jul 09, 2015 | Peter Key

    C3 Energy, the developer of Internet of Things software for energy companies, has begun marketing the platform it uses to develop its IoT software to the entire energy industry.

  • A threat to their credit ratings
    Jul 07, 2015 | Matt Whittaker

    Utilities in Texas and Florida have dodged a regulatory bullet – for now, at least – that could have meant the loss of rate-setting power, fewer customers and credit downgrades.

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    Jul 07, 2015 | Amy Gahran

    Con Edison has installed new distribution automation technology designed to increase the resilience of its power networks in lower Manhattan — the part of its service territory hardest hit by extended power outages during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

  • Europe, Asia very active
    A look at smart cities around the world
    Jul 02, 2015 | Tim Probert

    The smart city is a somewhat nebulous concept. There is no absolute definition, but rather a process or series of steps by which cities become more livable, resilient and able to respond quicker to new challenges.

  • Warming up to microgrids
    Jun 30, 2015 | Peter Key

    While few have taken the plunge just yet, more electric utilities are dipping their toes into microgrid waters. The Department of Energy and some state governments have launched funding and other programs designed to encourage microgrid development, which they see as a way to increase renewable and distributed power generation and improve the resiliency of electricity distribution systems in the face of severe weather events like Super Storm Sandy and physical and cyber-attacks.

  • 29-Jun 2015 | Associated Press | By SAM HANANEL, Associated Press
    Justices rule against EPA power plant mercury limits
    Jun 29, 2015 | Staff Writer

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A divided Supreme Court on Monday ruled against federal regulators' attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.

  • What the ruling means in language you can understand
    SCOTUS to EPA on MATS: Money matters
    Jun 29, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    The regulations in play in Michigan vs. the EPA hit the books in 2012 and required power plants to "scrub" pollutants from their electricity production process (to a degree, anyway). Within the power industry, these regs are commonly called MATS, which stands for Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.

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