Insights from our Editorial Team

  • 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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  • How confident are you in your asset score?
    Jun 25, 2015 | Paul Hofmann, PhD

    Your utility employs thousands or even millions of assets to deliver power to customers. Each one of those assets may have several sensors, lab tests and visual inspections that generate data relevant to its current health and status.

  • 7 suggestions on the physical side
    Grid security isn't all cyber
    Jun 23, 2015 | Clint Hilbert

    April marked the two-year anniversary of an industry-famous late-night shooting spree. An apparent lone rifleman situated in a thicket on a hillside in San Jose, attacked a large electrical power transmission substation by aiming at critical components as if playing an arcade game.  In similar attacks in the same year of 2013, gunmen fired shots into a gas turbine power plant close to the Missouri-Kansas state line and at another substation just near Colorado Springs.

  • California condor recovery program spreads its wings at SCE
    Jun 18, 2015 | Paul Netter

    They won't win a beauty contest, but California condors are very impressive birds. With wings sometimes spanning nearly 10 feet, they're the largest flying birds in North America. They can soar as high as 15,000 feet and as fast as 55 mph and they sometimes travel 150 miles a day in search of a meal.

  • Making financing EE efficient, too
    Jun 16, 2015 | Carl Fawcett

    Getting the most out of energy efficiency (EE) programs means targeting and retrofitting the homes that waste the most energy. It's a simple premise, and utilities and EE program providers are getting better and better at reaching owners of inefficient homes.

  • Three Approaches to Spur Clean Energy and Innovation
    New York's REV Business Model: Three Approaches to Spur Clean Energy and Innovat
    Jun 11, 2015 | Richard Kauffman

    U.S. Justice Louis Brandeis' observation that States serve as the "laboratories for democracy" couldn't ring more true than in the energy sector. A handful of states are pioneering new approaches (in New York we call it Reforming the Energy Vision, or REV) to advance policies to capture and accelerate the vast economic and environmental benefits of the clean energy economy.

  • Lower reservoir levels mean relying on more natural gas, renewable resources for power generation.
    A boat dock on Huntington Lake's dry lake bed.
    Jun 09, 2015 | Paul Griffo

    Usually by this time of year, Huntington Lake is full, awaiting the arrival of eager boaters and vacationers seeking refuge from the daily grind.

  • 7 reasons why utilities should be using machine learning
    Jun 04, 2015 | Ben Packer

    In the past year, you've probably heard something about machine learning. This branch of science, which involves crunching massive datasets to find hidden patterns, is helping companies solve problems that used to be unsolvable.