Commentary

  • Jul 15, 2014 | Ferdinand E. Banks
    "There is no reason why institutions that have direct holdings in coal, oil and gas stocks could not divest immediately." Ian Simm (Chief executive of Impax Asset Management)
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    Jul 11, 2014 | Francisco Szekely
    With evidence of climate change becoming clearer than ever, European countries should think carefully before allowing fracking in their territory. Although hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — offers the benefits of abundant supplies of unconventional oil and gas and lower carbon emissions than other combustibles such as oil and gas, it is not a sustainable solution due to its large environmental costs and its potential contribution to climate change. Moreover, the short-term economic promises fracking it offers are also taking our sense of urgency away from transitioning to more renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar power.
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    Jul 09, 2014 | Sheldon Zakreski
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued a proposal for the first-ever national protections from dangerous carbon pollution from existing power plants. The EPA plans to utilize section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act to regulate the electricity sector’s abundant greenhouse gas emissions and effectively set a nationwide carbon cap.
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    Jul 08, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia
    Everyone has been there. You go to a store to get a pair of those trendy new shoes and find that there's only one pair in your size left in stock. Feeling pretty darn satisfied with your good fortune, you quickly make your way up to the register, holding on tight to that precious box just in case someone tries to snatch it from your hands.
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    Jul 07, 2014 | Justine Sears
    Technical Reference Manuals have long provided characterizations of efficient technologies in the electric and thermal energy sectors. At many utilities throughout the world, these manuals are a crucial piece of efficiency programs, allowing for standardized calculations of energy and financial savings gained through efficient products and demand management programs. Because of the increasing impact of the electric vehicle (EV) fleet on grid resources, a TRM that gives planners the ability to include EVs in decision making at both the program and system-wide levels is needed.
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    Jul 03, 2014 | Will Fadrhonc
    Demand response (DR) is critical for reducing peak demand on the grid and, at the same time, avoiding system emergencies. When delivered via behind-the-meter energy storage, DR can play an even more significant role in improving reliability and reducing system cost.
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    Jul 02, 2014 | Joel Gilbert
    No, that is not a misspelled word. It is a play on words and a good key thought for this post. It reflects a serious question. Is this the right time to change an electric utility paradigm?
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    Jun 25, 2014 | Joel Gilbert
    Recently, Time Magazine had an interesting article by Comedians Key and Peele titled "The Case for Mockery." They claim we have changed our sense of openness in making fun of things and that has now thwarted a lot of creativity at the altar of political correctness. In a sense, their premise is that our inability to laugh at ourselves closes our minds to creative discussion and change. Their central premise is that certain groups are now bullying us into silence.
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    Jun 24, 2014 | Harry Valentine
    For many decades, hobbyists built scale model aircraft for reasons of recreation and personal interest. However, advancing technology has created new applications for scale model aircraft, also known as drones. Electric power companies have introduced camera-equipped drones to service, to fly along transmission lines and record information that pertains to the condition of transmission towers and power lines.
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    Jun 23, 2014 | Mark Cerasuolo
    The economic and environmental benefits of solar and other clean energy sources are well documented and represent added value for the developed world, where sustainability is considered a lifestyle goal. But in the developing world, sustainability is more often a means to improve quality of life, especially for those living and working in remote areas where grid-delivered electricity is limited, if not completely inaccessible, and conditions of electrical poverty impede social and economic progress.