Commentary

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    Nov 14, 2013 | Scott Shugarts
    A recent survey of small businesses suggests that owners are not generally opposed to the Obama Administration's energy and environment initiatives. The survey, commissioned by the American Sustainable Business Council and administered by Lake Research Partners, shows considerable support across party lines for policies and goals aimed at heightened energy efficiency and investment.
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    Nov 13, 2013 | Terry M. Jarrett
    Every day it seems the newspapers are filled with stories of breached security at a bank, government agency, media outlet, or a utility. According to a recent US Department of Homeland Security report, in fiscal year 2012, ICS-CERT received and responded to 198 cyber incidents as reported by asset owners and industry partners.
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    Nov 12, 2013 | Kimberly Klemm
    Analysis of the cost benefit of distribution generation for renewable energy leads to the conclusion that short-term return on investment is low and long-term investment shows profitable returns if development capital is produced.
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    Nov 08, 2013 | Jessica Kennedy
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making the coal industry nervous with a proposed rule that would impose new regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from newly constructed power plants. This would permit new coal plants to emit no more than 1,300-1,400 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour.
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    Nov 07, 2013 | Scott Shugarts
    On Friday, September 27th, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its Working Group Report on the Physical Science Basis of Climate Change. In conjunction, President Obama released his own statement concerning the report.
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    Nov 04, 2013 | Davis Swan
    With the U.S. government "closed for business" and a looming debt ceiling crisis the debate over whether or not to extend the wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) is not getting much attention these days. President Obama's official position is that the PTC should be extended indefinitely. Many in Congress disagree and there are is ample private sector and research lab commentary on both sides of the question.
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    Oct 28, 2013 | Satish Balantrapu
    The daily operations of an electric utility like fuel resource planning and taking strategic decisions in balancing the supply and demand of electricity are influenced by load forecasts. When the electricity market has undergone a revolution, load forecasts have gained lot of significance spreading across other business departments like energy trading, financial planning etc.
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    Oct 24, 2013 | Scott Shugarts
    One of the latest points of contention inside the Washington beltway is President Obama's nomination of Ronald Binz to Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). While opposition to any nominee of the Obama Administration is unsurprising, the considerations both for and against the acceptance of Mr. Binz have made for some strange bedfellows.
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    Oct 23, 2013 | Devon Bass
    The accolades keep piling up for the game-changing electric vehicle known as the Tesla Model S.  Tesla was named as Motor Trend's Car of the Year, and was also declared the safest car ever by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Consumers claim to love the vehicle. Yet, for all of the critical acclaim and media attention, Tesla has still sold relatively few units. The company has sold none in Texas and isn't likely to do so anytime soon.
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    Oct 21, 2013 | James A. Kent
    Energy development projects that affect local communities frequently face opposition. Industry insiders are often perplexed by this opposition and by the fact that their logical arguments seem to be ineffective at diffusing the opposition. In a previous Culture Matters article (April 2013), Jen Schneider addressed some barriers to engagement, some factors that make it difficult for industry insiders to communicate effectively with local communities. In this column, Jim Kent and Kevin Preister describe an approach to dealing with local communities that has proved effective.