power supply

Will Distributed Energy Make Up One-Third of the US Power Supply by 2020?

February 16, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Distributed Energy and US Power Supplies


Here’s a sobering thought for U.S. utilities and grid planners seeking solutions for a future filled with distributed, customer-owned energy assets: that future is already here. That’s one way to look at a striking chart presented at the DistribuTECH smart grid conference last month.[read more]

Backfilling Nuclear Shutdowns With Efficiency And Renewables In Japan, Germany And California?

April 30, 2012 by Joseph Romm

Electric utilities and policymakers in Japan and Germany have been scrambling for months to find ways to compensate for nuclear power plants shut down in the aftermath of Fukushima.In both instances, fossil fuels are part of the stopgap solution to offset the declines in nuclear generation in the short term, but longer-term energy...[read more]

FERC: “Weather-Related Causes” Explain Power Supply Problems During 2011's Extreme Winter

August 18, 2011 by Michael Giberson

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) have issued their report on the events surrounding electric power and natural gas supply interruptions around the Southwest United States in early February, 2001. The culprit? According to the press release: “the task force...[read more]