energy industry changes

The Two Technologies with the Greatest Impact on Utility Contact Centers

May 20, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Utility contact centers will face significant transformations as utility business models transform. Re-engineering processes to accommodate captive consumer to prosumer with choices is one profound set of changes. But what about technologies in contact centers – what will change there?[read more]

Experts: Cost Gap Between Renewables and Natural Gas 'Is Closing'

May 7, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Renewables Catching Up with Natural Gas

The cost of renewables is steadily catching up to the cost of natural gas and will soon beat it. According to a panel of researchers at the Windpower 2014 conference, continued improvements in wind and solar technologies are making them a threat to natural gas.[read more]

The Smart Grid and Multifamily Dwelling Challenges

April 16, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

There are many disconnects and dysfunctions in the multifamily real estate market that are beyond the ability of renters or property owners alone to resolve. There are multiple challenges in a market segment that includes stakeholders with sometimes vastly different financial perspectives.[read more]

Driving Into an Age of Increasing Oil Freedom

April 11, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Increasing Oil Freedom

We are living in exciting times when it comes to the nation’s oil and energy dependence. You could call this era the age of increasing oil freedom. From the mid-1980s to the mid-2000s the U.S. used and imported more oil every year, but since the mid-2000s that trend has reversed.[read more]

10 Big Changes In Energy Since The 2013 MIT Energy Conference

February 10, 2014 by Robert Armstrong

Around MIT, we’re used to “drinking from a fire hose,” but the pace of change can still be dizzying—particularly for those of us involved in energy. Less than 12 months ago, the MIT Energy Club hosted its premier event, the MIT Energy Conference, and in that time, a great deal has changed.[read more]

Get Positioned Now for the Next Great Natural Gas Switch: Interview with Ron Muhlenkamp

January 25, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Next Great Natural Gas Switch

Ron Muhlenkamp is the founder and portfolio manager of Muhlenkamp & Co. Inc., established in 1977 to manage private accounts for individuals and institutions. Muhlenkamp is an award-winning investment manager, frequent guest of the media, and featured speaker at investment shows nationwide.[read more]

Grading My 2013 Energy Predictions

January 17, 2014 by Robert Rapier

In January 2013, I made the five predictions about energy and the energy industry for the coming year. In this post, I present a report card for how I did on those predictions from last year. Overall, I didn't actually do all that bad.[read more]

The Revolution Won't Be Distributed

January 14, 2014 by Alex Trembath

If you read the environmental press, clean tech media, or even the New York Times, you might conclude that America is on the cusp of a distributed generation (DG) revolution. The utility industry too is taking the threat seriously.[read more]