industry transition

Understanding Environmental Policy

May 28, 2014 by Steven Cohen

If we are going to learn how to develop a renewable and sustainable economy, we will also need to learn how to deal with the mistakes we've made while moving from an economy that tolerates environmental damage to one that does not tolerate it.[read more]

Europe Mothballs 20GW of Gas Plants in 2013, With More to Come

April 1, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

European Gas Plant Closures

Ten of Europe’s largest utilities planned to mothball or close more than 20 gigawatts of combined-cycle gas turbine power plants. Nearly half of the capacity, 8.8 gigawatts, was built or acquired in the past decade, according to a recent study from Oxford University.[read more]

New Jersey: 80 Percent by 2050

March 29, 2014 by Stephanie Matteson

New Jersey and Renewables

At the Intersolar Summit New Jersey 2014 in Edison on March 20, Lyle K. Rawlings, vice president of the Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Industries Association (MSEIA), reeled off a long list of solar accomplishments that have taken place in New Jersey.[read more]

5 Issues That Keep Utility Execs Up at Night

March 17, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Utility Issues

Two recent surveys of power and utility executives reinforce previous research showing that the industry knows that a transformation is coming. But dig a little deeper into the findings, and there is a disparity of opinion in what that change looks like and what is driving it.[read more]

This Is What the Utility Death Spiral Looks Like

March 6, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Utility Death Spiral

The German mega-utility RWE provided another dismal reminder of the painful transition European power companies are undergoing. According to 2013 financial results, the utility lost more than $3.8 billion last year as it cycled down unprofitable fossil fuel plants due to sliding wholesale prices.[read more]