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As Hawaii Prepares for Utility Reform, the State's Solar Industry Sheds 3,000 Workers

September 28, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Hawaii's solar industry is in a precarious situation. As regulators and the state's utility company prepare to negotiate a sweeping reform plan to support more distributed energy, solar installers are finding it harder than ever to get permits for residential solar projects from the utility.[read more]

The Evolution of 'Just-in-Time' for Utilities

August 26, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

The electric utility sector has been quite successful at managing power on a just-in-time basis. It had to be just-in-time, because since the days of Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, there were very few cost-effective ways to store energy, and those options were mostly limited to solutions like pumped hydro.[read more]

Momentum Builds Behind Utility 2.0: Will Minnesota Be the Next State to Reform Utilities?

August 8, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Reforming Utilities by State

Aside from hosting a majority of the nation's wind farms, the Midwestern U.S. is not known for aggressively pushing the agenda on clean energy issues. But that may be changing as Minnesota joins other leading states in the effort to remake the electricity sector.[read more]

A Utility's Guide to Mitigating Cybersecurity [INFOGRAPHIC]

April 30, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Utility Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is becoming an increasingly important issue for utilities and other energy companies as more business tasks are connected to online environments in various ways. To address these risks, President Obama issued Executive Order 13636, “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.”[read more]

New York Launches Major Regulatory Reform for Utilities

April 30, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo has recently asked his public state commission and chairman of energy and finance, Richard Kauffman, to fundamentally shift utility regulation to meet the needs of a more distributed, consumer-focused energy system.[read more]