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Transmission Investment Gets Largest Boost Since 2000

December 26, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

Transmission Investment

Investor-owned utilities and transmission companies invested a record $34.9 billion in transmission and distribution infrastructure in 2012, according to the Edison Electric Institute. The spending on transmission, $14.8 billion, was nearly a 24 percent increase over 2011 investments.[read more]


Was Edison Right After All? Reconsidering DC Power

May 3, 2013 by Steven Collier

Perhaps Thomas Edison was right after all. As new technology develops, it's time to ask the question: should we be using direct current (DC) instead of alternating current (AC) power?[read more]

Regional Transmission Efforts Good for Re-routing Information Flows to Regulators

January 18, 2012 by Michael Giberson

Peter Behr, at ClimateWire, describes the U.S. Department of Energy’s efforts to rework its electric transmission study processes, created in the 2005 Energy Policy Act but stalled by adverse court decisions and political missteps. I’m not so sure that the new approaches will be any better received than the old, but I noticed in the...[read more]

The Wave Disk Generator

December 30, 2011 by Lou Grinzo

OK, now this is intriguing, even if the article is from April(!?)… New Car Engine Sends Shock Waves Through Auto Industry: researchers at Michigan State University have built a prototype gasoline engine that requires no transmission, crankshaft, pistons, valves, fuel compression, cooling systems or fluids. Their so-called Wave Disk...[read more]

Wind Industry Just Hot Air? The Green Skeptic on FOX Business

December 28, 2011 by Scott Edward Anderson

On Tuesday I sat down with Stuart Varney & Company on FOX Business to talk about wind power and the relative merits of distributed generation versus big wind farms, including the need for transmission and grid infrastructure improvements to make big wind viable. Here's the video: Watch the latest video at[read more]

An Atlantic Wind Project: Big, Bold and Risky

December 2, 2011 by Marc Gunther

Building a low-carbon economy requires bold ideas and long-term thinking on a scale that matters. Ideas like The Atlantic Wind Connection. The Atlantic Wind Connection,  you may recall, is a company that has embarked on a multi-billion dollar, decade-long project to build an undersea transmission cable stretching about 350 miles...[read more]


China Thinking Big on Smartgrid, Invested $7 Billion in 2010

November 1, 2011 by Christine Hertzog

China is the most active investor in Smart Grid infrastructure today.  According to a 2010 report from Zpryme, the State Grid Corporation - the largest utility in China - was projected to spend $7.3 billion in that year alone on Smart Grid projects.  Their focus is on a concept called the Strong Smart Grid.  Like other...[read more]

Aesthetic Energy- Beautiful Transmission and Glamorous Turbines

October 29, 2011 by Michael Giberson

We talk a bit about the economics of electric power transmission and wind power here, but there is more to understanding the world than economics. Previously we have noted Virginia Postrel writing on the techno-glamour of, among other things, wind turbines. Now we take note of the Pylon Design Competition and its recently announced...[read more]

Interstate Commerce in Electric Power – Arizona Policymaker’s 2-Faced View

September 16, 2011 by Michael Giberson

Yesterday the staff of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Az) conducted a “Solar Summit” in Washington, D.C. You can watch all three hours of the program here, or maybe you’d rather read the overview provided by Phil Riske at the Rose Law Group Blog, “Mayes, Spitzer bemoan congressional Republicans ‘retrenching’ against renewable energy funding...[read more]

Guarding the Grid

August 17, 2011 by Silvio Marcacci

In 2003, an overheated power line near Cleveland, Ohio sagged into a tree and shorted out. It started a cascade of power line failures across the Midwest, Northeast and parts of Canada, and causing the worst blackout in U.S. history. Since then, utilities and grid operators have used new technology and procedures to prevent another major blackout – but can they compete with an aging grid and estimated $1 trillion in required new investment?[read more]

Widespread Energy and Environment Fallout Expected from U.S. Debt Deal

August 4, 2011 by Silvio Marcacci

When President Obama signed into law a compromise plan to increase the $14.3 trillion U.S. debt ceiling this week, he authorized nearly $2.5 trillion in cuts over the next decade. This massive budget reduction means numerous government agencies and funding programs are the chopping block, but what will it mean for energy and environment funding? energyNOW! interviewed National Journal reporter Coral Davenport to discuss the new reality of environmental and energy-related cuts.[read more]

Utilities Must Step Up Communications To Recoup Smart Grid Investments

June 8, 2011 by Tom Raftery

Tweet    Smart grids don’t come cheap. They are typically projects costing in the order of hundreds of millions of dollars (or Euro’s, or pounds or whatever your currency of choice). Just think, the most fundamental piece of the smart grid, the smart meter, alone costs in the order of $100. When you factor in the costs of...[read more]

Boulder City to Get Fifth Solar Plant

February 23, 2011 by Taylen Peterson

In Boulder City, Nevada, the city council has paved the way for a fifth solar power array on 1,500 acres of land in an area called the Black Hills site, located in the Eldorado Valley Energy Zone. It did so by forging a development agreement between the city and the company behind the project. Boulder City is a superb spot to locate...[read more]

Ulrich Decher - Fitting wind onto the electricity grid

December 9, 2010 by Joseph Koblich

By Ulrich DecherWind turbines are now a politically popular way for generating emission-free electricity for the grid. There are now windmills operating in many parts of the United States and more of them are proposed.There are advantages and disadvantages to any method of providing electricity. I will attempt to provide a short summary...[read more]

Scientists: Innovation Needed on Energy Storage, Grid

November 17, 2010 by Jesse Jenkins

New innovations in energy storage, transmission, and the integration of variable electricity sources are necessary to enable renewable energy sources to contribute significantly to the U.S. energy supply, according to a new report from the American Physical Society.Establishing national policies to spur the deployment and adoption of...[read more]