How New York Plans to Revolutionize the Electricity Utility

September 11, 2014 by Dan Cross-Call

New York State took a big step forward in what is arguably the most ambitious initiative to define the future of the electricity grid. The regulatory staff at the state’s Department of Public Service reached a major milestone in its Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding, releasing the Track One Staff Straw Proposal.[read more]


Creating an Equitable Grid: Should We Be Worried?

September 25, 2013 by Casey Canfield

Energy Poverty and the Grid

The future of reliable energy is in jeopardy, for the poor. Historically, equitable grids, which fairly distribute to all consumers, were the best choice economically, but new proposals to upgrade the American grid fail to account for the needs of low-income consumers.[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]

Where's the Real Bottleneck for Natural Gas? Distribution

January 25, 2013 by Steve Skutnik

As a scientist and an unabashed nerd, I love data. Particularly, I love it when ready access to data reveals things that are surprising in the face of conventional wisdom. Despite record-low wholesale electricity prices there's been a slow but quite noticeable creep of wholesale natural gas prices upward to the range of $6/MMBtu.[read more]

Investing in the Grid: When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get...Creative

August 2, 2012 by Josh Freed

Voltage Power Lines via Shutterstock

The unexpected storms that knocked out power to millions in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic earlier this month highlighted how fragile America’s electric grid is. But while front page photos of fallen trees and utility repair trucks capture people’s attention, there’s a much more grave and fundamental threat to our electric grid.[read more]

Public Versus Private Power - It Is Time To Reopen The Discussion

June 14, 2010 by Rod Adams

As a student of the electrical power industry's history, I have found many stories of a long running competition between public and private power suppliers. For most of my life, this discussion has been rather muted, with private forces seeming to have conquered the battlefield. The vast majority of the electrical power in the US is...[read more]

Message from “the edge” - SmartGrid and Distribution

October 2, 2009 by Margaret Harding

This is the fourth article in my series regarding SmartGrid and we are finally beginning to get near to direct consumer contact. All of this discussion has potentially significant impacts on electricity consumers, but are parts of the grid that are "behind the green curtain" to most consumers. Distribution is differentiated from...[read more]

Outsmarting the Smart Grid

February 18, 2009 by William Tucker

The latest delusion about energy is the “smart grid.”  This bright new technological miracle will once again help us overcome the realities of physics and allow us to live in a world run on wind and sunshine.Al Gore, Thomas Friedman, Amory Lovins and Silicon Valley are the predictable originators of this story, but – as always –...[read more]


May 14, 2008 by RyanAvent

Can we say with certainty that a carbon price policy in this country will generate a leakage of dirty industries to other nations without such measures? I don’t think we can. The need to buy permits (or pay a tax) in America would provide an incentive to move production overseas. That seems clear. On the other hand, a carbon price would...[read more]