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How (and Who) Will Pay for our Energy Infrastructure?

February 12, 2015 by James Bushnell

Energy Infrastructure Costs

You may have heard that the Federal highway trust fund is running out of money because, darn it, people aren’t using enough gasoline. The transformation of our energy system is rapidly accelerating the need to confront a long-standing problem with how we pay for our transportation and utility infrastructure.[read more]

AC/DC: In the New Current Wars, Will Edison Win Out After All?

February 3, 2015 by Tom Plant
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Electrical Current Standards

In the late 1800s the “War of Currents” pitted Alternating Current (AC) power against Direct Current (DC) power. In the end, the capability of AC power to run at high voltage from large central generating stations made AC the victor. But two substantial changes could signal a return to the war of currents.[read more]

Charting Hawaii's Spectacular Solar Energy Growth

February 2, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Hawaii Solar Growth

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a report on Hawaii’s solar status this week, and Hawaii is officially a solar hot spot of national significance, and that makes it a fitting test bed for Department of Energy research meant to stretch the limits of rooftop PV penetration on island grids.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'I Can Confirm that the President Would Not Sign this Bill'

January 9, 2015 by Jared Anderson

White House Keystone XL Decision

The Keystone XL pipeline has become a prime example of why it’s impossible to forge a comprehensive US energy policy. The energy Holy Grail is clean, reliable and affordable. Unfortunately, that three-pronged goal is unattainable given current technical and economic realities.[read more]

A Time For Giving: Help End Energy Poverty

January 3, 2015 by David Lawrence

Today, in this rapidly expanding world, 1.3 billion people have no access to electricity, and nearly 900 million still use unsafe drinking water. More than 2.5 billion people still rely on biomass, like wood and dung, for cooking. Energy is crucial to lift people from a life of hardship and poverty.[read more]

Utility 2.0: What are Utilities Doing to Meet New York's Vision for a 21st Century Energy System?

December 28, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

New York's Energy Vision

Since the New York Public Service Commission opened its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding in the spring to modernize the state’s electricity system, a lot has happened. Namely, New York utilities are already working to align themselves with the broad objectives outlined in the REV proceeding.[read more]

Inside SoCal Edison's Groundbreaking 2.2GW Grid Modernization Plan

November 24, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Grid Modernization

SoCal Edison announced it would buy hundreds of megawatts of distributed solar, behind-the-meter batteries, automated demand response and targeted energy efficiency as part of its 2,200-megawatt Local Capacity Requirement procurement for its grid-stressed West Los Angeles Basin region.[read more]

Keystone Falls Short in Senate, Cable News Battle Continues

November 20, 2014 by Matthew Nisbet
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Keystone XL and Cable News

In the U.S. Senate Tuesday evening, supporters of the Keystone XL oil pipeline failed by a single vote to pass a bill approving the project. As the battle over the pipeline lives on for at least a few more months, a forthcoming study indicates that cable news and other partisan news outlets have played a significant role in distorting how Democrats and Republicans view even the most basic facts of the debate.[read more]

Homeland Security: Russian Hackers Infiltrated US Energy Infrastructure

November 16, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Energy Infrastructure Risks

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued an updated alert last week stating that a variant of the BlackEnergy malware had infiltrated the SCADA systems that control critical infrastructure, including oil and gas pipelines, water distribution systems and the power grid.[read more]

If You Could Build a Solar-Friendly Grid From Scratch, How Would You Do it?

October 27, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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The 20th-century electrical grid is a truly extraordinary feat of engineering and construction that has been a core driver of economic progress in many developed countries. But it's finally starting to show its limitations as we move into the 21st century.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Supply is not the Problem, We Need Good Infrastructure'

October 5, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Energy Infrastructure

The dramatic shift in United States energy supply-demand dynamics over the past several years is impacting markets and physical commodity flows in what seems like unlimited ways, with misaligned infrastructure being one of the most pronounced.[read more]

Remember Back When Everybody Hated Electricity Deregulation?

September 23, 2014 by James Bushnell
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Electricity Deregulation

Important technological and efficiency advances are happening, and competition is providing some of the impetus for that. But much of the economics and politics of this industry have been and still are dominated by the not-very-noble desire to stick someone else with existing infrastructure costs.[read more]

New England Natural Gas Market 'Not Taking Full Advantage of Available Infrastructure'

September 15, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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New England and the Natural Gas Market

When temperatures plummeted across the Northeast last winter, spot natural gas prices along the Eastern Seaboard spiked to eye-popping levels causing many to call for additional pipeline capacity. However, as is often the case with energy issues, the situation is more complex than it may first appear.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On $22.4 Trillion Worth of Global Oil & Gas Megaprojects

September 4, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Energy Megaprojects

Major oil and gas companies’ recent record of bringing large projects on stream within projected timeframes and budgets leaves much to be desired. Ernst & Young analyzed the performance of 365 megaprojects – those costing over $1 billion – and found 64% face cost overruns and 73% face delays.[read more]

Renewables and Resiliency Help Reverse a 30-Year Decline in US Transmission Investments

September 1, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Aging U.S. grid / shutterstock

America has fallen behind when it comes to investing in new energy infrastructure. According to the latest report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers, energy companies have chronically under-invested in the electrical grid, oil and gas pipelines, and storage facilities for fuels. The organization gave America a sorry D+ grade for the shortfall.[read more]