future energy

Swapping Negawatts for Megawatts Under the EPA's Proposed Clean Power Plan

June 25, 2014 by Meredith Fowlie

The EPA and its Clean Power Plan


If you are working to get your finances under control, you should look for ways to both increase your household earnings and reduce spending. And so it goes, as we work to reduce carbon emissions from the nation’s power sector, pursuing a mix of supply and demand-side strategies makes good sense.[read more]

Should Utility Companies Be More Like Broadband Providers?

June 14, 2014 by Martin LaMonica

Electricity is the ultimate commodity. Since gadgets and appliances work no matter where they plug in, it's nearly impossible for consumers to distinguish between different products. But executives say that utilities need to start marketing more personalized products in order to stay relevant.[read more]

Texas is the American Leader in Energy, So How Can Its Electricity Markets be Such a Mess?

May 28, 2014 by Elias Hinckley

Texas Electricity Markets

Texas is the largest energy producing and consuming state, yet despite being the clear energy capital of the U.S. there are some challenging times ahead for the Texas power markets. How Texas manages these challenges will provide much insight for the future of other American power markets.[read more]

Reading the Tea Leaves: Chinese National Oil Companies' Diverging Strategies

April 7, 2014 by Kate Rosow Chrisman

Chinese Oil Companies and Diverging Strategies

First, BP dropped plans to invest in a refinery in Qinzhou. Then PetroChina delayed plans for it’s Kunming refinery, part of a larger plan that includes a pipeline linking Southwestern China to the Bay of Benegal through Myanmar (bypassing the Malacca Straits).[read more]

It's Passion That Will Lead to Brighter Nuclear Future

March 31, 2014 by Milton Caplan

Last month I talked about innovation in the nuclear industry focusing on the perception that nuclear is not innovative. Since then I attended the Canadian Nuclear Association annual conference. Its theme this year was “Developing the next generation,” focusing on developing the workforce of the future.[read more]

The Electric Utility Singularity

February 11, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

A singularity is a term that is used in mathematics, physics, and advanced artificial intelligence. The definitions vary based on perspective, but in simple terms, it signifies the point where old rules break down. This is exactly where electric utilities are now.[read more]

The Final Five Smart Grid and Smart City Predictions for 2020

January 14, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

We’ve seen so much significant change in the past six years and will see more innovations in technologies, policies and financial drivers that build smarter cities as well as smarter grids. Here are the final five of my ten predictions of how much can happen in six years time[read more]

Technologies Meld As History Repeats Itself

December 10, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

The Smart Grid is often described as bi-directional energy and information flows, enabled by a convergence of information technologies with operational technologies. That’s all true, but the word convergence is getting frayed from overuse, and for the latest trend, it’s not quite the right word.[read more]

A Smart Grid Thanksgiving List

November 27, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

The Atlantic magazine had a recent article about the top 50 innovations in human history in the last 6000 years. Number one on the list was the printing press. Will any current or future technology breakthroughs found in Smart Grid buildouts be identified in a similar list in 25 years?[read more]

Transitioning to Transactive Energy: Our Next Moon Shot?

November 19, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

It is difficult for some to envision a world organized around different sources of energy, but as Greg Abel, the CEO of MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company noted at a recent industry conference, renewables don’t have a lot of variable costs. That’s important.[read more]

To Those Who Want To See Nuclear Power Play A Bigger Role In Climate Action

November 8, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Nuclear Energy Price Increases

Nuclear power is expensive, especially when done safely, and while solar power and wind power continue to march down the experience curve to ever lower costs — solar panels have seen a 99% drop in cost since 1977 — nuclear power has been heading in the opposite direction.[read more]

Six Perspectives on the Fate of Utilities

October 4, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

Over the last year, Greentech Media's coverage of the future of utilities has ramped up significantly. The coverage comes not because we're obsessed with the demise of utilities, but because the utility industry itself is grappling with how to manage the ongoing surge in distributed energy.[read more]


Energy From Oil or Energy From Water?

August 26, 2013 by Jim Baird

Water and Oil Energy Sources

The late, Dr. Richard Smalley, Nobel laureate in Chemistry said the Terawatt Challenge is to find the “new oil”—a basis for energy prosperity in the 21st century that is as enabling as oil and gas have been for the past century.[read more]

The Future of Energy: Why Power Density Matters

August 9, 2013 by Robert Wilson

The Energy Transition

The 21st century will witness a transition to an overwhelming urban human population, and hopefully a transition to a low carbon energy system. The former will have a significant impact on the latter, because an urban species cannot be powered locally.[read more]

25 Years From Now and Still Relying on Fossil Fuels?

August 4, 2013 by Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson

Fossil Fuel Future?

The federal government’s latest international energy projections are out, and there’s no question we’re living in a time of enormous change—and perhaps remarkably little progress, as the EIA projects the world’s overall energy mix won’t change much at all by 2040.[read more]