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Oct 17, 2013
Postcards from the Edge - Is the Utility Industry in Big Trouble?
I've never seen our electric utility industry face so many challenges. Or at least get so many warnings of the gloom and doom to come. Most of the....
Sep 22, 2013
The Age of Rationalism, or Pandemonium?
More information sources are leading to divergence of thought and social instability, not harmony. It's not just the soft sciences that get distorted....
Sep 16, 2013
Rocky Mountain High (Water!)
As of this writing about 20,000 homes are damaged or destroyed. The death toll will no doubt rise. Still, as the rain clouds lift I can almost see....
Matthew Cordaro, PhD
Sep 10, 2013
Our Fragile, Challenged Electric System
Is our electric system better than it was 10 years ago? With the recent anniversary of the historic 2003 Northeast Blackout, the short answer is,....
Sep 06, 2013
Demand Side Management has gone to Pot!
The Eureka/Arcata area in Northern California has redwood trees, rocky coast, whales, sea lions and, for the last few decades, lots of cannabis....
Alexandra von Meier, PhD
Aug 29, 2013
New Transmission Construction - Is It Worth the Investment?
It is true that distributed renewables like rooftop solar are growing fast and may come to provide a big chunk of our energy. Still, there are two....
Aug 21, 2013
Solar Will Shine Brighter With Smarter Inverters
From hula hoops and pet rocks to Silicon Valley innovations, California has historically led the way in national trends, good and maybe not so good....
Jun 19, 2013
Telecommuting and the Changing Workplace
Process often gets more attention than it deserves at the cost of progress. For many, their company being in a stable state means they are kept in a....
May 02, 2013
Rebuttal to 'Loving the Plod'
Last month I wrote a commentary 'Loving the Plod,' which tried to point out that, sure, utilities may be glacially slow when it comes to....
Apr 17, 2013
The Value of Plod
My first job after college was in the R&D department of a California electric and gas utility. This was the early 1970s, my office was about 35....
Mar 21, 2013
Japan's Leap into Solar will Result in New Grid Technologies
Japan has catapulted into the solar PV arena in a big, make that huge, way. And that jump could be good for everyone. As reported in Forbes, IHS....
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