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Dec 02, 2013

PV Solar Dilemma: Energy Cannibalism Meets Energy Accounting1

We’re going to hear more about ‘energy accounting’, particularly Energy Return on Investment or EROI. These are going to be some big rocks tossed....More
Cyber attack drill
Nov 19, 2013

Terrorism, Utility Communications, and the ‘Fog of War’6

News of the recent continental-scale war game to determine how prepared the U.S. is for a massive attack on the grid included a statement about “fog....More
Nov 07, 2013

Terrorism: How Vulnerable is the Grid?8

Terrorists easily shut down a number of Mexican substations with simple Molotov cocktails. The lasting damage is the precedent set, the object....More
New York City
Nov 05, 2013

New York Taking Action on Power Issues3

New York’s electricity grid should be the envy of the nation, but right now in many respects it is a traffic nightmare comparable to the Cross Bronx....More
Oct 17, 2013

Postcards from the Edge - Is the Utility Industry in Big Trouble?6

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....More
Sep 22, 2013

The Age of Rationalism, or Pandemonium?3

More information sources are leading to divergence of thought and social instability, not harmony. It's not just the soft sciences that get distorted....More
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....More
Sep 10, 2013

Our Fragile, Challenged Electric System5

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,....More
Sep 06, 2013

Demand Side Management has gone to Pot!2

The Eureka/Arcata area in Northern California has redwood trees, rocky coast, whales, sea lions and, for the last few decades, lots of cannabis....More
Aug 29, 2013

New Transmission Construction - Is It Worth the Investment?2

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....More
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....More
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....More
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....More
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....More
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....More
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