Emmissions & Environmental

  • Mar 26, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Mike Nicoloro and Joan Fontaine with Sanborn, Head & Associates review uncertainty, regs and the worry of utlity executives when it comes to emission rules. 

  • Jul 21, 2014 | Uday Varadarajan

    Analysis by the Climate Policy Initiative shows that newly emerging finance models can lower renewable energy costs by as much as 20 percent. Here are the details.

  • Apr 12, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    When tapping the pulse of the industry on predictions through 2020, we polled insiders from across the U.S. and Europe. Here we speak with Hans ten Berge, secretary general of EURELECTRIC, the Brussels-based association of the European electricity industry.

  • Oct 01, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We spoke with Xcel's Susannah Pedigo, manager of renewable energy products and services about the Solar Rewards Community program history and its connections (especially with the grid).

  • Aug 18, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Everyone avoids talking about sex and money in polite conversation. In the power industry specifically, it may be even more gauche to talk about money than sex. But, a little sexy talk about money may be exactly what’s needed to give a lift to energy efficiency projects in search of funding.

  • ScottMadden, Inc., one of North America's leading energy consulting firms, recently released The Energy Industry Update. This semi-annual publication features ScottMadden's view of significant events and emerging trends in the industry.
  • ScottMadden, Inc., one of North America's leading energy consulting firms, is pleased to join forces with Energy Central to present an interactive webinar, "The State of the Energy Industry," on Friday, March 8, 2013, from 12:00-1:00 PM EST. To learn more about the webinar or to register, please click here: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/767445185
  • Achieving energy goals: a practical process

    Dec 12, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Boulder's city council is delving into every aspect of "going muni" to make a sound decision on the matter, while keeping every avenue open, including future cooperation with currently divorced partner, Xcel Energy. The careful approach could have historic consequences for communities and investor-owned utilities.

  • ScottMadden, Inc., one of North America's leading energy consulting firms, recently released The Energy Industry Update.
  • One advocate argues that economics will drive it

    Apr 12, 2012 | Phil Carson

    As more distributed resources connect to the grid, the more the grid itself will become a secondary feature, with generation and transmission serving as a backup system, argues one advocate of distributed generation. Economics and the American devotion to self-sufficiency will drive this trend, one that utilities can lead or trail. Some are, some aren't.

  • Businesses, at least some, are implementing

    Mar 21, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Sustainability is a notion that is increasingly embraced by corporations of all stripes, because it's about cost efficiencies, wise use of resources, empowering employees and taking responsibility. Many of the same discussions take place in the power industry. 

  • GenerationHub.com, Energy Central's new online intelligence service for the electric power generation industry, is now live.
  • Critics point to pilots, advocate cautious steps

    Feb 29, 2012 | Phil Carson

    California regulators are determining how to move forward on energy storage, as mandated by legislation. How much time should it spend on analysis, on determining storage's cost effectiveness? And should it set procurement targets for investor-owned utilities in the state, possibly advancing the market for storage, possibly burdening ratepayers?


  • National security depends on EE & RE, not drilling

    Feb 28, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Navy admiral discusses the connection between energy independence and national security, and the role of energy efficiency and renewable energy in achieving independence and security. This no-nonsense approach is saving lives in the field.

  • Regulators find RE cheaper, positive for economy

    Feb 23, 2012 | Phil Carson

    The Michigan Public Service Commission reports that wind energy is cheaper than new coal-fired generation facilities, a conclusion that will reignite the debate over the direction of and investment in new generation.

  • Commission ties renewables to jobs, growth

    Feb 22, 2012 | Phil Carson

    The Michigan Public Service Commission said yesterday that the pursuit of clean energy was a job-creator for a state hard hit by recession. There's more: renewable energy is cheaper than coal, according to Michigan's regulators. Will that issue come up in the  state's presidential primary, being contested this week?

  • Pathways to obsolescence, considered

    Feb 15, 2012 | Phil Carson

    The centralized power industry will be a largely irrelevant shadow of its former self within a generation, our soothsayer says. Utility culture and practices will run up against American ingenuity,  technology and self-sufficiency and the latter will win, hands down. A prognosis for the future, from our columnist.

  • Utilities compete for analytics talent

    Feb 13, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Big Data is now Big News and consumers are getting hip to the uses and abuses of that data well before electric utilities have had a chance to communicate their own approach. In practical terms, utilities are behind the curve in recruiting for the data analytics practitioners much sought after by all enterprises.

  • Utilities, vendors, enviros, consumer advocates weigh in

    Feb 08, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Implementing energy storage is fraught with complexities. While it has some clear-cut applications, some argue that alternatives for those applications are less costly. And implementing energy storage can have unintended consequences for the electricity market, possibly upending environmental goals. Should California establish procurement goals for  utilities, given the uncertainties?

  • California regulators hear from interested parties

    Feb 07, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Need a primer on energy storage issues? We offer a look at the issues faced by California regulators as they seek to articulate policy to answer the demands of legislation known as AB 2514. Today, the utility perspective. Tomorrow, other interested parties.