• Jan 12, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released their annual short-term energy outlook. For the first time, it looks ahead farther than ever—into 2015. So, what does it predict for the future of power in the U.S.? We’ll give you the highlights and the warnings in three easy steps.

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  • 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.
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  • 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.

  • Study calls for industry-funded R&D

    Jan 08, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Public-private partnerships in research and development could meet many needs for innovation that could promote American energy and economic security. The issue will be debated in an election year. One study suggests a path. 

  • IT likely to play ever-larger role in running grid

    Dec 19, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Daniel Yergin, energy expert and author of The Prize and The Quest, spoke with EnergyBiz  last week and he discussed smarter grids and their place in the energy sector.

  • Municipalization on next week's ballot

    Oct 25, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Boulder, Colo. wants to control its energy future and puts municipalization to a vote next week. Provider Xcel Energy has fought the proposal. If the proposal passes, a legal battle royale ensues, along with political, financial and technological challenges.

  • ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI), a leading provider of consulting services and technology solutions to government and commercial clients, has released its Integrated Energy Outlook for the third quarter of 2011.
  • Former partners head to showdown over 'municipalization'

    Aug 04, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Boulder, Colo., seeks energy self-determination and a speedier shift to renewable energy than its current provider, Xcel Energy, is offering. And Xcel disputes that the latter assertion is possible. Here's a chronology of recent events  in Boulder's efforts to explore  municipalization, which could cost Xcel as much as $100 million in annual revenue.

  • ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI), a leading provider of consulting services and technology solutions to government and commercial clients, has released its Integrated Energy Outlook for the second quarter of 2011.
  • Yet less than half of utilities are preparing their customers

    May 26, 2011 | Phil Carson

    In a new survey, utility executives say customer buy-in is critical to support for grid modernization efforts and costs, yet a fraction are currently involved in customer engagement. The survey paints a complex portrait and executives remain committed to their traditional priorities. But a sense of urgency in building customer support appears to be lacking.

  • Younger users less informed, more willing to change

    May 24, 2011 | Phil Carson

    A new survey provides insight into the motivations that might drive a change in American energy consumption habits. At the top of the list: jobs and energy independence for economic and energy security. Way down the list: environmental concerns. Behind the motivations, the driver is the recession.

  • AEP using Facebook to address legal challenges to new power plant

    May 05, 2011 | Christopher Perdue

    Utilities are increasingly using social media to make customers aware of outage restoration updates, energy efficiency tips, renewable energy activities and other company news. In this article Christopher Perdue looks at how AEP is using social media in a rather new way.

  • Perhaps not if powered by coal?

    May 09, 2011 | Ken Silverstein

    Electric vehicles are all the rage for their contribution to reducing carbon emissions. But if EVs rely on coal-fired electricity, is that statement still true? Either way, are EVs a cost-effective solution to carbon emissions? Guest columnist Ken Silverstein juxtaposes the Administration's policies with a recent paper that attempts to answer whether EVs will contribute to lower carbon emissions.

  • Boulder, among others, ponders the choice

    May 03, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Are the cities currently considering municipalization more capable of moving faster towards grid modernization and away from fossil fuels than the investor-owned utilities that currently serve many of them? Are cities such as Boulder, Colo., well-advised to try? Our columnist captures the discussion in the locals' words.

  • Operational complexity not for the meek

    Mar 22, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Our columnist spends a nine-hour day immersed in the operational details of the grid of yesterday and has a feverish dream of being in the driver's seat, operating the grid. It's almost too much, and that's before applying smarts to the distribution system, integrating renewable energy and a whole lot more.

  • Readers weigh in on the week's topics

    Mar 04, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Intelligent Utility Daily readers weigh in on careful science at the Pecan Street Project, the issue of data privacy in smarter grids and a call for a rational, national energy policy. Will Pecan Street "get the science right"? Do smart meters capture details of appliance use and homeowner behavior? Are concerns over data privacy misdirected? Is a price on carbon just another socialist plot? Meet your fellow readers and decide for yourself.

  • Connecting the dots between the world and the grid

    Mar 02, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Our columnist argues that an either/or mentality is fogging the solution: "the mix," both in supply and in load. A mix of energy sources and a mix of technologies to bring flexibility and intelligence to the grid is the way forward. Read this column and weigh in on the discussion.

  • We civilians need more urgency, less dithering

    Jan 14, 2011 | Phil Carson

    An op-ed piece in The New York Times yesterday reflected the urgency with which the military has adopted various elements of a smarter grid, including energy efficiency, microgrids and renewables. Our columnist suggests that civilians State-side take a page and put some urgency into their role as well.