Nuclear

  • Unless policymakers take action soon, a series of additional early nuclear power plant retirements could threaten the reliability of the nation's electric grid and hinder the country's ability to meet its carbon reduction goals, Exelon Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer William A. Von Hoene, Jr. told members of the United States Energy Association (USEA) today.
  • Feb 24, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For this issue of our utility2utility article series, we spoke to Kirk Morrell, maintenance projects and technical execution manager with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions about the company’s latest type of downsizing—namely moving from paper to digital.

  • Nov 07, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Richard Myers, vice president of policy development at the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), gives five points to remember when considering the future of nuclear energy in America.

  • Oct 07, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    The power industry has a reputation for stagnation: It’s an “old school” spot where things don’t change. Still, despite that reputation for being a lagging and lackluster industry that eschews pretty much everything new, progressive and shiny, that “old school” power industry is making some new school adjustments. That’s what this Sept/Oct issue of Intelligent Utility magazine is all about—what’s on the edge of the power industry these days: CVR, microgrids, retro-commissioning, analytics and much more. Dive in.

  • A commentary on what smart grid gurus need to understand about nuclear energy
  • 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.
  • GenerationHub.com, Energy Central's new online intelligence service for the electric power generation industry, is now live.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Military 'gets it,' has the will and dollars to implement

    Jun 14, 2011 | Phil Carson

    The U.S. military is moving ahead with many smart grid-related innovations because lives and national security are at stake. Multiple sources say that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is ideally situated to provide the test bed for commercialization of new technologies. So why do those claiming to support our military call for abolishing the National Renewable Energy Lab, which partners closely with the DoD?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • UtiliQ’s most intelligent utility forges ahead
  • Alstom signed on 9 December in Moscow strategic agreements with major Russian energy companies to jointly provide power generation products and services for Russia's power industry in the fields of hydropower generation, thermal power generation, nuclear power generation and electricity transmission.
  • Report on energy policy omits smart grid

    Nov 22, 2010 | Phil Carson

    An attempt by a recent report to articulate a "post-partisan" solution to the nation's energy needs suggests that "liberals and conservatives" abandon cherished notions and get with the program: energy innovation through military procurement processes, innovation centers and "small" and "very low" surcharges and prices on oil imports, electricity and carbon. It's deja vu, all over again.