Regulatory & Legal

  • Michigan's U.S. senators today proposed legislation that would authorize the U.S. Energy Department to spend more than $1 billion over several years on research to improve fuel efficiency in cars and trucks.
  • The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted Wednesday against reconsidering its controversial decision to cut $38 million in proposed funding from an energy-efficiency program popular with Maine homeowners and businesses.
  • Gov. Paul LePage has submitted three bills to the Legislature aimed at lowering energy costs, but clean-energy advocates said Tuesday that the measures would dismantle years of state policies that support renewable energy and efficiency programs.
  • 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. 

  • fuel security, electric bills and regional efforts

    Jan 25, 2015 | David T. Doot

    While oil prices are dropping and the U.S. is producing natural gas at historic levels, electricity prices in the Northeast are climbing. These circumstances highlight the interesting and urgent challenges and opportunities in the Northeast, arising in large part from the region’s ever-increasing reliance on domestic, lower-cost natural gas.

  • A look at the markets by comparison

    Oct 12, 2014 | Tim Probert

    Europe’s three largest economies---Germany, Britain and France---are geographically close, but their electricity markets are worlds apart. France is dominated by a single utility, while Germany has thousands. Somewhere in the middle between these two almost diametrically opposed markets, sits Britain.

  • Oct 08, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Damir Novosel, president-elect of the IEEE Power and Energy Society, discusses IEEE's input on President Obama's Quadrennial Energy Review.

  • Sep 25, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Is your utility compliant with NERC’s latest bulk security requirements? Congratulations! Are you fully prepared for all potential risks to your electric grid? If complying with NERC’s physical security standards is all you’ve done, the answer is no. 

  • Aug 27, 2014 | Amy Ingram

    Want to enter the Brazil power market? Got the perfect clean tech idea or the greatest smart grid solution ever? Ready and able to push forward and make that goal? One last thought: Are you covered for that sort of risk exposure?

  • May 19, 2014 | Sara E. Bergan

    Sara E. Bergan, an energy law attorney at the law firm of Stoel Rives, writes about a recent Minnesota decision that "illuminates the challenges states face in regulating an industry in transition and one where the laws of physics rule."

  • Apr 24, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For this set of predictions interviews, we talked to Bill Gaines with Tacoma Public Utilities and Jimmy Autry with Flint Energies about industry hurdles through 2020 and how we overcome them.

  • Apr 06, 2014 | Erich Gunther

    Erich Gunther writes here as a board member for the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), discussing how the panel fits into the overall standards ecosystem.

  • Mar 13, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    A Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article on how the U.S. “could suffer a coast-to-cost blackout” given the right substation attacks prompts both NERC and FERC to label the story as "crossing the line" and "concerning."

  • A primer, analytics and how it works in the NE
  • Mar 27, 2013 | Prudence Parks

    Prudence Parks, director of government affairs and legislative counsel for the Utilities Telecom Council, discusses EO 13636 and Presidential Policy Directive 21 and what those mean for you. For a companion piece to this article, read "How do utilities prepare for the cybersecurity executive order?" by clicking here.

  • ABB, the power and automation technology group, was named by the Ethisphere Institute, a leading international organization dedicated to best practices in business ethics, to its 2013 list of the world's most ethical companies.
  • 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.
  • Readers positive, with conditions

    Jan 13, 2013 | Phil Carson

    Readers provide a swath of ideas on how public/private investments in infrastructure renewal should and shouldn't work and whether it enables U.S. competitiveness in a global competition marked by aggressive government roles by our rivals. 

  • We can't escape the connections, but we can act

    Jan 09, 2013 | Phil Carson

    The power sector needs leaders to articulate the critical nature of infrastructure investment, stripped of the "smart grid" hype. Turn off the TV if you want to understand that our economic future and lifestyle is at risk if we don't ante up.

  • More systems integration talk, for `next time'

    Dec 05, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Americans love to point fingers, demand something for nothing and pretend they still live in the greatest nation on Earth. Alas, Hurricane Sandy's impact on Eastern utilities appears to establish a vast gap between expectations and willingness to adapt or pay. Recent coverage of the situation underscores why.