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Aug 10, 2015 to Aug 11, 2015 | New York, NY
Aug 25, 2015 to Aug 27, 2015 | Washington, DC
Sep 14, 2015 to Sep 16, 2015 | Chicago, IL

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Frontlines & Op-Ed

Utilities Cutting Cord to Coal

It’s not personal. It’s just business.

Ken Silverstein

With coal’s troubles piling up, so too are stories about the industry’s “bleak” future in the United States – a casualty of cheap natural gas, thinning coal seams, and the pursuit of lower-carbon alternatives. Just as conspicuous: utilities, which have long allied themselves with the coal developers, are retiring their older coal units in droves.

The Driving Ambition of Elon Musk

An electric car in every driveway, a battery in every garage.

Ken Silverstein

Tesla’s Elon Musk is driving the electric car off the lot and onto the premises of America’s electric utilities, proposing to build and sell energy storage batteries on both a residential and grid-wide scale – ideas that the chief executive will fully flesh out at the Edison Electric Institute’s annual meeting in New Orleans this June.

Enron's Lessons

Are regulators managing market manipulation?

Ken Silverstein, Editor-In-Chief

Some will stray from ethical behavior. But markets must be regulated to maintain confidence.

Creative Disruption

Today’s technologies are causing utilities to rethink their business models.

Ken Silverstein, Editor-in-Chief

Fifteen years into the 21st Century, the utility industry is being asked to think forward, beyond 2050. To some, that's a bit of a stretch for a mostly regulated enterprise that has been producing power and sending the electrons reliably for the last 150 years or so. To many others, though, it's past time for an evolution.

The Reselling of Coal

Its future rests with new technologies – not outdated PR.

Ken Silverstein

If advanced coal generation is to reach fruition, then the coal sector will need a federal partner – one that it cannot afford to continue alienating.

The View from Here

What an editor learns about human nature.

Bruce W. Radford

For me, editing has always been about sharing the joy of learning with others.

Public Power Road Show

Sue Kelly’s ‘world tour’ brings APPA home.

Bruce W. Radford

There’s no one in the energy industry – and I mean absolutely no one – who is more on-message than Sue Kelly, now winding up her first year as CEO of the American Public Power Association.

A Merger Hits Home

Some thoughts on Exelon’s takeover of Pepco.

Bruce W. Radford

“Mr. Rigby says there’s no conflict between shareholders wanting the highest price and ratepayers wanting the best service … His view is illogical.” – Scott Hempling, attorney, in opposition.

$9 Billion at Risk

If PJM markets should lose demand response as a capacity resource.

Bruce W. Radford

The AEMA sees the self-help DR revolution as a key to America’s recent industrial renaissance: “If demand response is removed from wholesale markets,” the group says, then “the electric grid is back to the rotary phone.”

Fueling America's Economic Engine

New energy economy also relies on some old fossil friends.

 Ken Silverstein

It has not been public investments in sustainable fuels and modern tools that have led to the re-awakening of the U.S. economy. Rather, it’s been mostly private investment in shale gas development that has led to new capital formation, infrastructure development and jobs galore.

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