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Sep 29, 2014 to Oct 03, 2014 | Michigan State University, Lansing MI
Oct 01, 2014 to Oct 03, 2014 | Washington, DC

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Frontlines & Op-Ed

Catching Fire

Climate policy heats up after the Great Recession.

Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

GHG rules are coming soon. What happens next will depend on how states react.

Beyond the Meter

Protecting your base – while keeping options open.

By Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

The coming years will bring policy wrangling over distributed resources – what’s economic and what’s not.

Energy Efficiency Unknowns

Making efficiency programs work requires understanding real-world behavior.

Veronica Irastorza

Efficiency programs often fall short because they don’t account for human behavior. Systematic studies with randomized trials can bring better results.

Innovation Mandate

Meeting the just-and-reasonable standard in a time of change.

Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

Who can say for sure if markets are working? The landscape keeps shifting.

What Solar Success Looks Like

Managing the transition to a solar-powered future.

Julia Hamm

Solar energy has a bright future as part of America’s electric power industry. An orderly and beneficial transition will depend on strategic action.

Are Competitive Solicitations Actually Competitive?

Bidding, transparency, and foregone conclusions in Big Sky Country.

Travis Kavulla

PURPA wars are heating up again, and self-dealing conflicts are re-emerging. A Montana commissioner identifies weaknesses in supply procurement processes.

Productivity Plateau

A mature industry faces a worrying round of hype.

Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

Are we languishing, or working off a 20th-century legacy? Gartner’s hype cycle suggests the latter, as new technologies start producing value.

Energiewende

Nuclear fear and Germany’s headlong plunge into renewable energy.

Tim Echols

On a recent trip to Germany to study the country’s energy policy, the phrase “energy transition,” or “energiewende” as the Germans say, was on everyone’s mind. After all, this is an election year for Germany, and the country’s national energy policy has flipped traditional energy regulation on its head – bringing with it many new challenges. Germany’s leaders believe they will change the world because of it. Only time will tell.

Disruption on Wall Street

Financial executives contemplate the rise of distributed resources.

By Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

In a January 2013 report, EEI said fast-growing distributed energy could undermine the utility business model. Wall Street is paying attention.

For the People

Former Progress Energy CEO checks in from his new job at TVA.

Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

Fortnightly speaks with William Johnson, CEO of the Tennessee Valley Authority, about managing the country’s biggest government-owned power supplier.

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