Calendar of Events

Sep 08, 2014 to Sep 10, 2014 | Chicago, IL
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

Rise of the Machines

Who’s afraid of the transactive grid?

Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

Smart grids and nodal markets spark the emergence of a transactional grid. In fact it’s already happened, and we’re just becoming aware.

Improving Capacity Markets

FERC decision on PJM mitigation is a model for other ISOs and RTOs.

Rich Miller and Raghu Sudhakara

Capacity markets have been a significant source of controversy since the inception of competitive wholesale markets. While there are many regulatory questions to be answered in constructing capacity markets, the primary goal of such markets should be to attract capacity that is competitively priced.

Reverse Robin Hood

Declaring war on non-utility PV.

By Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

Recently I’ve been hearing some utility executives use a new catchphrase: “reverse Robin Hood.” The phrase is shorthand for policies on net metering and green incentives that support rooftop photovoltaics (PV) at the expense of low-income customers. We’re “robbing the poor” to pay for rich people’s fancy solar systems.

Unleash the Genie

William Massey

Former FERC Commissioner Bill Massey says we shouldn't bottle the genie of competition as Fortnightly author Doug Jones advocated in May 2013. Instead, he says, the genie's shackles should be removed so market forces can produce maximum efficiency and value for customers.

In the Situation Room

Presidential attention raises the priority level for cybersecurity.

By Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

Have industry leaders and regulators turned a corner on efforts to make the grid more secure?

Energy Efficiency's False Hope

Only behavioral change will reduce energy consumption.

Andrew Rudin

Standards and technology don't reduce energy consumption, despite the claims of efficiency zealots. Real energy savings only come through behavioral change.

Old School Microgrid

Resilience depends more on determination than technology.

By Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

A brutal storm ripped through southwestern Minnesota in April and snapped 2,000 power poles. Worthington Public Utilities kept the lights on with a seat-of-the-pants microgrid.

Elevated Risk

In an open letter to directors, IBM’s energy security lead recommends appointing a senior executive with authority to effect cultural change.

Andy Bochman

Achieving security requires a new office in the C-suite. An open letter to utility directors.

No Going Back

Free markets are not a fad.

By Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

Half-hearted deregulation hobbles the forces of supply and demand before they can get out of the gate.

Learning from the States

Energy strategy outside the Beltway.

Thomas J. Sloan

National policymakers will find allies in state legislators who are focused on how to improve the environment and maintain service reliability.