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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
Oct 06, 2014 to Oct 08, 2014 | Los Angeles, CA

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Why is Electricity Use No Longer Growing?

Steven Nadel and Rachel Young

Demand growth has been declining steadily now for some 50 years. But why: Price? Self Generation? The Great Recession?

Exelon Buys 21 MW of Fuel Cells from Bloom Energy

Exelon agreed to buy fuel-cell power plants with 21 MW of capacity that Bloom Energy plans to install at 75 corporate sites in four states. Commercial customers including AT&T will purchase the electricity for each plant’s ability to provide power locally with less pollution and more reliability than the grid. Fuel cell generators produce electricity where it’s consumed from natural gas through a chemical reaction that produces fewer carbon emissions than plants that burn fuel.

Curing the Death Spiral

Seeking a rate design that recovers costs fairly from customers with rooftop solar.

Mark Lively and Lorraine Cifuentes

Load research data shows how utilities can levy a demand charge to recover costs fairly from residential customers with rooftop solar.

Wireless Sensor Technology

Equipment health monitoring for the modern utility.

Ramesh (“Rudy”) Shankar

Wireless sensors open new, novel applications for utilities, replacing expensive cabling network options to sense incipient equipment failures.

Waiting for the Next Polar Vortex

How recent events could prove a harbinger of winters to come.

Judah Rose

The winter of 2013-14 offered up a perfect storm of natural gas price spikes and threats to electric reliability. Expect more of the same.

Unwinding the Death Spiral

Rooftop solar, net metering, and the perils of utilityspeak.

Bruce W. Radford

The Sierra Club accuses utilities of trying to snuff out rooftop solar. Attorney Donald Sipe recommends RTO/ISO markets for natural gas.

Next-Gen Nuclear

Tomorrow’s options for low-carbon baseload generation.

John A. Bewick

The nuclear renaissance might be postponed, but technologies continue advancing. The next generation of plants will apply innovation for safety, efficiency, and modularity.