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Oct 20, 2014 to Oct 23, 2014 | Orlando, FL
Oct 27, 2014 to Oct 31, 2014 | Clearwater Beach, FL
Nov 05, 2014 to Nov 06, 2014 | Las Vegas, Nevada

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The Efficiency Mandate: Storage Goes Mainstream

New business models make energy storage attractive.

Michael T. Burr

Utilities are leaving no stone unturned in their search for ways to save electricity. Federal incentives will support new technologies and projects, but can those incentives overcome structural barriers that stand in the way of major efficiency improvements? editors explore challenges and opportunities arising from the new efficiency mandate.

Real-Time Control

Engaging customers will require more than TOU pricing.

Lester B. Lave

Imagine a setback thermostat programmed at the factory that the consumer couldn’t modify. Who would want this device? You could give the customer a big enough discount to get her to accept the device, but she would be happier and you could save about as much energy if the customer could decide on the temperature and time settings.

Paying for the Green Grid

Subsidies might not be the best solution for interconnecting renewables.

Jonathan Schneider

Supporters of renewable energy are seeking to socialize the cost of a new interstate highway system for transporting green power. But utilities and transmission owners will build or finance new transmission systems to serve economic demands. Policy makers shouldn’t pre-ordain the direction of industry progress.

Five Nuclear Challenges

Building reactors requires new federal commitment.

Glenn S.K. Williams et al.

Several key barriers prevent the construction of a new U.S. nuclear power fleet. These barriers must be overcome to prevent a power-shortfall emergency.

Goodbye Safe Haven?

Risk avoidance drives utility stock performance.

Jeffrey W. Miller, Michael Rutkowski et al.

Utility stocks historically have been a safe haven, a stable, long-term investment for widows and orphans. However, with banks collapsing and the economy falling into a recession, utility stocks as a whole recently have performed poorly, with our portfolio of 75 companies losing $200 billion in market value in 2008.

Redefining PV Capacity

Effective metrics give solar its due credit.

Richard Perez, et al.

Photovoltaic (PV) power generation is an intermittent, non-dispatchable resource generally considered as energy-only with no capacity credit. However, there is ample evidence that solar energy reliably is available at peak demand time when loads are driven by day-time commercial air conditioning, and can contribute effectively to increasing the capacity available on a regional grid.

Wooing the Western Wind

How a move to bring power markets to the Great Plains has uncovered a crisis in grid planning.

Bruce W. Radford

They call the United States the “Saudi Arabia of Wind.” That’s due in large part to the huge potential of the Great Plains. But there’s a hole in the metaphor. Wind power development in some parts of the prairie is falling short of expectations.

Clear Skies for Gas

Unconventional sources brighten the U.S. supply outlook.

Henry R. Linden

The future of natural gas supplies in the United States looks promising due to rising projections of recoverable resources, including unconventional production. A strong supply outlook bodes well for using natural gas as a low-emission transportation fuel.

The New Gas Wisdom

Unconventional gas sources put a ceiling on future prices.

James C. Hendrickson and Dan Gabaldon

Unconventional gas and LNG are changing the outlook for future gas prices.

Back to Gas

Utility turbines bridge the capacity gap.

Scott M. Gawlicki

Utilities are turning to natural gas as a bridge fuel, and to support non-dispatchable renewables.

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