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Dear Hawaii: Read Your Mail Before Your Utility Sells Out

John Farrell | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
John Farrell

If your electricity--generated from imported oil--is the most expensive in the country and your solar resource is terrific, you'd expect your electric...

The Hole in Brian Potts' WSJ Critique of the "Solar-Panel Craze"

John Farrell | Posted 05.27.2015 | Green
John Farrell

In his Sunday Wall Street Journal commentary on May 17, Brian Potts suggests that cost is the bottom line in the electric customer shift to solar, and that solar costs too much. But his defense of the utility's view of energy costs leaves a big hole in the big picture: the value of solar energy.

Can Utilities Survive the 21st-Century Energy Market?

James Stafford | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
James Stafford

The electric utility is at a crossroads. Facing flat electricity demand and a sudden insurgent campaign from rooftop solar, the large, centralized utility company is entering a new era. The smarter utilities are moving with the tide rather than fighting it.

U.S. Utilities: For or Against a Green Future?

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 04.27.2015 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

Most adventuresome new car buyers are skipping electric cars for now and buying another gas-powered vehicle to tide them over until the problems of range and public charging are solved. Clearly, the EV charging market requires standards.

The Uber Effect on Electricity

Llewellyn King | Posted 04.06.2015 | Business
Llewellyn King

Who pays the cost of maintaining the grid while the rooftop entrepreneur uses it at will? Short answer: everyone else.

A $48 Billion Opportunity for U.S. Electric Customers

John Farrell | Posted 04.01.2015 | Green
John Farrell

A 2.0 utility business model that doesn't accommodate this opportunity for local, equitable access to energy production and management will leave many U.S. electricity consumers deeply unsatisfied.

Nuclear Giant Exelon Blasts Wind

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Elliott Negin

Exelon's brazenly dishonest campaign against wind and other renewables has outraged environmentalists and nuclear watchdog groups. But it also has aroused the ire of some of its own industry fraternity members.

Value of Solar Tariffs (VOSTs) Are Value of Solar Taxes

Anne Smart | Posted 05.28.2014 | Green
Anne Smart

The Commission voted to value solar above the retail rate, and to allow solar customers to receive compensation at that rate for the power they produce. It may sound like a sweet deal for solar, but the reality is that VOSTs are a major red flag.

Avoiding a Solar Black Eye

Chris Warren | Posted 09.30.2012 | Green
Chris Warren

A different approach to quantifying the very real value of going solar would be wise. At the very least, solar companies should jettison the practice of using past rate increases to predict the future, something that is far too common these days.

Dan Froomkin

Power Plays Preceded Storm's Power Outages | Dan Froomkin | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the wake of Friday night's freak storm, people in the nation's capital aren't talking about power as a metaphor. They're talking abou...

Power Plants Don't Have to Suck (Literally)

Steve Fleischli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steve Fleischli

Collectively, the power industry sucks in approximately 80 trillion gallons of water annually to cool their equipment. In the process, they kill on a massive scale fish, larvae and other aquatic organisms.