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May10

California and PA Pipeline Forecast Summer Energy Dialogue

Posted by Christina Simeone

The April 29 explosion on Spectra’s Texas Eastern natural gas pipeline in western Pennsylvania’s Westmoreland County has implications for the electric power grid and the public is going to start asking questions. Namely, have we become more vulnerable in the age of gas? Be prepared to hear more about gas supply...

Apr28

Highlights from FERC’s 2015 State of the Markets Report

Posted by Christina Simeone

As part of its energy market oversight responsibilities, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) annually publishes its “state of the markets” report.  In mid-March, FERC released its 2015 market report focusing on electricity and natural gas market activity. Below are just some of the takeaways from the...

Apr25

Opportunity Remains as CEO Mavericks Fall Short

Posted by Christina Simeone

What do SunEdison’s CEO Ahmad Chatila, NRG’s David Crane and Shell’s Marv Odum have in common? Your first responses might be bankruptcy, being ousted or failure. And you wouldn’t be wrong.  You also wouldn’t be totally right. These leaders gambled big because they know the game (theory that is). SunEdison, once...

Apr21

Pennsylvania Highlights the Local Debate on Nuclear Waste Storage

Posted by Christina Simeone

Communities across the country might be surprised over how little say they have about the nuclear waste being indefinitely stockpiled in their neighborhoods. The United States government planned to develop a centralized facility to store in perpetuity (think hundreds of thousands of years) the high-level radioactive...

Apr19

Gas Trust Fund to Help Communities Faces Uphill Battle

Posted by Mark Alan Hughes and Christina Simeone

It’s hard to make a deal when two sides have little trust in each other. So, society has developed many ways of overcoming distrust: contracts define remedies, treaties have inspectors, suspects post bonds.   The Brookings Institution’s new report, “Permanent Trust Funds: Funding Economic Change with Fracking Revenues...

Apr12

Grid Assurance LLC to Offer Resiliency Subscriptions to Major Utilities

Posted by Christina Simeone

Electric “grid resiliency” – or “the ability to adapt to changing conditions and prepare for, withstand, and rapidly recover from disruption” - has increasingly become an operational and policy concern for utilities in light of extreme weather events, cyber or physical attacks, geomagnetic storms and an aging...

Apr08

Put Your Money Where the Risk Is

Posted by Mark Alan Hughes

April 6, 2016 My main takeaway from the rollout of the Greater Philadelphia Energy Action Team’s new “A Pipeline for Growth” report is this: the use of the word “molecules” in any discussion of energy policy should be avoided at all costs. It strikes me as the oral equivalent of trying to look smart by putting on a...

Apr07

Emergency Plans Needed for the Power Grid in the Age of Gas

Posted by Christina Simeone

The massive, multi-month gas leak in California’s underground Aliso Canyon storage facility has major implications for millions of California’s electricity users, with state regulators warning of up to 14 days of planned electricity blackouts this summer. In the new age of gas, are electricity systems prepared to...

Apr05

Blue Skies over Beijing

Posted by Angela Pachon

When I think of pictures of Beijing, for example prior to the 2008 Summer Olympic games or those images shown in the 2015 documentary film Under the Dome, by Chai Jing, the last thing that comes to my mind are blue skies. This may change in the near future. According to Matt Kahn, Professor of Economics at the...

Apr04

PUCO Rules Against Competitive Markets

Posted by Christina Simeone

On March 31, the Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO) issued orders approving power purchase agreements (PPA) with FirstEnergy (FE) and American Electric Power (AEP) owned coal and nuclear plants, sending ripple effects of controversy throughout stakeholders in the 13-state PJM grid footprint. The 8-year term PPA’...

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