electric utilities

FERC’s Move to Defend Competition Actually Hurts Competition

, Senior energy analyst

The FERC  (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) decision expected Thursday will allow PJM to counteract the intended effects of state energy policies supporting nuclear and renewable energy.  But the decision is expected to allow PJM to ignore a larger, and more common state policy protecting monopolies from competition. Read more >

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DTE wind energy facility in Huron County, MI Photo: James Gignac

What Will DTE’s Electricity Future Look Like?

, lead Midwest energy analyst

On June 20th, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) is holding a public forum and information session on an important electricity planning process involving DTE Energy’s electric subsidiary.

This is a key opportunity for residents and business owners to learn about—and share their views and input on—DTE’s long-term proposals for fulfilling customers’ electricity needs. Read more >

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Utilities Look Toward a Clean Energy Future, Yet the Administration Keeps Looking Back

, senior energy analyst

As the president and the coal industry continue to rely on dubious arguments to justify the idea of keeping economically struggling coal plants afloat, we began to wonder: what are electric utilities doing on the ground? Read more >

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A darkened Manhattan after Hurricane Sandy. Photo courtesy of David Shankbone.

Energy Storage is the Policy Epicenter of Energy Innovation

, Senior energy analyst

Battery advances—some from government-funded R&D for vehicles, some from laptops and cellphones—have opened a door. Read more >

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Clean Energy Leaders and Laggards: How Utilities Stack Up

, , Senior energy analyst

Utilities are lynchpins in moving us toward the clean energy future we need to see. But how quickly they’re helping us move in that direction varies greatly. A really useful new report from Ceres and Clean Edge looks at who’s leading and who’s lagging among U.S. utilities. Read more >

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