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Energy Collision Coming: Technology Evolved, Why Haven’t Utilities?

, Senior energy analyst

Our modern economy depends on electricity, the miracle technology of the 19th century.  Many old policies and practices of the electric utility industry have stuck with us into the 21st century.  Electricity has had heroes and villains along the way, as well as enormous accomplishments of engineering, public service and safety.  While economics and public attitudes have changed about many things since the first electric bill was sent in January 1883, there are tools and techniques, as well as attitudes in the utility industry that do not change as much.  To serve society and maintain a healthy environment, we need a utility industry open to modern ideas and new approaches.

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Getting to 100% Clean Energy—and the Grid Operators that Stand in the Way

, Senior energy analyst

Who is in charge, and where are they leading us? Read more >

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Bringing Energy Storage to Energy Markets

, Senior energy analyst

Excitement over storing electricity, and expectations for new market rules in the US, promise great changes in energy. Instead of hype and speculation, this blog offers a preview of those market changes. Read more >

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Energy Storage Should Be an Urgent National Priority

, director of gov't affairs, Climate & Energy

Imagine if the US had these three things: access to unlimited electricity from clean sources everywhere in the country, an electricity grid impervious to outages and electricity prices that were even cheaper than they are today.  These aspirations can become reality with advancements in energy storage.

This technology was developed right here in the good ole’ US of A, but unfortunately, the US is now falling behind other countries in this increasingly lucrative global market, and our outdated electric grid is growing more vulnerable to increasing threats like cyber-attacks and extreme weather.  So how do we regain our leadership in this critical technology, and how can we increase the development and deployment of energy storage here at home?  The answer is innovation.

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Infrastructure in the Trump Congress: We Must Build for the Future, Not the Past

, director of gov't affairs, Climate & Energy

Getting this wrong is not an option; and if recent history is any indication, we can’t expect Congress to get it right on its own. Read more >

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