Already an early-adopter in the fight against climate change, California has taken another step to bolster its reputation by more quickly reducing its emissions of greenhouse gases.
Building on the success of the previous administration, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed an executive order in late April that will ramp up the path toward lower emissions. READ MORE
When it comes to public opinion, nuclear power has run the gamut from a promising new source of plentiful electricity to a nightmarish, sci-fi-like technology that should be shunned, lest the entire planet suffer a meltdown.
Now, the industry has apparently recovered from such memorable, recent accidents as Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima, and achieved general, widespread acceptance. READ MORE
As smart-grid technology deployment expands, the technical needs of utilities become more sophisticated. One of the potential beneficiaries of this trend is a platform that allows utilities to unify all of the vast amounts of data that they receive. Known as advanced distribution management systems (ADMS), the market for this technology appears ready to expand. READ MORE
California, long considered a pioneer of renewable-energy technologies, has lagged in one area.
By various accounts, the Golden State has not done much to advance the role of demand-response programs in meeting its overall energy needs. That trend may be coming to an end with a rule recently adopted by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). READ MORE
Innovation and entrepreneurialism are driving forces in the age of renewable power and digital technology. When it comes to thinking outside of the box, the city of Portland, Ore., has a well-earned reputation. READ MORE
In the global battle against climate change, renewable targets have been an indispensable weapon. National, state and local governments have set targets for renewable power and continue to raise the bar as those targets are met. While many people dream of a world powered by 100 percent renewable sources, only a few of the world’s governments have approached or reached that milestone. READ MORE
Last fall, the Obama administration trumpeted a joint announcement with China to aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For its part, the United States committed to cutting net greenhouse gas emissions 26–28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. READ MORE
All the hype surrounding smart grid technology masks a painful reality: Change is often disruptive. While the evolution of digital technology in the energy sector hasn’t always been easy for consumers, it is equally challenging for utilities. READ MORE