A Climate Report Provides Direction for Legislators

One way to stop the polite conversation at a neighborhood get-together is to mention something like the United Nations. That's why I have lots of trepidation in mentioning it here. In an energy blog, it must be mentioned, though. The UN's climate…

Pipes and Hydrogen Go Together

2,702 pages later, on the table is a federal infrastructure bill. “The bipartisan package would include about $550 billion in new spending on roads, bridges, airports, waterways, broadband, water systems and the power grid.” (Source) That…

Climate Change – What’s in a Name?

An energy and environmental news story appeared in North Carolina that ought to get more coverage. I’ll add my effort to that. There’s consensus on resilience, but don’t say ‘climate’ is a good look at the issue of climate debate…

The Future of Coal, and a Question

The decline of coal as a power generation source gains velocity. I thought about this while reading that a Missouri-based utility, Ameren, will probably mothball its second-largest coal plant rather than operate it until 2039 as planned. (Source) A…

Check Iowa for an Interesting Energy Plan

I like to point out energy activities that are positive. I saw that when I read through the Iowa Energy Office material, so I am sharing it. There’s always something to learn from others. Iowa seems to have really thought-through its approach. What…

RTOs - Just Alphabet Soup?

If in doubt, make it difficult. I see it time and again in business. The more complex a problem, the more difficult the solution must be. The electric industry is complex – getting power safely made and delivered takes care. We make it complicated…

A Somber Labor Day Note

This is a tough Labor Day for two Alabama families whose young men died while restoring power after Hurricane Ida. The deaths happened Tuesday. The men worked for North Carolina-based Pike Electric. Pike does engineering, construction, maintenance,…

Hurricane Ida Calling: “Snap Out of It!”

Hurricane Ida cut through infrastructure, including electricity facilities, like a buzzsaw. It may also cut through complacency some have about changes in our environment and the need to strengthen our power grid. Ida may mark a mental block…

Labor Day 2021 – Commit to Retraining

“Play to your strengths” is a common expression and could be an energy business slogan for Labor Day 2021. The transition in the industry – from fossil to renewable energy, from analog to digital, from all centralized to more, smaller…

When is Decarbonizing Not Decarbonizing?

Companies are squeezing the carbon footprint from their plants and processes, especially utility companies. For instance, a New Jersey company, Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), will sell its 6,750 MW fossil-fuel plant portfolio for $1.92…