The Biggest Power Producer in Each State – There is a Lesson Here

What is the largest power producer in each state? What is the fuel source for the largest power producer in each state? ...basic questions whose answers provide energy lessons. For the record, these ideas came from Kent Knutson, an energy specialist…

World Disorder Hits Your Corner Gasoline Station

Every event in Ukraine spawns a dozen ancillary stories. Energy is near the top of that list. Our readers will see (have seen) the biggest energy issue reflected in the price of gasoline. This past Saturday (March 5) the national average…

Small Businesses Can Decarbonize, and Benefit, too

Big companies are decarbonizing their operations. I wrote about that recently, citing Costco’s efforts. What about the millions of small and midsize companies, which don’t have the resources of large companies? “They need support,”…

Nuclear Power: Two Energy Stories, One Conclusion

Serendipity. Two energy stories appeared at about the same time and tell a big story.  These are the headlines: Nuclear power is on the rise. And it could be the best way to nail zero-emissions. 3 states with shuttered nuclear plants see…

Offshore Wind Energy – Don’t Let Gigawatts Become “Giga-waits”

Offshore wind generation is a big topic and can be a big power source. Many states and companies are interested. So is the U.S. government. Check the map of wind prospects below. Now crank that up to include all coastal states. “The National…

States Advance the State of Energy - Transforming Existing Technology

In my state-breakthrough columns the past two days I highlighted the way some states are outpacing national policy about advanced nuclear energy technology. As I said, for a realistic perspective on action in energy, look to states, not national…

States Advance the State of Energy - Transportation

In my state-breakthrough column yesterday I highlighted the way some states are outpacing national policy about advanced nuclear energy technology. As I said, national infrastructure and energy thinking get lots of press, but for a realistic…

States Advance the State of Energy - Advanced Nuclear Technology

National infrastructure and energy thinking get lots of press. For a realistic perspective on action, look beyond the TV networks and big news magazines. State and local news sources tell a different story; these places are making bigger…

Texas’ Test in the Recent Cold Snap Was More of a Pop Quiz

Texas had a February 2022 cold snap about a year after its killer freeze of 2021. The 2022 test was more of a pop quiz than a test. Or, “Last year we had a heavyweight come into the ring and just knock the crap out of us. And this year, we…

An Energy Choice – Right Thing or Red Tape Thing?

Let’s get more layers of bureaucracy. Great idea. The Carolinas are looking at that as a possibility for the electric system. It is even part of some political campaigns. I see some regional transmission organizations (RTO) growing into…