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There was a great turnout on March 8 for the USEA Women in Energy Roundtable to celebrate International Women’s Day. H...
04/30/2019

There was a great turnout on March 8 for the USEA Women in Energy Roundtable to celebrate International Women’s Day. Held at USEA headquarters in Washington, D.C., the panel discussed challenges and opportunities for women working in energy, how to ascend into leadership roles, education and career paths, overcoming obstacles, and how to increase diversity and gender balance within organizations and board rooms.

CERAWeek is a massive five-day conference on global energy issues that attracts national leaders and ministers, too many...
04/29/2019

CERAWeek is a massive five-day conference on global energy issues that attracts national leaders and ministers, too many chief executives to count, and this year, Public Utilities Fortnightly. Some of the days are devoted to international oil and gas markets, but Thursday is traditionally power day, so we made sure to be there then.

We listened to the chief execs of CenterPoint Energy, CMS Energy, Edison International, Exelon Utilities, Florida Power and Light and New York Power Authority on topics of great interest in our world such as electrification, digitization, rate design, regional transmission operator developments, resilience, smart cities, and customer demands. On their panels were mayors, leaders of non-utility and tech companies, and major vendors like ABB.

NRECA at U.S. Senate Russell BuildingNot just because there were chocolate and vanilla cupcakes offered, the PUF team at...
04/28/2019

NRECA at U.S. Senate Russell Building

Not just because there were chocolate and vanilla cupcakes offered, the PUF team attended the congressional staff briefing, “The Economic Impact of America’s Electric Cooperatives,” in an ornate conference room of the U.S. Senate’s Russell Office Building, on March 6. We walked by the offices of several U.S. Senators on the way to the briefing, and settled into good seats, in time for the presentations.

America’s electric cooperatives have 67,800 employees and an additional 100,600 individuals as direct contractors. Wow, that’s 168,400 direct jobs, plus there’s another 443,400 indirect and induced jobs.

Of particular interest were the remarks of the cooperative leaders from rural Indiana and Virginia. For instance, the leader from the cooperative for the farm country of Bath County, Virginia, talked about cooperatives’ central role in enriching the commerce and culture of their communities – with broadband and solar power deployment – to retain young people in those communities especially.

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04/28/2019

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration on January 24 released its Annual Energy Outlook 2019 in Washington, D.C. at ...
03/29/2019

The U.S. Energy Information Administration on January 24 released its Annual Energy Outlook 2019 in Washington, D.C. at the Bipartisan Policy Center. It was all business for the anticipated event that presents yearly modeled projections and analysis of energy topics, now through 2050.

A key takeaway is that the United States will become a net energy exporter in 2020 and remain so through 2050 due to large increases in crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas plant liquids production, coupled with slow growth in U.S. energy consumption. The power sector experiences a notable shift in fuels used to generate electricity, driven in part by historically low natural gas prices. More natural gas-fired electricity generation; larger shares of renewables; and retirements of less economic coal and nuclear plants occur through 2050.

03/28/2019

The Association of Energy Service Professionals, or AESP, held its 29th annual conference in San Antonio on January 21 – 24. If you weren’t able to attend, these pics give you a flavor of the event.

PUF was invited to a lunch sumptuous in both its food and its entertainment, the latter a Smart Cities & Communities Rou...
03/28/2019

PUF was invited to a lunch sumptuous in both its food and its entertainment, the latter a Smart Cities & Communities Roundtable. This one was entitled Spectrum of Possibilities: 5G and Smarter Telecommunications Infrastructure. The panel featured experts like Major General Robert Wheeler, U.S. Air Force, Retired, who served as deputy chief information officer at the Department of Defense, where he led cybersecurity modernization in critical national security systems. Another step for the Dentons Smart Cities & Communities Think Tank, which has conceptualized fourteen key pillars for analysis to "capture essential city structures, services, and goals and to include all key stakeholder voices," such as energy, transportation, water, wastewater and waste, buildings and city planning, health and safety, investment and economic development, telecommunications, and cyber and physical security.

The PUF team celebrated Thomas Alva Edison’s birthday on February 11 at NARUC’s Winter Policy Summit at the first Fo...
03/26/2019

The PUF team celebrated Thomas Alva Edison’s birthday on February 11 at NARUC’s Winter Policy Summit at the first Fortnightly State of State Regulation Luncheon. Moderated by PUF’s Steve Mitnick, attendees had a good time listening to the lively discussion with panelists Leo Denault, Entergy CEO; Arshad Mansoor, Electric Power Research Institute senior vice president, research and development; Elin Swanson Katz, NASUCA president; and Edward Finley, NCUC chair. This event was not sponsored by NARUC nor was it part of the NARUC Policy Summit agenda.

NARUC’s 2019 Winter Policy Summit was held February 10-13 in Washington, D.C. A resounding success under the leadershi...
03/26/2019

NARUC’s 2019 Winter Policy Summit was held February 10-13 in Washington, D.C. A resounding success under the leadership of NARUC president Nick Wagner, the Summit boasted some 1,500 attendees. FERC commissioners spoke alongside representatives from Department of Energy and other federal agencies. Senator Lisa Murkowski wrapped up the insightful line-up of panelists and speakers. Enjoy this look at the 2019 Winter Policy Summit!

The U.S. Energy Association presented its 15th Annual State of the Energy Industry Forum on January 24, 2019 at the Nati...
03/04/2019

The U.S. Energy Association presented its 15th Annual State of the Energy Industry Forum on January 24, 2019 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. More than 200 guests heard from distinguished leaders in the energy industry including from associations, lawmakers, regulators, influencers, diplomats, thought leaders and journalists.
A variety of topics were addressed including challenges and opportunities for the energy industry, upcoming electricity issues and fossil fuels. The forum also explored the impact of technology innovation on the industry and its effect on production and delivery.

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03/04/2019

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The Gas Committee in session.
12/31/2018

The Gas Committee in session.

Daniel Froetscher, executive VP of operations at Arizona Public Service Company, was the AEIC Annual Meeting keynote spe...
12/31/2018

Daniel Froetscher, executive VP of operations at Arizona Public Service Company, was the AEIC Annual Meeting keynote speaker.

Back to Brooklyn: PUF’s Steve Mitnick, who began with an electrical engineering degree from Brooklyn Tech High School,...
12/31/2018

Back to Brooklyn: PUF’s Steve Mitnick, who began with an electrical engineering degree from Brooklyn Tech High School, returned to near the Brooklyn Bridge to observe the first Energy Hackathon of the American Association of Blacks in Energy on November 16-17, 2018. National Grid headquarters in Brooklyn hosted the Friday evening session and across the street the New York University Tandon School of Engineering hosted the Saturday session.

Ambitious students from NYU and other regional colleges came to compete, each on one of the teams, to innovate solutions for emergency recovery, energy storage in cities, energy efficiency in low-income communities, etc.

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12/31/2018

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What do you see in electric and gas utility operations and digitization? Take our quick survey: http://ow.ly/Q1Dc30mBshw
11/13/2018

What do you see in electric and gas utility operations and digitization? Take our quick survey: http://ow.ly/Q1Dc30mBshw

For the PUF team, one of our favorite events that we attend annually is the Veterans in Energy Forum, hosted this Octobe...
11/01/2018

For the PUF team, one of our favorite events that we attend annually is the Veterans in Energy Forum, hosted this October at NRECA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. Aside from hearing throughout the day the friendly inter-service rivalry – oorah vs. hooah vs. hooyah – everyone is treated to the thinking of several industry leaders on everything from today's energy challenges to the barriers and accomplishments of integrating more of our great military veterans into the energy industries.

Utilities and other energy companies are a real good fit for veterans, for their post-service careers, and veterans are a perfect fit for energy companies because veterans offer a service ethic, teamwork, discipline and a can-do attitude. Oorah. Hooah. Hooyah.

The 2018 Exelon Innovation Expo held August 16, 2018 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. was the coo...
09/28/2018

The 2018 Exelon Innovation Expo held August 16, 2018 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. was the coolest place to be on a hot day. With a theme of Reinventing Energy in Our Cities, Exelon, setting a goal to reduce its emissions from internal operations by fifteen percent by 2022, brought together municipal and technology leaders for a convergence of thought panels and employee displays that championed the latest in building truly energy-efficient, smart cities.
Opening remarks were made by Tyler Anthony, COO, Pepco Holdings; Bill Von Hoene​, Sr. executive v.p. and chief strategy officer, Exelon; and Chris Crane, CEO of Exelon.
The cities of Baltimore, Chicago, District of Columbia and Philadelphia were represented in a panel on reinventing energy in our cities, and the guest speaker of the day was Muriel Bowser, Mayor of the District of Columbia.

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09/28/2018

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USEA Chair Vicky Bailey
02/12/2018

USEA Chair Vicky Bailey

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02/12/2018

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A smart warehouse full of growing plants. Lettuce, kale and other leafy greens.If you saw the movie The Martian you’ll...
01/31/2018

A smart warehouse full of growing plants. Lettuce, kale and other leafy greens.

If you saw the movie The Martian you’ll get the idea right away. But on a much bigger scale. And not on Mars, but in Newark, New Jersey.

AeroFarms is an agriculture company that uses vertical farming to produce 130 to 390 times the output of a conventional farm. It’s all done indoors under LED lights. The lights shine at a specific intensity and spectrum that’s tailored to each plant.

The plants are stacked on racks thirty feet high, in containers using cloth instead of soil and a light mist instead of water. Sensors in the trays collect 30,000 data points to track how the plants grow. If the kale isn’t sprouting at a certain light spectrum or oxygen level, the farmers can tweak the settings for the next batch.
Every year, AeroFarms will produce up to 30 harvests and yield two million pounds of greens.

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