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The 130th NARUC Annual Meeting and Education Conference was held November 11-14 in Florida. Attendees were greeted with ...
12/31/2018

The 130th NARUC Annual Meeting and Education Conference was held November 11-14 in Florida. Attendees were greeted with aloha and leis by staff at Loews Royal Pacific Orlando and with the theme of Powered Together, Tapping the Water-Energy Nexus, that spirit of camaraderie remained throughout the conference.

The meeting was a huge success with attendees across our industries brought together to discuss the most pressing issues of the day. Enjoy these snapshots of the experience.

AEIC’s 134th Annual Meeting featured employees from AEIC member companies presenting innovative programs and new techn...
12/31/2018

AEIC’s 134th Annual Meeting featured employees from AEIC member companies presenting innovative programs and new technologies that their companies are implementing to enhance electric system operations and to better serve customers.

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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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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USEA Chair Vicky Bailey
02/12/2018

USEA Chair Vicky Bailey

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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.

Thomas Edison called his lab in Menlo Park "the invention factory." But in 1887, Edison built a massive campus for his s...
11/02/2017

Thomas Edison called his lab in Menlo Park "the invention factory." But in 1887, Edison built a massive campus for his scientists and engineers in West Orange and moved everyone there. The world’s first R&D institution, the Wiz worked at what is now the Thomas Edison National Historical Park until his death in 1931. PUF’s Steve Mitnick was given a special tour of the beautifully-preserved labs in October and took these cool pics.

PUF Editor-at-Large Pat McMurray attended this annual event, held this year on October 16-17 in Washington DC. The agend...
11/02/2017

PUF Editor-at-Large Pat McMurray attended this annual event, held this year on October 16-17 in Washington DC. The agenda was packed as usual, for this gathering at the Renaissance Hotel, with outstanding speakers on the most pressing energy issues and the role of the industry’s legal community. EBA president Robert Weishaar, of McNees, Wallace & Nurick LLC, opened the conference.

Speakers included: Pacificorp’s Stefan Bird, Dynegy’s CEO Robert Flexon, LPPC president John DiStasio, NYSERDA CEO Alicia Barton, EPA deputy general counsel David Fotouhi, NARUC assistant general counsel Jennifer Murphy, MISO executive vice president Richard Doying, AEP executive vice president Charles Patton, FERC Chair Neil Chatterjee, Southern California Edison senior vice president Caroline Choi, FERC Commissioner Rob Powelson, and many others.

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NRECA hosted the third annual Veterans in Energy conference to boost the recruiting and advancement of the nation’s ve...
10/31/2017

NRECA hosted the third annual Veterans in Energy conference to boost the recruiting and advancement of the nation’s veterans at utilities and other energy organizations. As in the first two years, the conference was heavily attended by chapters of veterans at a number of utilities and by utility execs who recognize the great fit of vets in utility jobs.

Execs and managers from Arizona Public Service, Coles-Moultrie Electric Coop., Con Edison, EEI, EPRI, MidAmerican Energy, NRECA and TVA, served as speakers. Plus, Energy Secretary Rick Perry added his views on the value of vets in energy.

PUF Editor-in-Chief Steve Mitnick attended the annual American Association of Blacks in Energy's Energy Policy Summit, h...
10/31/2017

PUF Editor-in-Chief Steve Mitnick attended the annual American Association of Blacks in Energy's Energy Policy Summit, held this year on October 16-17 in Washington DC. The agenda was packed as usual, for this gathering at the National Press Club, with outstanding speakers on the most pressing energy issues and the role of the industry’s African-Americans. AABE CEO Paula Glover opened the conference.

Speakers included: Energy Secretary Rick Perry, FERC Commissioner Rob Powelson, API CEO Jack Gerard, EEI CEO Tom Kuhn, AGA CEO Dave McCurdy, AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan, SEIA CEO Abigail Ross Hopper, Exelon senior vice president William Von Hoene, and many others.

PUF attended the historic first open meeting of FERC after its long period without a quorum. There were shout-outs to Co...
10/23/2017

PUF attended the historic first open meeting of FERC after its long period without a quorum. There were shout-outs to Commissioner LaFleur and Staff for enduring the quorum-less time. And optimism from her and the two new commissioners about working as a team going forward. These brief vids will give you a feel for the atmosphere in the room.

Christi Tezak, Managing Director, Clearview Energy Partners; Clint Vince, Chair, Energy Sector, Dentons US LLP; Colleen ...
10/23/2017

Christi Tezak, Managing Director, Clearview Energy Partners; Clint Vince, Chair, Energy Sector, Dentons US LLP; Colleen Newman, Principal, Abingdon Strategies LLC

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AESP Summer Conference - Sheraton Centre - Toronto, Canada
09/27/2017

AESP Summer Conference - Sheraton Centre - Toronto, Canada

Puerto Rico Ruined Grid
09/25/2017

Puerto Rico Ruined Grid

PJM Grid 20/20
09/19/2017

PJM Grid 20/20

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09/05/2017

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SEPA CEO Julia Hamm giving her 51st State “State of the State” address.
09/05/2017

SEPA CEO Julia Hamm giving her 51st State “State of the State” address.

USEA’s Dee Bhambhani and NARUC’s Kerry Worthington.
08/29/2017

USEA’s Dee Bhambhani and NARUC’s Kerry Worthington.

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08/14/2017

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PUF attended the National Conference of the American Public Power Association, APPA, held in Orlando, Florida, on June 1...
08/01/2017

PUF attended the National Conference of the American Public Power Association, APPA, held in Orlando, Florida, on June 19 and 20, 2017. Along with 1,500 other attendees. APPA is the voice for not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. Among the many sessions and activities, the annual passing of the torch of chairing APPA took place, from Andrew Boatright of Independence Power & Light (Missouri) to Wally Haase of the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (Arizona). And the annual awards were given including the Alex Radin Distinguished Service Award to Paula DiFonzo of New Braunfels Utilities (Texas) and Gil Quiniones of the New York Power Authority.

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