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The United States Energy Association held its fourteenth annual State of the Energy Industry Forum on January 18 at the ...
02/12/2018

The United States Energy Association held its fourteenth annual State of the Energy Industry Forum on January 18 at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.

Panel Two, moderated by PUF Editor-in-Chief Steve Mitnick, featured the CEOs of the American Public Power Association, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Electric Power Supply Association and American Council on Renewable Energy, the Chair of the Utilities Technology Council, and a VP of the
Nuclear Energy Institute.

Topics debated included the resiliency NOPR, electrification, and grid modernization. The CEOs of the Edison Electric Institute and American Wind Energy Association were also at the forum, on other panels.

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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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11/01/2017

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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.

The Dentons Energy Outlook series highlights the most significant geopolitical events, trends, policy developments and t...
10/23/2017

The Dentons Energy Outlook series highlights the most significant geopolitical events, trends, policy developments and technological advances impacting the global energy sector. Some of those trends include the demands of increasingly informed and active consumers, concerns over security and reliability of energy production and delivery systems, and the entry into the marketplace of asymmetrical competitors who are challenging traditional energy companies to rethink the traditional paradigms.

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The Summer Conference of the Association of Energy Services Professionals, held this year north of the border, was entit...
09/27/2017

The Summer Conference of the Association of Energy Services Professionals, held this year north of the border, was entitled: ‘Times They Are EE-Changin.’ Paraphrasing Bob Dylan.

The host was Alectra Utilities, which serves municipalities north and west of Toronto.

Sessions included “Ingredients for a Delicious Meter-Based Restaurant Program,” “What’s Hiding Behind the Meter and How to Access Its Power,” “Indoor Cannabis Production – the Next Efficiency Opportunity,” “Including the Commercial Kitchen Sink: Engaging Customers to Maximize Savings Through Whole Building Renovation,” and “Beneficial Electrification Strategy and Deployment Approaches for Electric and Gas Utilities.”

Puerto Rico’s ruined electric grid, from Hurricane Maria, is shown in these pics of San Juan on Friday, sent to us fro...
09/25/2017

Puerto Rico’s ruined electric grid, from Hurricane Maria, is shown in these pics of San Juan on Friday, sent to us from our friend (and occasional Public Utilities Fortnightly author) Tomas Torres. Tomas is executive director of the Institute of Competitiveness and Economic Sustainability of Puerto Rico.

From this devastation, the people of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, are doing without refrigeration, modern cooking and water supply, air-conditioning, lighting, cell phones, etc. In these pics, you can see that the transmission and distribution system is as broken as the felled concrete pole in the one photo.

PJM Grid 20/20
09/19/2017

PJM Grid 20/20

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09/05/2017

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The Smart Electric Power Alliance, SEPA for short, billed this big event as the grid evolution summit. Given how fast th...
09/05/2017

The Smart Electric Power Alliance, SEPA for short, billed this big event as the grid evolution summit. Given how fast things are changing, it might have been called the grid revolution summit. All the talk was about the future and the promise of emerging technologies. As these pics show, so many key voices driving change were there leading the discussions and debates.

Sure, San Diego was also hosting the humongous Comic-Con event at the same time. A hundred and thirty thousand fans of c...
08/29/2017

Sure, San Diego was also hosting the humongous Comic-Con event at the same time. A hundred and thirty thousand fans of comics, science-fiction and movies. But the best conference in town was the NARUC Summer Policy Summit. As these pics show, utility regulation and policy people really have an epic time when they gather, collaborate and debate. We are the superheroes making the utilities universe safe and affordable for all the planets' populations.

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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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08/01/2017

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PUF’s Pat McMurray, Editor-at-Large, and Steve Mitnick, Editor-in-Chief, attended the Exelon 2017 Innovation Expo on J...
07/28/2017

PUF’s Pat McMurray, Editor-at-Large, and Steve Mitnick, Editor-in-Chief, attended the Exelon 2017 Innovation Expo on June 27, along with twenty-seven hundred Exelon employees. Yes, twenty-seven hundred! Across the Exelon companies, from Atlantic City, to Baltimore, to Chicago, to the District of Columbia, to Philadelphia, to Wilmington DE, and beyond.

We spent the day talking with many of the young and diverse men and women that are leading the way for our industry. We took a ton of pics too; more like two tons.

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