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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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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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