March 2010 – Energy Regulation Trendwatch Click here to download printer friendly PDF STATE UTILITY COMMISSIONS PLAY GROWING ROLE IN SMART GRID Recent developments surrounding Boulder’s SmartGridCity highlight some of the challenges inherent to addressing national energy priorities within state-level regulatory constituencies. In approving a rate [Read More...]
January 2010 – Energy Regulation Trendwatch Click here to download printer friendly PDF DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ISSUES FINAL RULE ON LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM The Department of Energy (DOE) issued the final rule amending regulations for the Loan Guarantee Program, which Congress established to stimulate the [Read More...]
ENERGY: MAKE THE SMART GRID WORK FOR VIRGINIANS Richmond Times-Dispatch When President Obama announced $3.4 billion in new federal grants to upgrade the nation’s power grid last month, he did so amid many references to 21st century technology. A “smart” power grid based on new technology will be [Read More...]
SELLING SMART GRID TO AMERICANS Norfolk Virginian-Pilot President Obama’s recent announcement of $3.4 billion in grants to help modernize the nation’s energy grid was steeped in references to 21st-century technology. But the program’s inspiration is actually rooted in the beginning of the last century. As [Read More...]
November 2009 – Energy Regulation Trendwatch Click here to download printer friendly PDF ENERGY DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES $3.4 BILLION IN SMART GRID INVESTMENT GRANTS President Obama on October 26 announced $3.4 billion in grant awards for Smart Grid modernization. The nation’s largest such investment to date, funded [Read More...]
Next Steps For Smart Grid Issue Brief Smart Grid technology is coming. Over the next few years 17 million American homes will be equipped with advanced electric meters enabling two-way digital communication between your home and your utility. It’s not a moment too soon because [Read More...]
Energy Regulation Trendwatch Click here to download printer friendly PDF DOE MOVES OUT WITH LOAN PROGRAMS The federal Department of Energy has begun awarding up to $30 billion in loan guarantees for renewable energy projects. The agency announced its first, $535 million guarantee [Read More...]
Why Nuclear Power Is Part Of America’s Future Issue Brief If you’re a Democrat or Independent, you may have one prejudice that doesn’t embarrass you a bit: you dislike nuclear power. Gallup polls consistently find that about 59% of Americans overall support the use of nuclear power, but [Read More...]
Moving Forward On Smart Grid Research Study New information technologies make it possible to put in place a “smart grid” capable of two-way communication and many more functions to control supply and demand. A smart grid can help prevent black-outs, give consumers up-to-the-minute information on [Read More...]
Climate-Change Initiatives Must Be Affordable Issue Brief The day after his inauguration, President Barack Obama awoke to find himself in charge of a government that is spending 25% of gross domestic product but taking in only 17%. At least, that’s what the Congressional Budget Office [Read More...]
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