Monday Jun 24, 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - USA
Data Informed´s Marketing Analytics and Customer Engagement provides marketing, sales, and customer support managers with the information they need to create an effective data-driven customer strategy. more...
Monday May 20, 2013
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Stowe, Vermont - USA
Legal Essentials for Utility Executives: May 19 to 25, 2013 and October 6 to 12, 2013 This rigorous, two-week course will provide electric utility executives with the legal foundation to more fully understand the utility regulatory framework, the role of more...
Microgrids may be a hot topic among those forecasting key future trends shaping the world's energy infrastructure, but few significant state-of-the-art commercial microgrids are actually up and running in North America, the world's leading market for microgrids.
While the total installed capacity of emerging "second generation" marine hydrokinetic resources -- a category that includes wave, tidal stream, ocean current, ocean thermal and river hydrokinetic resources -- was less than 10 MW at the end of 2008, a recent surge in interest in these new renewable options has generated a buzz, particularly in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, Portugal, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, among other countries.
We Californians pride ourselves in being smart leaders on energy and environmental issues. While our stellar reputation on innovative energy policy was besmirched by the energy crisis fiasco of 2000-2001, people in the know still look to California for leadership on the cutting edge energy issues of the day.
Wind power emerged as one of the fastest growing electricity source in the world during the past decade and a half. Total worldwide capacity now stands at over 47,000 megawatts (MW). The total US capacity is expected to grow to almost 9,000 MW by year's end, enough "green" electricity for over 2 million US homes.
The vast majority of new power plants coming on line today are fueled by natural gas, the cleanest of fossil fuels. But prices for this fuel have more than doubled over the past few years because drilling for new supply has been hampered by a variety of factors, including the Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY) syndrome.
Having witnessed first-hand the fiasco of California's electricity market restructuring, I am happy to report that Texas has done a far better job. State consumers saw bill savings in excess of the mandated 6% included in Texas restructuring law approved by former governor - and now president -- George W. Bush.
California's hapless experiment with deregulating electricity supply played a key role in bringing Arnold Schwarzenegger to power. It was former Gov. Gray Davis' tepid response to the ballooning energy crisis of 2000-2001 that stuck in more than a few voters minds as they voted on the recall.
One of the few success stories to emerge from California’s ill-fated experiment with restructuring its power market is solar power. Over the last two years, installations of this clean non-polluting energy source have increased by 1,000 percent.
The US economy is sputtering. With war inching closer each day, even more severe damage to financial markets looms on the horizon. This is very bad news for the companies that build power plants – including those pushing the renewable energy technologies of the future.