Why We Will Never Reach Our Smart Grid Goals

Michael Giberson Stephen Hadden and Shannon Messer, writing at Energy Central/T&D Automation: The concept of an intelligent electric utility infrastructure or “Smart Grid” is attracting wide interest among utilities, consultants, regulators, and other utility stakeholders. The widespread interest, however, is accompanied by widely differing expectations about when Smart Grid will emerge. Some consultants and vendors … More Why We Will Never Reach Our Smart Grid GoalsMore Why We Will Never Reach Our Smart Grid Goals

Alaska Natural Gas Line Ready to Take Off, Just As Soon As Politicians Get Things Sorted

Michael Giberson Word is, the Alaska natural gas pipeline is just about ready to get started. The thing is, it has been just about ready for 30 years. In the Energy Tribune, Alaska-born Ron Oligney diagnoses the problems that have kept progress on the Alaskan gas line at bay. Posturing by populist politicians plays a … More Alaska Natural Gas Line Ready to Take Off, Just As Soon As Politicians Get Things SortedMore Alaska Natural Gas Line Ready to Take Off, Just As Soon As Politicians Get Things Sorted

Google’s Renewable Energy Investments

Lynne Kiesling Google’s blog has a post describing their new investment in BrightSource Energy and linking to lots of background information on their renewable investments. BrightSource does large-scale solar. This is part of Google’s RE < C initiative, through which they channel their investments with an objective of making renewable energy cheaper than coal-fueled energy. … More Google’s Renewable Energy InvestmentsMore Google’s Renewable Energy Investments

Wind Power’s Growth in the U.Ss.

Lynne Kiesling The WSJ Environmental Capital blog has been doing a great job of keeping up with the wind power industry in the U.S. lately. Today’s post about Iberdrola’s planned investment in wind power in the U.S. is a good summary, with links to some of their other recent posts on the subject. How to … More Wind Power’s Growth in the U.Ss.More Wind Power’s Growth in the U.Ss.

Go Penguins!

Lynne Kiesling Early in third period, Penguins 6, Flyers 0. Marian Hossa has 1 goal and 3 assists. He is my new BFF. UPDATE: On to the finals! This is the first time since 1992, which is a series I remember fondly (and for which I still have a t-shirt!). Woo hoo! Technology and the … More Go Penguins!More Go Penguins!

Triathlon Training Update at the Beginning of the Season

Lynne Kiesling A casual weekend post … I know that some KP readers are fellow triathletes, and I appreciate your interest in my training and racing plans. Here’s a summary, with more below the fold. Race plans. I am doing two triathlons this summer: the Tri Shark sprint triathlon on 7 June and the Pleasant … More Triathlon Training Update at the Beginning of the SeasonMore Triathlon Training Update at the Beginning of the Season

FERC Proceedings Continue for Alleged Gas Market Manipulator

Michael Giberson At yesterday’s open meeting of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Commissioners established a hearing to determine whether Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. and its affiliates engaged in market manipulation in violation of FERC rules. At stake is a possible penalty of over $200,000,000 in proposed fines, recovery of “unjust profits”, and interest. As … More FERC Proceedings Continue for Alleged Gas Market ManipulatorMore FERC Proceedings Continue for Alleged Gas Market Manipulator

Are Oil Prices Too High?

Michael Giberson No doubt consumers think oil prices are too high. For the moment I’m wondering if oil prices are too high even for OPEC. High prices induce a number of adjustments, some of which have long term repercussions. Last time there was an oil price shock at all comparable to the present was around … More Are Oil Prices Too High?More Are Oil Prices Too High?

Why Are Food Prices So High?

Michael Giberson We’ve played the food-into-fuel answer to the title question in previous posts, but Ajay Shah posts a deeper, more thoughtful explanation in which biofuel subsidies and mandates just barely warrant a mention. He is not persuaded by the hypothesis that the “pike in world food prices is caused by increased demand in China … More Why Are Food Prices So High?More Why Are Food Prices So High?

Parents, Talk to Your Kids About Petroleum

Michael Giberson You don’t want them picking up their ideas about oil on the streets: And the education must begin early, he told a luncheon crowd of industry professionals at OTC. “When we don’t inform our children about petroleum facts,” he said, “someone else is going to do the job for us.” “He” is Abe … More Parents, Talk to Your Kids About PetroleumMore Parents, Talk to Your Kids About Petroleum