Michael Giberson [UPDATE: Pickens now says he is delaying, not dropping plan to build his wind farm.] Boone Pickens is dropping his plan to build a huge, 4,000 MW wind power farm in the northeast corner of the Texas Panhandle. Among the reasons: his plan to build his own transmission line fell through, the transmission … More Pickens New Plan: Not to Build the World’s Largest Wind Power Farm
Michael Giberson The chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Gary Gensler, has announced that the agency will hold a series of meetings in July and August to consider how it can use its existing statutory authority to “ensure the fair, open and efficient functioning of futures markets.” The first of the meetings will focus … More CFTC to Consider Position Limits on Energy Futures Contracts
Lynne Kiesling Seriously, how am I going to get any work done if the Tour de France continues to be this exciting? Holy cow! No spoilers here, but yowza.
Lynne Kiesling Recently the Economist included a thorough smart grid story in their Technology Quarterly issue; if you are looking for a good overview of the state of play in smart grid at a high level, this story will give you that background, running the gamut from distribution automation to interoperability standards. Another recent overview … More The Economist, Computer World on Building the Smart Grid
Lynne Kiesling Want some evidence for why technology mandate legislation is fraught with difficulties? This New York Times article on innovation in incandescent light bulb technology is a datum: When Congress passed a new energy law two years ago, obituaries were written for the incandescent light bulb. The law set tough efficiency standards, due to … More Innovation in Incandescents