Pickens new plan: Not to build the world’s largest wind power farm

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

CFTC to consider position limits on energy futures contracts

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

The Economist, Computer World on building the smart grid

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