Special energy section in today’s NYT

Lynne Kiesling

This special energy section in today’s New York Times has a lot of interesting articles, especially if you are curious about the business aspects of renewable energy. I particularly learned a lot from the article about control room operators, how they do their jobs, and how they and reliability standards have had to evolve to adapt to the changing wholesale power market environment. I think the article underplays (or does not acknowledge) the coordination and reliability benefits that can come from distributed, decentralized digital intelligence and using prices and transactions to coordinate and balance flows along with the control room operations. But the window into those windowless rooms is informative.

Hat tip to Ron Bailey, who writes further about the article on the disappointment of green jobs in the special energy section.