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Smart Meters Are Smart Enough to Protect Your Privacy

Since 2012, utilities in the United States have set up more than 43 million Advanced Meter Installations (AMI), aka “smart meters” in homes and businesses, and more such meters are being installed every day. Why smart meters? What can they do and not do? Do they threaten your privacy? Do they give others control over how you use electricity? Let’s find out.

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A Revolution in the Making: Rethinking Electricity in the Next 50 Years


Smart grids have become agents of far-reaching change, allowing us to make informed choices about the utilization of precious resources. They will help guide our investments in infrastructure and technology, create more intelligent regulatory frameworks, and help us rethink how electricity will be generated and delivered over the next 50 years.

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Mission Impossible? DOE Aims to Develop National Energy Plan by January 2015

Mission Impossible

On January 9, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the Administration to conduct the first Quadrennial Energy Review, focusing on energy infrastructure and identifying related threats, risks, and opportunities. The perplexing part is that in one breath this Administration wants a greater emphasis on infrastructure, and in the next breath they are talking about taxing municipal bonds.They cannot have it both ways.

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Public Power Concerns Shared at EPA Power Plants Hearing


On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a proposed rule, under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil-fueled power plants. I shared the American Public Power Association’s perspective on the proposed rule at a public hearing in Washington, D.C. and reiterated our key concerns.

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