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

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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

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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

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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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Going Local: How Municipalization EmPOWERs Communities

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While municipalization is certainly not for everyone, the demand for locally-owned products and services is on the upswing. The millennial generation is more disposed to support clean energy, wants more choice in its energy decision-making, and may favorably view government intervention to achieve these goals. All these factors increase the growth potential for public power as a business model, and a way of life, in communities across America.

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Grid Security: Can We Have the Whole Picture Please?

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When it comes to grid security, media outlets are apt to transform the mundane into the sensational. Consider the Wall Street Journal’s July 17 story on new standards for physical security of the bulk electric grid. The WSJ story, in search of controversy, actually buries the lead, which is that FERC directed NERC to submit this standard and is now is taking public comment on its plan to approve NERC’s proposed standard.

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