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Creative Disruption

Fifteen years into the 21st Century, the utility industry is being asked to think forward, beyond 2050. To some, that’s a bit of a stretch for a mostly regulated enterprise that has been producing power and sending the electrons reliably for the last 150 years or so. To many others, though, it’s past time for an evolution.

Clean Power Plan: Has EPA Overstepped?

While it must be noted that the constitutionality of EPA newly-claimed authority to take control of the U.S. Electrical Grid is still in doubt, it is still worth asking the EPA why they gave up on "Cooperative Federalism," especially given its historical successes.

McConnell Maligns Clean Power Plan

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, is now asking the states to disregard the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, saying it is economically disadvantageous. His calculus, however, fails to consider the financial gains from investments in modern technologies.

How Real is the New Energy Economy?

Energy economics are changing, especially as newer and more distributed technologies are enabling customers to generate their own power. The question is is to what extent utilities will embrace prospective changes and whether they will see new market opportunities as a result.

Fossil Fuels Firing Back

The movement to divest from fossil fuels that is being led by some of the nation’s leading universities is misguided and fails to recognize that oil, natural gas and coal have increased living standards around the globe.