Posts Tagged “Deregulation”


Better Know Your Electricity History Series, Part 7: Crisis and Innovation

Better Know Your Electricity History Series, Part 7: Crisis and Innovation

Since the first incandescent light bulb lit up streets in 1879, electricity has been as indispensable a tool as fire. As a science and technology, it leap-frogged humans from the Industrial age to the Electronics Age to the Information age. As an industry, it has played both [...]

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Better Know Your Electricity History Series, Part Six: FERC and the Path to Deregulation

The first incandescent light bulb lit up streets in 1879, but took 50 years for electrical service to enter only a fraction of American homes. Innovation and entrepreneurial genius expanded service across the country — only to be short-circuited in the 1920's and 1930's by [...]

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Better Know Your Electricity History Series, Part Five: Rules and Regulations

[caption id="attachment_16340" align="alignright" width="254"] President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Image courtesty of https://en.wikipedia.org[/caption] Even though the first incandescent light bulb lit up streets in 1879, it took 50 years for electrical service to enter [...]

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Better Know Your Electricity History Series, Part Four: Technology and Utilities

[caption id="attachment_16076" align="alignleft" width="241"] Samuel Insull, inventor of the powerpool grid and entrepreneur. Image courtesy of wikipedia.org.[/caption] When Thomas Edison first lit streets with an incandescent light bulb in 1879, it took 50 years for ele [...]

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Better Know your Electricity History Series, Part Three: Rural Electrification Act

Next up in our Better Know your Electricity series is focusing on the Rural Electrification Act. The Rural Electrification Act was one of the most important parts of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. It was passed by Congress in 1936 to give those in rural Americ [...]

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Better Know Your Electricity History Series, Part Two: The War of Currents

[caption id="attachment_15875" align="alignleft" width="300"] Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and George Westinghouse. Images courtesy Wikipedia[/caption] When Thomas Edison’s successful, long-lasting incandescent light bulb first lit streets in 1879, it took 50 years for [...]

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Checkin’ Out the Cold: Our 2014-2015 Winter Weather Outlook

[caption id="attachment_15380" align="alignright" width="300"] Wintertime El Nino Pattern image courtesy of the ENSO Blog at Climate.gov[/caption] Much of the weather forecasts for this winter have relied upon the emergence of a weak El Niño this winter. There's just bee [...]

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The US Natural Gas Outlook for 2014-2015 Winter

Natural gas as a generator fuel dominates four of seven areas in the United States. Texas and the Western States rely on natural gas for more than 50%. Florida uses nearly 70%. And over 95% of the fuel consumed in the Northeastern states (including New York) for generating e [...]

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Texas, ERCOT, and the Electricity Outlook for Summer 2014

[caption id="attachment_14279" align="alignright" width="300"] Image Air_Conditioners_2865.JPG By Alvimann courtesy of Morguefile.com[/caption] According to predictions from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) meteorologist Chris Coleman, the chances are v [...]

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CREZ: How it will Impact Texas and Affect You

The Competitive Renewable Energy Zone transmission projects - also known as CREZ - were authorized by the Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Texas in 2008 to solve the problem of getting 18,456 megawatts (MW) of power generated by wind farms in west Texas to the bigger citie [...]

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