Mike Jacobs

Some sales efforts work from a false starting point. Some try to lead the gullible consumer by pretending to share an insider’s secret with them. Some fall back on old slogans. The U.S. Chamber of...

Another day, another false study of the costs and benefits of the EPA Clean Power Plan. Energy Ventures Analysis (EVA) has provided its now familiar “analysis” of “actual costs...

This is the season in the Northeast U.S. for power outages . Severe weather caused widespread damage to the electric power system during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and early snow caused significant...

New energy storage technologies can make electric grids better as batteries become part of the electricity supply. Huge markets for storage and self-supporting micro-grids are coming, and not because...

The news today of a large solar plant in Texas tells a story about the future of energy in a place with a rich energy past. Electricity provider Luminant announced a 116 MW power purchase with a...

Wind farms and solar arrays are setting new records for low energy prices, with wind under 2 ½ cents and solar under 4 cents when conditions are right. These are cheap prices, given electricity from...

In the past year, utility organizations went to the microphones to call out the EPA for making the draft Clean Power Plan without adequate time or attention on grid reliability. There were numerous...

Much heat and smoke has been produced over the EPA Clean Power Plan rule. PJM, the grid operator serving the region from Chicago, through the Ohio Valley to Washington D.C. and Norfolk finds no need...

You know the cliché about work that can be 59 minutes of boredom and one minute of white knuckle excitement and danger? In the electric power industry, this happens when a major power plant loses its...

From the Papal encyclical: “In some places, cooperatives are being developed to exploit renewable sources of energy which ensure local self-sufficiency and even the sale of surplus energy. This...

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