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Best way to improve electric grid security: Build more solar microgrids

Rooftop solar communities may soon become the latest line of cybersecurity defense for America’s vulnerable electric utility industry, providing emergency power for local consumers while supporting the grid in the event of an attack-based outage. Indeed, a key recommendation in a recent President’s National Advisory Infrastructure Council report on cybersecurity and the grid is that […]

December 19th

Hurricane Florence: Our leadership is failing us on infrastructure

After seeing the recent devastation that Hurricane Florence and her remnants wrought upon the Carolinas and parts Virginia, two things need to be addressed: Why do hurricanes occur during the so-called “hurricane season”? And, why are hurricanes getting bigger and stronger? By Vangie Williams Hurricane season begins after the summer has heated the water and air. And threefactors determine just how bad hurricanes can get: extra moisture, […]

September 21st

That California dam that almost failed spectacularly last year? It’ll cost over $1 billion to fix

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has revealed that its cost estimate to construct the main and emergency spillways at Oroville Dam has ballooned from $200 million in the early days of the spillway crisis to $1.1 billion. By Dan Bacher Critics of DWR’s handling of the spillway crisis, a fiasco that resulted in the evacuation of nearly 200,000 residents […]

September 18th

How to beat a pipeline

As anyone who opposed Keystone XL between 2008 and 2016 knows, stopping a major pipeline isn’t exactly easy even when the president actually cares about the environment. With fossil-fuel–fetishizing Donald Trump in charge, it should be even harder. And yet we’ve seen major setbacks for three significant pipeline projects: the Nebraska section of the Keystone XL […]

August 24th

Taking California back to the bad old Enron days – Just say NO to AB 813!

A press conference and rally on the south steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento Wednesday featured actors playing Governor Jerry Brown and President Donald Trump lying together in a bed full of oil and coal in front of a large banner that proclaimed, “Jerry Brown: Don’t Submit to Trump, No More Coal, No More Drilling.” The skit, accompanied by speeches from representatives […]

August 16th

Electric vehicles: What to consider when planning for EVs

What should electricity system regulators keep in mind as electric vehicle ownership and infrastructure both continue to grow, impacting communities and the electricity system locally and statewide? This month, we had an opportunity to submit comments to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commision to inform a regulatory process overseeing the rapid growth of electric vehicles. By Marie Donahue Institute […]

August 9th

West Coast electric highway provides a model for the nation

At Yes! Magazine, Erika Lundahl writes—The West Coast Electric Highway Enables Zero Emission Road Trips By Meteor Blades The West Coast Electric Highway—one of the longest electrified corridors in the world—is demonstrating that electric vehicles are here for the long haul. In 2008, the West Coast states of California, Oregon, Washington and the province of British Columbia all […]

July 22nd

Letting free enerprise repower Puerto Rico’s energy future

The state of Puerto Rico’s electricity system remains deeply troubling, but restoration efforts offer a light at the end of the tunnel. Now is the time to start talking about what comes after power restoration: repowering Puerto Rico’s energy institutions. Doing so will require deep thinking on the role of government in electricity policy. By […]

December 30th

Infrastructure: Trump’s plan will turn the US into a toll-booth economy

John Buell writes on labor and environmental issues from his home in Southwest Harbor, Maine. His most recent book, published by Palgrave in August 2011, is Politics, Religion, and Culture in an Anxious Age. By Meteor Blades At CommonDreams, he writes—Will Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Become Another Attack on Democracy? Converting public things into private goods reinforces a trend toward corporate […]

December 29th