Author Archives: kbmasis

“The Great Debate” for regulatory utility commissioners

Want to influence the adoption of renewable energy in Montana?  Do you care what principals guide our Public Service Commissioners?  For a start, take a look at the agenda of the The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) annual … Continue reading

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“Saving Snow”

“Saving Snow” documentary on the economic effects of our warming winters, shows March 5, 2018, 7pm, free, at the ArtHouse Cinema & Pub, Billings.  Panel following. Sponsored by the Sierra Club and Citizens’ Climate Lobby of Billings. We’ll be there … Continue reading

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Energy Mapping

Wow!  The U.S. Energy Administration publishes State Profiles and Energy Estimates at U.S. Energy Information Administration. These profiles include energy indicators, prices, reserves, supply and distribution, consumption and expenditures, and “environment” data. What’s in the environment data?  Renewable energy capacity, utility … Continue reading

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Never mind FERC, we are building the grid of the future

“As feds focus on baseload, grid modernization is sweeping the country” according to Herman Trabish’s feature story in today’s Utility Dive. “Fifty States of Grid Modernization,” a 2017 policy update from the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center reports on a … Continue reading

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Dr. Keeling’s Curve

George Shea published a video of his play (1 hour, 17 mins), Dr. Keeling’s Curve,  on YouTube in February 2017.   Based at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Dr. Keeling measured carbon dioxide levels around the earth, starting in 1958.  In … Continue reading

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Social cost of carbon used by States in energy decisions

According to Peter Fairley, August 14, 2017, in Inside Climate News,                   “The climate metric, maligned by the Trump administration, helps build the cost of future climate harms into state electricity plans and … Continue reading

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Reliability of the grid

The National Academies Press  just published “Enhancing the resilience of the nation’s electricity system.” Electric power transmission and distribution reliability are critical to our “safety, productivity, comfort, and convenience.”  The electric power system has vulnerabilities that we would do well to … Continue reading

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