Electricity is the Mother Network

Electricity is the Mother Network

A reliable electric grid What kind of grid do we want? That can be a huge question. Nuclear energy: yes or no? Renewables: yes or no? In considering the grid we want, there are many areas for disagreement. In contrast, most people will agree that the lights should go...
A FERC ruling and its opponents

A FERC ruling and its opponents

To my delight, a recent FERC ruling was fair in its treatment of nuclear power and other generating systems. (FERC is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.) Unfortunately, it’s hard to explain a FERC ruling because all FERC rulings come with a long...
Hope, Panic, and the Grid

Hope, Panic, and the Grid

As the summer winds down, dangerous things are happening on the grid. As an example, nobody thinks the California rolling blackouts are over.  As a matter of fact, it might not be too far-fetched to say, “If you are hopeful about the grid right now, you aren’t paying...