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Regulatory change and the smart grid | Intelligent Utility

Regulatory change and the smart grid | Intelligent Utility | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Phil Carson, columnist for Intelligent Utility Daily, interviews a David O'Brien from Bridge Energy Group on regulatory changes to support grid modernization.

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Duane Tilden's curator insight, January 13, 2013 1:21 AM

The knottiest issue is how to balance risk between ratepayers and shareholders when you look at smart grid investments. [...] We're not going to let ratepayers bear this risk. 

 

It's a conundrum for the industry as a whole. Traditional rate-making methodology is a cost-plus exercise in which the utility gets its investment back plus a rate of return set by regulators. It was established many decades ago and premised on investment in largely stable, known commodities (poles & wires as compared to digital switches and advanced IT).[...]

 

IU: Which stakeholders could or should drive these sorts of changes? 

 

O'Brien: That is the question, the heart of the matter. [...] I've given this some thought and the best I can come up is that industry—the smart grid industry—could probably do more, along with the investor-owned utilities, to find some way to be more constructively engaged with the regulatory community. 

 

 

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Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth

Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

If we can't plead stupidity, what else is there? How do we live with ourselves? Is it all the stuff we buy that manages to numb our brains and consciences?

 

When I see a headline like this one at Bloomberg today, World Needs Record Saudi Oil Supply as OPEC Convenes, there’s just one thought that pops into my head: what the world needs is for us to stop doing this thing we’re doing. Even apart from peak oil concerns, it’s obvious we’re going to run out at some point or another, and it doesn’t matter whether that’s tomorrow or at some other point in the future, though we do know it’s not going to take another 100 years, or even 50.

 

And nothing will ever take the place of oil; once those unique carbons are gone, that’s it, we’ll have to find a completely different way of running our societies, and if we’re not smart enough to prepare for that beforehand, we’ll be cats fighting in a sack and use the last scraps to kill off each other. And our legacy won’t be the Greek thinkers and Picasso and Dostoyevsky and Walt Whitman and Maria Callas, since there won’t be the means for our children anymore to share what makes man great between them. Our main legacy will instead be bloodshed, we will have gone the exact same path that any non-thinking or even primitive organism would have taken, who don’t have opera or philosophy or poetry to their name.

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DEP: Oil and gas operations damaged water supplies 209 times since end of ’07

DEP: Oil and gas operations damaged water supplies 209 times since end of ’07 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Oil and gas operations have damaged Pennsylvania water supplies 209 times since the end of 2007, according to official determinations compiled by the Department of Environmental Protection that the agency is preparing to release for the first time. State environmental regulators are planning to post the information on DEP’s website this month, but an early version of the spreadsheet was provided to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in response to an open records request. The spreadsheet lists the 209 affected water supplies by county, municipality and the date regulators concluded that activities related to oil or gas extraction were to blame for contaminating or diminishing the flow to a water source. The document does not disclose property owners’ names or addresses and it does not detail
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Massive raid to help Yurok tribe combat illegal pot grows

Massive raid to help Yurok tribe combat illegal pot grows | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The California National Guard on Monday joined more than a dozen other agencies to help the Yurok tribe combat rampant marijuana grows that have threatened the reservation's water supply, harmed its salmon and interfered with cultural ceremonies.
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Northwest wildlife refuges to phase out pesticide

Northwest wildlife refuges to phase out pesticide | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(AP) â€" Federal wildlife refuges in the Northwest and Hawaii will phase out a class of pesticides that are chemically similar to nicotine because they pose a threat to bees and other pollinators key to crop growth. The agency's pest management policy calls for pest-killing methods that pose the least risk to wildlife, and there is scientific evidence that neonicotinoids kill bees and other pollinators, said Kim Trust, the agency's deputy regional director of refuges. Neonicotinoids are commonly applied as a coating on seeds such as corn, wheat, barley and soybeans planted on refuges both as commercial crops and to benefit wildlife, according to Fish and Wildlife Service documents on the ban.
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The U.S. Neglects Its Best Science Students

The U.S. Neglects Its Best Science Students | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Educators must do a better job of spotting talented kids early, encouraging them and challenging them
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Teen's death puts focus on caffeine powder dangers

Teen's death puts focus on caffeine powder dangers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A few weeks before their prom king's death, students at an Ohio high school had attended an assembly on narcotics that warned about the dangers of heroin and prescription painkillers.
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Eating probiotics regularly may improve your blood pressure

Eating probiotics regularly may improve your blood pressure | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Eating probiotics regularly may modestly improve your blood pressure, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.
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Healing the heart with fat

Healing the heart with fat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Too much dietary fat is bad for the heart, but the right kind of fat keeps the heart healthy, according to a paper published in The Journal of Experimental Medicine.
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Poor teens' health may benefit from top schools

Poor teens' health may benefit from top schools | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A study suggests that disadvantaged teens may get more than an academic boost by attending top-notch high schools—their health may also benefit.
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Sewage treatment contributes to antibiotic resistance

Sewage treatment contributes to antibiotic resistance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wastewater treatment plants are unwittingly helping to spread antibiotic resistance, say scientists.
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Kingston, Jamaica hybrid project to harness sun and wind

Kingston, Jamaica hybrid project to harness sun and wind | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A hybrid energy project in Kingston, Jamaica, aims to satisfy the need for money-saving renewable energy. U.S.-based WindStream Technologies recently announced the wind solar hybrid installation commissioned on the rooftop of a Kingston, Jamaica, law firm. The WindStream Technologies installation consists ...
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Firefighters battle wild blazes in Spain

Firefighters battle wild blazes in Spain | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Spanish firefighters on Saturday battled forest blazes that have destroyed hundreds of hectares of parched land and forced scores of people from their homes, authorities said.
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Water problems lead to riots, deaths in South Africa

Water problems lead to riots, deaths in South Africa | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Three babies who died from drinking tap water contaminated by sewage have become a tragic symbol of South Africa's struggle to cope with a flood of people into cities designed under apartheid to cater to the tiny white minority.
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Families Sick From Fracking Exposure Turn to Concerned Scientists | InsideClimate News

Families Sick From Fracking Exposure Turn to Concerned Scientists | InsideClimate News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This report is part of a joint project by InsideClimate News and the Center for Public Integrity. Like people in other regions transformed by the shale energy boom, residents of Washington County, Pennsylvania have complained of headaches, nosebleeds and skin rashes.
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Drier than the Dust Bowl: waiting for relief in rural America

Drier than the Dust Bowl: waiting for relief in rural America | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As wide swaths of rural America suffer through historic drought, they're being left further behind.
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WASHINGTON: US pork producers' use of drug may derail European trade deal | Business | NewsObserver.com

WASHINGTON: US pork producers' use of drug may derail European trade deal | Business | NewsObserver.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
R.C. Hunt, who has raised pigs for 50 years in North Carolina, offers no apologies for a common practice in the US pork industry: mixing feed with a controversial drug that makes the animals grow leaner in the final weeks of their lives.
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Part One: The Rivers that run through it: A basin of toxins (With video)

Part One: The Rivers that run through it: A basin of toxins (With video) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Blooms of blue-green algae spread across Lake Erie late every summer like a plague of slime, the vivid green coating so thick its soup-like texture can...
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Bio- Un safety Level 3: Could the Next Lab Accident Result in a Pandemic?

Bio- Un safety Level 3: Could the Next Lab Accident Result in a Pandemic? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
So-called gain-of-function pathogen research will likely receive closer scrutiny after three U.S. biolab incidents
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Parents rank their obese children as 'very healthy'

Parents rank their obese children as 'very healthy' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A University of California, San Diego School of Medicine-led study suggests that parents of obese children often do not recognize the potentially serious health consequences of childhood weight gain or the importance of daily physical activity in helping their child reach a healthy weight.
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Potential new flu drugs target immune response, not virus

Potential new flu drugs target immune response, not virus | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The seriousness of disease often results from the strength of immune response, rather than with the virus, itself. Turning down that response, rather than attacking the virus, might be a better way to reduce that severity, says Juliet Morrison of the University of Washington, Seattle. She and her collaborators ...
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Risk of antibiotic overuse in aged care settings

Risk of antibiotic overuse in aged care settings | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Antibiotics are being overused in residential aged care facilities (RACFs), and more integrated efforts to improve antibiotic prescribing practices need to be introduced, researchers say. 
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Missing sleep may hurt your memory

Missing sleep may hurt your memory | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lack of sleep, already considered a public health epidemic, can also lead to errors in memory, finds a new study by researchers at Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine.
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Using 'Big Data' approach to map relationships between human and animal diseases

Using 'Big Data' approach to map relationships between human and animal diseases | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Liverpool's Institute of Infection and Global Health are building the world's most comprehensive database describing human and animal pathogens, which can be used to prevent and tackle disease outbreaks around the globe.
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Replacing coal and oil with natural gas will not help fight global warming

Replacing coal and oil with natural gas will not help fight global warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Both shale gas and conventional natural gas have a larger greenhouse gas footprint than do coal or oil, especially for the primary uses of residential and commercial heating.
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Australia carbon tax repeal a 'perfect storm of stupidity'

Australia carbon tax repeal a 'perfect storm of stupidity' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Australia's axing of its carbon tax and a plan to replace it by offering incentives to polluters to increase their energy efficiency is 'the perfect storm of stupidity', scientists and academics argue.
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Researchers provide guide to household water conservation

Researchers provide guide to household water conservation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Want to conserve water and save on your utility bill? A paper co-written by an Indiana University researcher and published in the current issue of the journal Environment can help.
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