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Capacity Factor – A Key Determinant of the Value of a Power Plant

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor One area I find in our classes that we often spend time discussing is the concept of capacity factor.  This is important because it describes how often a given power plant is … Continue reading

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Energy Workforce Development: Training Programs Help Fill Industry’s Knowledge Gap

By John Ferrare, Enerdynamics’ CEO We’ve all heard that it’s coming: a significant workforce gap created by the huge percentages of the gas and electric workforce that are at or near retirement age. When waves of seasoned industry professionals retire, … Continue reading

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Enerdynamics Instructor Examines Post-Nuclear Japan in Series for Solar Today Magazine

Dan Bihn is one of Enerdynamics’ talented instructors who primarily teaches courses relating to renewable energy and the Smart Grid. Dan is currently writing a series of articles on “Post-Nuclear Japan” for Solar Today Magazine. He lived in Japan for seven … Continue reading

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The Future of Electric Utilities, Part II

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics’ President and Lead Instuctor As discussed in The Future of Electric Utilities, Part I, long-time electric industry expert Peter Fox-Penner describes in his recent book Smart Power two possible models for the future utility. His views are … Continue reading

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Are We On the Cusp of a Transformation in Electric Generation Technology?

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics’ President and Lead Instructor The U.S. electric power industry was born in 1882 when Thomas Edison’s Edison Electric Illuminating Company opened a central generating station at Manhattan’s Pearl Street. Soon thereafter a number of small distribution … Continue reading

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IT’s Growing Need for Energy Business Training

By John Ferrare, Enerdynamics’ CEO There is little argument that the energy industry needs to learn more about information technology (IT). On the electric side, IT is critical to running power plants, operating transmission systems, scheduling power flows, and accurately … Continue reading

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How to Understand Electric Market Structures

By Bob Shively, Enerdynamics’ President and Lead Instructor Understanding how electric markets are structured used to be simple. Just figure out who the vertically integrated utility is, then who regulates it and how. But since the days of deregulation (or … Continue reading

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The Natural Gas Fracking Debate: What Is Fracking and Why Does It Matter? Part I

By Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor Those who follow environmental issues and/or are involved in the energy industry have no doubt heard about the fracking debate. One headline announces that fracking is a huge advancement that has given … Continue reading

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Are Renewables Vital to Our Nation’s Security?

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor In the hallways, offices and hearing rooms of energy policy makers the debate goes on. Are renewables just a fashionable trend that we as a nation can’t afford to spend our time … Continue reading

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Why Bill Gates Still Believes in Nuclear Power

Image via Wikipedia by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor Nuclear, once the bane of environmentalists, found more and more acceptance as concerns over global warming shifted from radiation to greenhouse gas emissions.  Some environmentalists spoke in favor of … Continue reading

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