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Will This Generation of Utility Employees See the Last Coal Unit Close?

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Facilitator The City of Fort Collins Utilities, a municipal utility in northern Colorado, has a conundrum. Through its partial ownership of Platte River Power Authority (PRPA), Fort Collins Utilities gets about 75% of … Continue reading

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Suggested Reading on Electric Market Dynamics

We often are asked about recommendations for books on the natural gas and electricity business.  Over the next few months we will share lists of some of our favorite energy industry books.  Today we’re offering our top picks that discuss electric … Continue reading

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An Inside Look at One Utility’s Response to Hurricane Sandy

I think most of us in the Philadelphia area feel fortunate. We felt the storm’s impact: the local flooding, soggy basements, fallen trees, and downed power lines. At some point during the storm, the local electric utility PECO Energy lost … Continue reading

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Electric and Gas Utilities’ Response to Wildfires

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor Here in Enerdynamics’ Laporte office we can see the smoke from the High Park Fire – reportedly the third largest wildfire in Colorado history – as it burns in the hills west … Continue reading

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Is Renewable Power Cheaper Than Coal?

by Bob Shively, Enerdynamics President and Lead Instructor It has for many years been accepted “knowledge” in the electric industry that renewable power simply can’t compete with coal power on price. It’s commonly believed that if we want clean renewable … 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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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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