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Archives 2002--2009

Introduction to Energy in California, by Peter Asmus

I wrote a chapter on California's contributions to innovation as part of this new reference published in July 2009 by the University of California Press. Making the complex world of energy science and policy accessible, Peter Asmus examines the rich human history of California's energy story, from the earliest oil and hydroelectricity developments to the latest advances in renewable technologies.

Available Hardbound and in Paperback

The Business Electric An exclusive weekly column of news, analysis and opinion documenting the evolving U.S. energy industry on Energy Central's PULSE.

Between May 2004 and June 2006, I published 40 news and opinion pieces in Energy Central's Pulse section, covering regulation, finance and market issues for the U.S. electricity industry. Several of these columns, under "The Business Electric" heading, earned national recognition from the Online News Association in the 2005 Online Journalism Awards for "Best Online Commentary." These articles made up the entry:

The Business Electric served as a focal point for EC's interactive community and tied into its evolving strategy of using e-mail alerts, electronic newsletters, print publications and conferences to extend the Energy Central brand and provide readers with unique insights to the industry.

Visit The Business Electric Archives 2004-05

Look for my cover article on the aging utility workforce, Brain Drain: Our Graying Utilities in the premiere issue of EnergyBiz magazine, Nov/Dec 2004. In the Jan/Feb 2005 issue, my contributions included Breaking the Energy Deadlock and other stories about National Energy Policy Act debates, and Piecing Together the Interactive Utility. The March/April 2005 issue featured my articles, Executive Suite Musical Chairs and The New CIS Experience.

Energy Central in June 2004 published the Pulse e-zine that I compiled and edited, devoted to the status of the U.S. electric transmission system. Building a 21st Century Grid also featured my articles "A Conversation with Clark Gellings of EPRI" about transmission infrastructure needs, and "Is Reliability a Good Investment?"

Select Articles and Special Features:
Return to Power Road
The Energy Overseer 1992
Sounds of Silence at Hunters Point
California Energy Circuit, May 2006
Yosemite Struggles to Balance Visitors, EnvironmentGreenwire, July 15, 2005
Restructuring in the Rearview 2001
What If Restructuring Worked? (An Alternate History)California Energy Circuit, Jan. 2006
Still Paying for Power Crisis a Decade LaterSacramento Bee, Dec. 30, 2009
Black Holes in Blackout CoverageLaw Seminars International Redefining Regulation, Sept. 25, 2003
My Big Fat Environmental Footprint The Guilty Environmentalist archives 2004
Bruce-onomics: The Buyers' Market for Springsteen, August 17, 2003
What Keeps Energy HR Professionals Awake at NightPurple Penguin, Sept. 3, 2004
Changes at Top, Not at the Core, of California ISOCalifornia Energy Markets, June 4, 2004
Western Utilities Propose Web of Energy CorridorsGreenwire, February 3, 2006
A Long, Hot Summer? California's Electricity Supply & Transmission Problems Have Power Executives Beginning to SweatSan Diego Union-Tribune, May 16, 2004
Guilty Environmentalist's Home Inefficiency TourThe Guilty Environmentalist archives 1993
Review of "Soul of the Grid" by Lizzy McCarthyCalifornia Energy Circuit, Nov. 7, 2003



Read my review of "Alternating Currents or Counter-Revolution?"

a book about electric regulatory reform in New Zealand
from the Feb. 2007 issue of Public Utilities Fortnightly.

Find more about New Zealand's energy scene here.


Public Utilities Fortnightly used my article on the making of a unified energy market in Europe as its cover feature for the February 2004 issue.

After the Storm: Interviews with Prominent Economists and Policy Leaders on the Future of the California Energy Market produced in 2002 for The Hewlett Foundation and the Energy Foundation.


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