The Energy Overseer
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.
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.
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, Environment||Greenwire, 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 Later||Sacramento Bee, Dec. 30, 2009|
|Black Holes in Blackout Coverage||Law Seminars International Redefining Regulation, Sept. 25, 2003|
|My Big Fat Environmental Footprint||The Guilty Environmentalist archives 2004|
|Bruce-onomics: The Buyers' Market for Springsteen Tickets||KZAM.net, August 17, 2003|
|What Keeps Energy HR Professionals Awake at Night||Purple Penguin, Sept. 3, 2004|
|Changes at Top, Not at the Core, of California ISO||California Energy Markets, June 4, 2004|
|Western Utilities Propose Web of Energy Corridors||Greenwire, February 3, 2006|
|A Long, Hot Summer? California's Electricity Supply & Transmission Problems Have Power Executives Beginning to Sweat||San Diego Union-Tribune, May 16, 2004|
|Guilty Environmentalist's Home Inefficiency Tour||The Guilty Environmentalist archives 1993|
|Review of "Soul of the Grid" by Lizzy McCarthy||California Energy Circuit, Nov. 7, 2003|
Read my review of "Alternating Currents or Counter-Revolution?"
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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