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Arthur O'Donnell was for over three decades an award-winning reporter specializing in energy, environment and economics. His books include: In the City of Neighborhoods (iUniverse 2004) The Guilty Environmentalist (Trafford 2003) and Soul of the Grid (iUniverse 2003). For beginning readers, When Chelsea Came to Stay (Trafford 2004), co-written with Tess Kelly, with illustrations by Sophia Varcados.
From 2008-2010, I was Executive Director of the Center for Resource Solutions, a globally influential environmental non-profit group that created and administers the Green-e independent certification of renewable energy and carbon offsets.
Currently, I work at the California Public Utilities Commission as a Program Supervisor in the Energy Division's Grid Planning & Reliability section. I work with a team of analysts and engineers charged with developing and implementing policies and practices for Grid Modernization, Smart Meters and Home Area Networks, Advanced Energy Storage, and other innovative areas.
I'll be making some industry conference appearances to talk about my assigned areas of energy policy at the CPUC , including these recent and upcoming appearances:
SF Public Utilities Commission, Brown Bagger on Energy Storage, Jan. 29, 2014, SF
Band of Angels, luncheon talk, February 4, 2014, Mountain View, CA
InfoCast's Storage Week, February 12, 2014, San Jose Convention Center
Mitsubishi Japan energy storage seminar (via webcast), February 18, 2014
New York Battery & Energy Storage Technology, (NY BEST) Catch the Energy conference, March 12-13, 2014, Troy, NY
UC Berkeley Hastings College of Law, CleanTech and Law Seminar, March 20, 2014
This feature ties together current headlines with past reports I've done, to provide context and perhaps show that there is nothing new under the Sun. Click here for more....
Utility Risk Management in the News
The U.S. Department of Energy and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) recenty held a utility "Risk Management" session in Washington, DC. The participants did role playing under various emergency scenarios -- including a major snow storm, which pre-saged a storm that hit DC the next day.
Utilities face myriad risks everyday, and while the industry has been focused recently on cybersecurity issues, there are always physical, financial and operational risks to take into account. At the CPUC, I've recently been working on a rulemaking to incorporate risk analysis into investment decisions for utility General Rate Cases.
But several years ago, I imagined the kind of gaming programs recently conducted by DOE and NARUC in the context of the interplay between maintaining healthy salmon runs and utility operations in the Pacific Northwest. Join the Guilty Environmentalist for a session of SimSalmon 2000, from California Energy Markets newsletter, circa June 1999.
Over the course of a long and varied career as an independent journalist, author, record producer, environmentalist and sometime political activist, I've been blessed to work with many wonderful people on worthy and fun projects. Looking back over the years, here are a few that I recall most fondly and proudly:
Land Letter 2006-07
Several of my older articles about energy issues and related topics continue to draw interest and response from readers, so please feel free to browse through this list of popular items:
The Clean Tech/Regulatory Nexus
Intersecting Circles of Innovation
Non-Profit Congress 2006: A Statement of Grace in an Era of Indifference
Bruce-onomics - A Buyers' Market for Springsteen Tickets?
Restructuring in the Rear View Mirror and Story Archive
Courtroom 22, PG&E Bankruptcy 2001
Nuclear Power According to the Simpsons
The Guilty Environmentalist's Home Inefficiency Tour
Sounds of Silence at Hunters Point
Light Bulbs: An Even Better Idea
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