Biography for Barbara Vergetis Lundin
Barbara L. Vergetis Lundin is the Editor of FierceMarkets' Energy Group, encompassing FierceEnergy and FierceSmartGrid. Barb has spent the better part of two decades covering the energy industry - first as Editor of Trade Press Publishing's Energy Decisions magazine, then as Web Editor and Analyst for Financial Times Energy's Energy Insight, and most recently as a contributor to various print and online energy industry publications. Barb is based in West Bend, Wisconsin where she lives with her husband, two sons and a Chinese Shar Pei. When not working, Barb enjoys walking dogs at the Washington County Humane Society with her boys, spending time at her kids' school and traveling with her family. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Articles by Barbara Vergetis Lundin
The decision for utilities to deploy renewable energy like wind or solar is complex enough, but adding in the decision of whether to add utility-scale energy storage can complicate matters even more.
Newsweek recently released its annual Green Rankings, naming the top utilities in the United States and internationally in corporate sustainability and environmental impact. Also topping the rankings were a number of utility industry vendors who were chosen based on performance indicators like energy and water productivity, greenhouse gas productivity, green revenue and sustainability.
The CPUC has approved pilot proposals from each of the big three investor-owned utilities regarding sharing the use of existing advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). The pilots seek to use the AMIs to obtain smart water meter data that will complement water conservation programs already in place.
Water utilities can save significant amounts of energy and water without breaking the bank if they seize the right energy-efficiency opportunities, according to a new report conducted by water consultancy firm GEI Consultants, Inc., for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA).
The three keys to formulating a better, more effective utility rate case -- and getting it approved -- are people, processes and tools, according to a new report from PwC.
Utilities are maturing in their approach to demand-side management and their efforts using data analytics to impact how they and their customers engage with energy.
Although SoCalGas has insisted that the methane leak at the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility, which provides energy for 11 million customers in the Los Angeles area, is under control, the utility is not out of the woods.
Coal plants have been shuttered at a startling pace. The Sierra Club reported that coal plants have been retiring at a rate of one every 10 days since 2010. Michigan's DTE Energy is the latest to announce coal plant closures, with its River Rouge, St. Clair and Trenton Channel plants on the chopping block.
The Newsweek ranking includes the 500 largest publicly traded companies in the United States and is said to be "one of the most recognized global measures of corporate environmental performance."
Being one of the big three California investor-owned utilities, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) needs to be ready when disaster strikes. That is a responsibility the utility takes very seriously.