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Illinois grapples with question of who owns energy data

(Photo by SaskPower via Creative Commons)As utilities are increasingly installing smart meters and providing customers with data about usage, advocates say they are not generally offering the data quickly enough or in as much detail as needed.

Report: Grid pricing not keeping up with technology

(Photo by CeeDave via Creative Commons)A new report from the Energy Innovation Lab says outdated utility rate structures are holding back the spread of renewable energy technology.

Enbridge case reflects broader effort to fast-track pipelines

Construction crews building the Flanagan South pipeline in September, 2013. (Photo by Charles Dunlap, The Concordian. Used with permission)As recently as two or three years ago, major cross-country pipelines typically did not begin construction until a federal environmental impact statement had been completed. Times have changed.

In Minnesota transmission ruling, ‘perception is reality’

Cattle graze at Cedar Summit Farm near New Prague, Minnesota, in this June 4 picture. The CapX2020 transmission line can be seen in the background. (Photo by Cedar Summit Farm via Creative Commons)In a recent Minnesota case testing the state’s Buy the Farm law, public perception of transmission lines — rather than science — was the deciding factor.