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Resilience in Louisiana: Lessons from the Military and Islands

Three days after Hurricane Ida made landfall, roughly 2 million people remain without electricity in Louisiana and Mississippi. Even critical facilities, including sewage pumps in New Orleans and a hospital in rural South Louisiana, have seen outages. These and other incidents underscore just how dependent our civilization…

Five Tips for Utility Regulators: Staying on Course through the COVID-19 Storm

Utility regulators are in uncharted waters. States have launched a raft of proceedings to mitigate climate change, reform utility business models, and address other long-term priorities, only to find them blown off course by the worst pandemic the world has seen in a century. How can regulators navigate the COVID-19…

Five Tips for Virtual Meetings

Today is my 50-something day cooped up in my Brooklyn apartment. The blur of days has been punctuated with the familiar sounds of: “sorry, you are on mute” and “you froze for a second, can you repeat what you were saying?” Like many, I have had to innovate new ways…

Pipes or Wires?

This article is a guest posting by Audrey Schulman, co-executive director of HEET in Massachusetts. Audrey championed the Energy Shift Pilot Project, a project team at e–Lab Accelerator 2019. After the 2018 explosions in the Merrimack Valley, it has become a community priority…

Minnesota Accelerates Its Energy Transition with eLab’s Help

Minnesota is among the states leading the way in the transition to clean energy. Two of the state’s largest utilities have announced plans to achieve significant shares of carbon-free energy by 2030, and many other groups are working on similar innovative projects. Accordingly, the state’s energy community was…