Can Technology Improve Natural Gas Pipeline Safety?

The natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno California is a tragic accident no one wants to see repeated.  Recently Pacific Gas & Electric reported to the California Public Utility Commission that it found a dangerous leak on a Contra Costa County gas distribution line that has never been surveyed even though such inspections are Read more about Can Technology Improve Natural Gas Pipeline Safety?[…]

Illinois Smart Grid Street Fight

The comedic opera that played out in Illinois from the legislative battle over smart grid is typical of the Land of Lincoln where everything is political and everything has its price.  But while the outcome is not what was planned or predicted it may end up being an interesting lab experiment on whether smart grid Read more about Illinois Smart Grid Street Fight[…]

Could Disruptive Technology Prevent another San Bruno Gas Pipeline Disaster?

I live in the San Francisco Bay area where a year ago a horrible natural gas pipeline explosion ripped through a suburban community killing people and destroying a neighborhood.  All across America the headline news stories and video of the  San Bruno explosion sent chills down the spine as every homeowner watched wondering if that Read more about Could Disruptive Technology Prevent another San Bruno Gas Pipeline Disaster?[…]

Smart Grid Food Fight in Illinois

Smart Grid Chicago Style is a lot like roller derby of old—lots of elbows and an occasional bloody nose, but never a dull sport. There is a smart grid ‘roller derby’ battle underway in Illinois today.  The battle is not whether smart grid and its smart meters are a smart idea but rather who should Read more about Smart Grid Food Fight in Illinois[…]

PG&E Hammered Over San Bruno Pipeline Safety

“WHATEVER WAS left of PG&E‘s credibility evaporated with a stunning revelation by federal safety inspectors on Tuesday (12/14/10). They raised serious questions about welds that held together the utility’s pipeline that exploded in San Bruno on Sept. 9, killing eight people and destroying 35 homes. Amazingly, PG&E’s records indicated that the section of pipe that Read more about PG&E Hammered Over San Bruno Pipeline Safety[…]