Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Feb 23, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For this installment of our Utility2Utility interview series, we chat with Line Operations Manager Wes Robertson about the problems that come from old cable.

  • A data scientist answers
    Feb 21, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We’re talking these smart cities concepts here: big data---both deluge and lakes---the analytics solution and the people you’ll need to craft that solution. But do you need those people in house? Should you outsource? What's the best plan?

  • a guest commentary
    Feb 19, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    James Fine, senior economist with EDF, details his testimony this week at the Illinois Commerce Commission on the benefits of TOU to consumers in the state.

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  • Feb 18, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    In January 2013, Duke Energy launched a home energy report program with the goals of bonding with customers, establishing the utility as a trusted energy advisor to those customers and meeting regulatory energy efficiency (EE) requirements. And the My Home Energy Report (MyHER) program was born.

  • and reap the benefits
    Feb 17, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Branndon Kelley, senior vice president of information technology & CIO at American Municipal Power, discusses how his utility is tackling the big data dilemma. 

  • part of the women-in-energy series
    Feb 16, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    “Most people think I just mind the call centers,” said Gayle Lanier when talking about her job as senior vice president of customer services with Duke Energy. But, it’s way more than minding those call centers, she told me. In fact, those call centers are just the tip of a whole customer interaction web, of sorts. 

  • Feb 15, 2015 | Jeff Lewis

    Leading electric utilities, such as San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), are embracing various digital platforms such as desktop and mobile websites, mobile applications, and social media---proving that it is possible for electric utilities to step into the fast lane and successfully adopt digital customer service strategies along with traditional customer call centers.  

  • Feb 12, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    How can a utility take full advantage of that growing smart city market—and its growing demands—over that next decade of explosive growth?

  • Long live the (new) king
    Feb 11, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    I went to a conference to ask what the industry saw the modern utility evolving into. I expected a couple of generic answers: We expect it to be more flexible and more customer-centric. Those were the answers I had planned on. And I got them, but I also got a whole lot more.

  • Feb 10, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    You’ll notice in this issue a common theme---namely that no one is super sure what a smart city is, nor what a smart city will become. We’re feeling that out, as is perfectly understandable for people trying to both grasp and build the future at the same time. So, we've gathered insights to help from MIT, EPRI, Con Edison, SEPA, ComEd, AMP, a few cities, some academics, Harley Davidson and one data scientist to tell you if your utility needs someone just like him.