Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Apr 12, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    When tapping the pulse of the industry on predictions through 2020, we polled insiders from across the U.S. and Europe. Here we speak with Hans ten Berge, secretary general of EURELECTRIC, the Brussels-based association of the European electricity industry.

  • Apr 10, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Patti Mason, director of advocacy for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Colorado, writes that "energy costs—unlike salaries—are actually one of the few expenses that can be decreased without having to negatively affect classroom instruction." Here's how Colorado is leading the way.

  • Apr 09, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    It seems the one thing that does not change with the NERC CIP guidelines is how much they tend to change. We’re now moving from version 3 of the standards to version 5 (skipping over version 4). Version 5 was okayed last November, and here's good advice on how to start that transition process.

  • Apr 08, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    In this issue, we examined developing that personal customer connection—from understanding psychology to tackling social media. Click through the headline to read each article individually. You can also download a free PDF of the issue and look at it in all its beautiful print-layout glory. Just click here. (And, our two-page social media infographic is only available in the PDF version of this issue. So, it’s worth the download.)

  • Apr 07, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    About a year and a half ago, we started a simple interview series titled “utility2utility.” The premise was honest: Allow our utility audience to exchange info and advice directly to each other about projects they are working on and trends they see washing over the industry. The response was overwhelming. We’ve interviewed nearly 30 utilities from the UK to Brazil to Guam, and the series is now our most popular one in the library. 

  • Apr 06, 2014 | Erich Gunther

    Erich Gunther writes here as a board member for the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), discussing how the panel fits into the overall standards ecosystem.

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  • Apr 03, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Throughout our women-in-energy series, we’ve looked at women who networked well and networked in varying ways. For this installment in the series, we take the idea of women and networking more literally and chat with a couple of ladies within the Women’s Energy Network (WEN), an international organization of professional women founded in 1994 by Karyl McCurdy Lawson and celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2014.

  • Apr 02, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For this installment in our most popular article series, we talk to Mauro Suà, director general of AMB (Aziende Municipalizzate Bellinzona), or the municipal utility for the city of Bellinzona, Switzerland. The city—already an award winner within Europe for smart energy thinking—is working toward an energy region status. Suà talks the smart cities movement and the projects they are currently working on within the city itself that blend into that movement.

  • Apr 01, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Ahmad Faruqui, principal with The Brattle Group, advises American regulators and utilities to study Ontario’s successful deployment of time-of-use rates as they consider new programs.

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  • Mar 31, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    As spring typically brings weather that can scatter power poles and the occasional Prius like Tinker Toys here in the South, it seems quite the appropriate time of year to be thankful for the men and women who put those poles back up and string the lines back along their proper routes. Here are a few tweets for and about linemen. (And a few related article links, too.)