Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Oct 30, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Today, we want to show you a new angle on that mass of zombies that have overrun our cities—attacking citizens and squirrels without provocation—specifically on how those masses have impacted that greatest bit of infrastructure, the power grid. We'll get advice from Deloitte, Southern Company, Duke, Accenture and other industry insiders on this crazy zombie invasion and how you, as a utility stronghold, should react.

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  • Oct 29, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    As a writer, I’ve interviewed a metric ton of people over the years, but Shannon will be the interview I always remember, a woman who told me she’s so proud to be a lineman (and a foreman on a line crew these days). Even after 20 years with the utility and 27 in the trade, every day when she walks into the building at NV Energy she gets “a present—a good life.”

  • Oct 28, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    At Memoori, a consultancy out of the UK, they believe one answer to stringent generation and distribution requirements is interfacing smart buildings with the present smart grid and providing demand response and distributed energy capability through a combination of using advanced buildings energy management systems (BEMS) and enterprise energy management systems (EEM).

  • Oct 27, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Mary Miller, Basin Electric’s manager of communications, looks at the tech and regulatory details of a proposed 345-kilovolt (kV) transmission project in North Dakota that will run approximately 200 miles from Beulah to Tioga. 

  • Oct 24, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Consumers Energy is one of the nation's largest combination utilities, providing electric and natural gas service to nearly 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million residents, in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. In this installment of our utility2utility article series--two in one week--we spoke with Consumers Energy’s Patti Poppe, vice president of customer experience, about smarter metering for those millions of Michigan customers.

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  • Oct 23, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    E.ON is one of the world’s largest utilities serving more than 26 million customers in over 30 countries. They keep ahead of trends through a smart grid control center in Sweden where they can examine, experiment and see the interplay of technology before field trials. We spoke to Peter Sigenstam, vice president and head of E.ON Innovation Centre Distribution about the center and its purpose. (This is part two of a two-part series. Read part one here.)

  • Oct 22, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We all love Twitter. We all tweet. (Don’t lie. We can see you typing those 140 characters right now.) Here at Intelligent Utility, we’ve focused especially hard on our Twitter feed in the last few months: making sure our followers get links to great articles from us and great insights from around the industry, being fun sometimes, showing off some great T&D photos. About a week ago, we passed the mark of 2,000 followers with Scott Emery. We decided to chat with him a bit on what makes him tick and why he choose to join our Twitter community.

  • Oct 21, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    David Mohler, vice president of emerging technology with Duke Energy advises that "our work to seamlessly integrate storage within a diverse grid ecosystem and unlock its full value is just beginning."

  • Oct 20, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    As a population, America is aging. Discussions about the aging workforce, therefore, have never been restricted to the power industry. Papers, articles, surveys and reports on aging workforce issues exist in most industries, most notably healthcare. The entire workforce is aging; the power industry is simply no exception. So, how does a utility plan for that change in workforce?

  • Oct 17, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Pat Ricks, manager of customer experience with Entergy Services, Inc., a part of Entergy Corp., walks us through the ways they educate consumers on saving energy (and saving money) and the collaborative process of bringing these tools to life.