Insights from our Editorial Team

  • May 21, 2015 | Bill Meehan

    When the customer calls, the power company just doesn’t have the right processes in place to access the right information right away. In cases of widespread power failure, they need to get lots of information and fast.

  • May 20, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We spoke with Steven Greenlee, CAISO’s senior public information officer about recent upgrades and changes to help with developing a modern grid.

  • May 19, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For this installment of our women-in-energy series, we chat with Mariesa Crow, the F. Finley distinguished professor of electrical engineering with the Missouri University of Science and Technology and VP of publications for the IEEE Power and Energy Society, about challenges and advancements in the industry from smart grid to the internet of things.

  • May 18, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    KSV's Dave Treston reveals the details from a survey the firm recently completed with a specific focus on energy efficiency.

  • Tackling security and cybersecurity from new and interesting angles
    May 17, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    This issue at your fingertips is all about the industry’s work in security---both physical and cyber, both full metal jacket and hacker. For our special section, we chat with former regulators, industry lawyers and association insiders on just what’s going on in the boardrooms when it comes to that problematic talk about security. Should we worry about people or tech? Is Congress going to give an assist? Will the silo nature of our industry help or hinder?  Dive in and read all about it. 

  • May 14, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    According to Carl Fawcett,director of financing programs with Conservation Services Group, marketing, better targeting techniques and innovative auditing approaches can’t fix one of the biggest barriers to EE retrofitting: paying for it.

  • May 13, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    “We are reaping some of the benefits we thought we would get from smart grid. We’re not reaping all of the benefits we thought we would get from it,” said Jason Handley, director of smart grid emerging technology and operations in the emerging technology office at Duke Energy. Handley spoke at Energy Central’s Smart Cities Conference in Charlotte this week.

  • Live from Energy Central's Smart Cities Conference
    May 12, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Here’s an interesting thought to mull over: Are utilities pre-wired to tackle a smart city build-out better than other industries? That very thought tied together the two opening keynote speakers at Energy Central’s spring Smart Cities Conference in Charlotte this week.

  • May 11, 2015 | Sonita Lontoh

    The hype surrounding the internet of things has created an endless stream of “smart” gadgets and campaigns, which focus on the technology itself, and not on the massive, systemic changes it will bring. Also often missing from the conversation is the need for a new set of public policies that will help realize the IoT’s full potential.

  • 7 suggestions on the physical side
    May 10, 2015 | Clint Hilbert

    April marked the two-year anniversary of an industry-famous late-night shooting spree that prompted regulatory response in CIP 014. Most of our industrial systems, however, were not designed for operation in areas of conflict and will take years to adequately harden. Here are seven suggestions to help tackle those hardening projects.