Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Dec 08, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    This issue is dedicated to the ongoing passion of the subjective debates that keep the fires of technology burning away. In these pages, we’ll banter about NASPI synchrophasors, new tech centers, smart grid demo projects, microgrids and even what the single greatest power breakthrough was in the last 100 years. So, don’t sit on the sidelines for this one. Jump right into the fray and swim around in those details. We welcome that. That’s what the #techHEAD issue is all about.

  • Yes, even at 3 a.m.
    Dec 07, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Just consider me the Intelligent Utility librarian-in-residence. One of the important aspects of my job isn’t just finding info, writing it up and pushing it out. In fact, I’m also here to tell you what works together---and what insider insights may be best incorporated into your next paper or presentation. Need a good quote from a utiltiy executive that sums up your point? Need to know what a utility is doing with DA or reliability or mobility to support your hypothesis? Just click here.

  • Dec 04, 2014 | Rajiv Diwan

    There is still considerable opportunity to engage the full functionality and potential of new customer communication channels, social media in particular.

  • Dec 03, 2014 | Kathy Ball

    The electric industry is poised to become a cross-industry thought leader in handling, analyzing, and making strategic use of big data. But first the industry has to master the data. 

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  • part of the women-in-energy article series
    Dec 02, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We chat with Teresa Mogensen, VP of transmission for Xcel Energy, about her job, how she got here and the trick to overseeing more than 19,000 miles of lines and 1,100 substations throughout 10 states.

  • Dec 01, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    November is one to remember, from giving thanks to honoring vets. There was a lot going on in this rather chilly fall month---especially on Twitter. Our top five for this installment includes tweets from as far south as the gulf and as far north as our friends in Canada. Did your utility make the cut? Click through to find out.

  • Nov 30, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For this installment of our Utility2Utility interview series, we asked Scott Drake, manager of corporate technical solutions, about some recent software investments in energy auditing for their 16 owner-member cooperatives.

  • IEEE answers
    Nov 25, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We knocked on a few doors and asked about the industry a-ha moments that defined the last century for our November/December print issue. To start the conversation, we decided to include the full answer here of Massoud Amin, chairman, IEEE Smart Grid. Do you agree? Let us know on Twitter with #powerBREAKTHRU and tell us what about power you're thankful for with #thanksPOWER.

  • Nov 24, 2014 | Mike Smith

    One of the “problems” with analytics is that it really is pretty cool. It is very easy to get lost and pulled into the technology and find oneself working deep into the technology before---or not fully---considering the business implications and impacts of working with data in a new way.

  • Nov 23, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Usually for this series, we talk directly with traditional electric utilities. But, creeping farther and farther into the utility space, is a new form of utility---the retail one. Founded in Canada in 1986, Direct Energy is the largest energy retailer in North America. Unlike traditional utilities, retailers like Direct Energy can slice and dice both geography and customer segments.