Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Jun 30, 2014 | Paul Alvarez

    Paul Alvarez, author of the new book "Smart Grid Hype & Reality -- A Systems Approach to Maximizing Customer Return on Utility Investment," gives a sneak peek inside the pages with this excerpt.

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  • Jun 29, 2014 | Daniel Flores

    Daniel Flores, senior communications engineer at El Paso Electric Company, mulls the need for synchroclosers and synchronization--and the space and cost it takes to utilize both properly.

  • Jun 26, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Let’s face it: Summers are sweaty. They’re sticky and exhausting. But, no worries. Utilities are here to save the day, my friends. They have frozen giveaways, thermostat and light bulb advice, and even a rescue or two—all to make your summer safer and happier. And some are recorded here in our best utility tweets of June to share with you. So, grab a cold treat and dig into the heated discussion.

  • Jun 25, 2014 | Bill Meehan

    Bill Meehan, director of utility solutions at esri, writes about the worst assignment of his working life and the lessons you can learn from his experience to use within your own company.

  • Jun 24, 2014 | Jim Hoecker

    Jim Hoecker, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), writes that it is "hard to overestimate how dramatic the potential changes inherent in Order No. 1000 could be ... because the Order would create an environment that invites technological innovation, fuel diversity, new business models, and the potential to transform the generation mix and other sectors of the economy."

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  • Jun 23, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We asked four current and former CIOs the question in this headline. Here are their insights, with input from David Harkness with Xcel Energy; Reid Nuttall, former CIO at OG&E; Branndon Kelley from American Municipal Power and Jim Jones of Great River Energy.

  • Jun 21, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    A year ago, I really thought this headline was the truth, but today I have a different viewpoint. I see the value. So, we’ve made an investment in social media at Intelligent Utility, as the power industry itself is starting to do—from utilities discussing outages and interns to companies revealing outlooks and the Internet of Things. Come take a look at this changing communication tool.

  • Jun 19, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Veridian Connections is a Canadian utility company that provides electricity to nine communities located within southern Ontario in Canada. For this installment of our popular Utility2Utility interview series, we spoke with Mark Turney vice president of operations about operational details and upgrades around fault detection.

  • Part of the women-in-energy article series
    Jun 18, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Sallie Rainer, president and CEO of Entergy Texas, tells outsiders that her role is all about value. But, certainly, creating value through power delivery wasn’t Rainer’s dream job as a kid. It wasn’t what she always wanted to be, though, even as a kid, it sounds like she had the executive-level drive.

  • Jun 17, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Recently, this muni has moved its conservation focus to a more personal customer front, pushing energy services out to niched users that would allow them to specifically understand narrow areas of consumption. For this issue of our popular Utility2Utility series, we spoke with Lars Henrikson, senior planning and development specialist with the utility on the reasoning behind these new service offerings.