Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Long live the (new) king
    Feb 11, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    I went to a conference to ask what the industry saw the modern utility evolving into. I expected a couple of generic answers: We expect it to be more flexible and more customer-centric. Those were the answers I had planned on. And I got them, but I also got a whole lot more.

  • Feb 10, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    You’ll notice in this issue a common theme---namely that no one is super sure what a smart city is, nor what a smart city will become. We’re feeling that out, as is perfectly understandable for people trying to both grasp and build the future at the same time. So, we've gathered insights to help from MIT, EPRI, Con Edison, SEPA, ComEd, AMP, a few cities, some academics, Harley Davidson and one data scientist to tell you if your utility needs someone just like him. 

  • Feb 09, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For today’s installment of Utility2Utility, we’re chatting with Chad Klein, director of corporate communications for North American Power about retail energy, NAP's growth and the new world of customer billing they’ve entered in a couple of markets.

  • Feb 08, 2015 | Derek Handova

    Electric utilities have been advancing the LEED revolution for more than a decade. Many of them have incentive programs for building developers, owners and tenants to construct or renovate LEED certified structures or offer technical assistance to help with the LEED process.

  • Feb 05, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    PG&E shares insight on their multi-year conservation voltage reduction project.

  • Feb 04, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For this installment of our Utility2Utility series, we spoke with Dr. Nisheeth Singh, senior expert in grid applications at the utility about Swissgrid’s history, partnering on a grid across the EU, and new software that helps them manage this multi-country system.

  • Feb 03, 2015 | Patty Durand

    Over the course of 2014, Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative’s (SGCC) research indicated that consumer engagement is growing. This is good news because as engagement grows more consumers will understand the economic, reliability and environmental benefits that grid modernization offers. 

  • #smartgrid & #smartcities are set to change the world
    Feb 02, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    In case you didn’t get the memo, the Smart Cities lab at MIT---yes, that MIT---isn’t called the Smart Cities lab anymore. It’s now called the City Science Initiative, but it’s intent is still the same as it was with the original 2003 founding—namely, to find all the best, most efficient ways for humans to live together in urban environments. We talk to the head of that lab about how the power industry fits into this vision.

  • Jan 31, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    And so it begins again. It’s a new year and a new look at some of the most artistic work in the social media medium that is Twitter---the very best our industry has to offer. In this installment, we’re blinded by science, distracted by waffles and humbled by a whole lot of restoration work.

  • Jan 29, 2015 | William E. Reiter

    CIP-014-1 has essentially two major components, each with three specific requirements. The first major component is applicability and the second is security. Here’s a breakdown of what every utility should know about the requirements of CIP-014-1.