Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Nov 05, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    The 2013 Knowledge Summit kicked off with an opening keynote on Nov 5, 2013, at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., which featured Mike Smith, vice president of the Utility Analytics Institute; Brigadier General Gregory Lengyel, United States Air Force (USAF); and Justin Brady, creativity cultivator with Test of Time Design.

  • Nov 04, 2013 | Lena Hansen

    Lena Hansen, principal with the Rocky Mountain Institute’s electricity practice, writes, "Distributed resources—rooftop photovoltaic (PV), electric vehicles, demand response and even storage—are not only here to stay but are increasingly likely to catalyze a transformation in grid operations, planning, and design; customer engagement; and information flow."

  • Nov 03, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    “The Internet of Things” consists of a wide range of Internet-connected devices. The true value of this is realized when these intelligent devices communicate and share data with each other and the cloud. That uncovers information and the resulting actionable insight can transform business, according to Intel.

  • Oct 31, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    October in Oklahoma brings the first real, true signs of fall: the leaves start to change color (as much as they will before a good freeze knocks ‘em right off), the fear of tornadoes wanes a bit, and the temps finally dip below 90. It’s fairly easy to recognize the seasonal change in this state: It’s literally a cold breeze. The same can be true, metaphorically, for the seasonal changes visible on Twitter. There are no falling leaves, of course, but there is a shift in messaging. Our October issue of "the best utility tweets" examines that shift from squirrel madness to digital language tips.

  • 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.)