Insights from our Editorial Team

  • 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.

  • Jun 16, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Greg Guthridge, global managing director with Accenture Energy Consumer Services, takes us inside the company's new research on how your customer is evolving to be more active--and more interactive.

  • These women can teach you the industry ropes
    Jun 14, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    A year ago we put boots on the ground—or fingers on the Outlook emails, really—to gather candidates for a new series about women in this industry. Here, you’ll find a complete list of the women we’ve featured so far, who work a range of industry jobs from marketing to the board, from lineman to transmission building.

  • Jun 12, 2014 | Scott Samuelsen

    Scott Samuelsen, director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center and professor of mechanical, aerospace and environmental engineering at the University of California, Irvine, gives us a rundown of the power of fuel cells.

  • Jun 11, 2014 | Pat Corrigan

    Pat Corrigan, vice president of public utilities for Elster Solutions, writes about "the need for system-wide interoperability across the smart grid" which is "a leap forward that will require a different mental model: 3D."