Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Mar 22, 2016 | Doug Houseman

    With the push to embed more and more supply resources into the distribution grid, as well as the push for demand side management, the operation on the distribution grid will approach the complexity of the operation of the transmission grid. But we continue to allow the distribution grid to primarily operate in a passive, autonomous fashion.

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  • Mar 21, 2016 | Brad Williams

    When the winter season comes to a close and the outside world begins to thaw, utilities across the country start to analyze how well they handled “keeping the power on” during inclement weather.

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  • Mar 18, 2016 | Guest Writer

    The changes in the industry over the past several years have been staggering. From the plunge in oil and gas prices to the massive growth of renewable power across the country, the utility industry is experiencing changes unlike any seen since electricity was introduced in the 1920s.

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  • Mar 17, 2016 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    While libraries are still fabulous and valuable---and while you still can use my old index-in-the-stacks system if you’d like some background on, say, Sacagawea---there is an easier way to find a good story, or to share your own. And it's all digital.

  • Mar 16, 2016 | Bruce Herzer

    As utilities respond to rapid shifts in regulatory models, technology, and customer expectations, it can be useful to have some insight into how others are successfully making a similar transformation. 

  • Mar 15, 2016 | Guest Writer

    As part of a spatial lead analysis project, Piedmont Natural Gas (PNG) opted to complement the GIS by implementing a spatial data warehouse in conjunction with a web viewing component that is capable of integrating geospatial with data from other business systems to make tailored information available across the enterprise.

  • Mar 14, 2016 | Guest Writer

    Mary Brittain-White writes: "A long time ago, on my very first mobility project, I was sure of the possibilities that the technology would deliver: workers would get rid of their paperwork, referential information would be at their fingertips allowing them to make better decisions and, most importantly, management would have greater transparency via additional information captured regarding each incident. I was just completely wrong."

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  • Mar 11, 2016 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    When you hear analytics, you think numbers, stats and data all floating and swirling around in the nonobjective ether like a crazy math-geek sequel to Pixar’s hit flick “Inside Out.” When Entergy’s John Scott and Eddie Himel hear analytics, however, they think circuit breakers, load tap changers (LTCs) and maintenance all cleaned up and organized like a simplified, smarter sequel to the old Excel spreadsheets they once used for this trend tracing. 

  • Mar 10, 2016 | Gerald R. Gray

    A smart and integrated electric grid inherently relies upon the ability for its many components to communicate with one another. With potentially hundreds of software systems presently in use in a utility for each component, it’s necessary that every component and system actually can “talk” with one another.

  • Using new tech to nullify cyber attacks
    Mar 09, 2016 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Deception is a four-letter word. Well, not literally, of course, but let’s just say it has a bad reputation—a sneaky, negative connotation. But what if I told you deception could help save your SCADA system? Now you’re listening.