Insights from our Editorial Team

  • SCE reveals the 5 steps to infrastructure survival
    Feb 05, 2016 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    El Niño is back. Every few years, he returns around Christmas (hence, the name “El Niño”) to bring wacky moisture patterns, storms of wild proportion and just general weather havoc. And, unfortunately, there’s one bit of infrastructure distinctly vulnerable to such weather havoc—namely, the poles, wires and outside structures of power’s T&D system.

  • Feb 04, 2016 | Guest Writer

    The smart home promises tremendous advantages in comfort, convenience and control. Sadly, most of today’s smart homes aren’t as, well, smart as we’d like. My house is among the smartest homes in my neighborhood, but let’s just say if it were a high school senior it wouldn’t be getting any scholarships to Harvard.

  • Feb 03, 2016 | Guest Writer

    Of the many challenges utility executives face today, website redevelopment probably doesn’t rank very high. But if customers matter, it should. Consider that increasingly your customers’ primary experience of your brand is through your website.

  • Feb 02, 2016 | Guest Writer

    After more than 100 years later, the work of modifying the code to keep it relevant and effective at contributing to worker and public safety is always ongoing. And work for the next version in 2017 is ongoing. 

  • Feb 01, 2016 | Guest Writer

    Predictive analytics software with machine learning capabilities is providing utilities with early warning notification that a piece of equipment is experiencing problems or heading towards failure, days, weeks or months ahead of operational alarms.

  • And are you ready for juggling more than one?
    Jan 29, 2016 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    I’m an old-school consumer. I want to sit on my couch, watch my reruns of “M.A.S.H.,” read my Steinbeck and not think about where my power was made. But my group of consumers is dying off and another, more active type is taking our places. Here are three suggestions to get yourself ready, utilities. 

  • Jan 28, 2016 | Guest Writer

    Utilities willing to invest internally and externally in data science will see the benefits. A basically trained data scientist, using open-source tools with the utilities’ readily accessible data can create ROI on a massive scale.

  • Jan 27, 2016 | Guest Writer

    The Morocco substation project wasn’t as simple as plugging the local system into the larger power grid. Its transformer underwent an arduous 5,000-mile journey to Michigan from the Netherlands.

  • Understanding your base
    Jan 26, 2016 | Felecia Lokey Etheridge

    As in retail, utilities, too, are being challenged to redefine—or, at a minimum, define—channel strategies and capabilities to meet or keep pace with customer expectations. Not only must utilities deliver on interactions but also address changing expectations and preferences of their customers—customers who are increasingly social, mobile and uber-connected (pun intended).

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  • Jan 25, 2016 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    The demand response (DR) Order 745 courtroom nailbiter is over. The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has finally ruled on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) vs. Electric Power Supply Association.

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