Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Apr 09, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Available now.

    The March/April issue of Intelligent Utility is all about the convergence of the smart grid and the customer: angry, happy and apathetic. You’ll know your customer better than you know yourself when you finish this issue. 

    And you can download the entire issue for free by clicking this link

  • Apr 08, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    In part one of this two-part article series, Duke Energy’s grid modernization DMS project manager discussed the history and strengths of DMS. (Read part one here.) In this second part, Russell discusses the details of DMS and advice for implementing programs.

  • Apr 07, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We often talk about how well (or how poorly) utilities are doing in certain areas: customer engagement, outage management and disaster recovery, even capital investment. But, we rarely turn that critical eye to the other major group in our industry—namely, vendors. Here's an insider look at the A+ smart grid vendors and a sneak peek at those set to storm the market that you may not know much about.

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  • Apr 04, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Utilities are experts in a ton of areas: making power, moving it, troubleshooting outage issues, handling consumer desires. But, on the other end of the utility’s daily work are all those unrelated areas that come along with the general cost of doing business, in some cases quite literally. Today, we talk to money powerhouse PwC about utility financials.

  • Apr 03, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    This week, Intelligent Utility chats with three Con Edison researchers who earned the Technology Transfer Award from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for their work on detecting contact voltage (or stray voltage) using smartphones and tablets.

  • Apr 02, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

     

    Incorporating the widgets of the smart grid has been the focus of our industry for the last few years. We upgraded legacy systems. We replaced reclosers and meters and added in synchrophasors. And all that technology will bring us lots of data: small data, medium-sized data, and even that big data everyone is talking about. In fact, it will bring you reams of data, tons of it. You’ll have data coming out of your ears.

    So, what do you do with all of it?

     

  • Apr 01, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

     

    The development of the distribution management system (DMS) will enable the electric utility industry to take advantage of the unprecedented data and technological advances of the information age resulting in better management and optimization of distribution grid performance, says Steve Russell, Duke Energy’s grid modernization DMS project manager.

     

  • Mar 31, 2013 | Paul De Martini

    Insights from Caltech's Grid 2020 series: By 2020, nearly 30 percent of total U.S. resource capacity may come from customers’ generation and responsive demand. Keys to making these policies successful as we reach tipping points of customer adoption are getting the pricing right and creating new services for customer resources, says Paul De Martini, Resnick Institute Visiting Scholar, Caltech.

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  • Mar 28, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    In February, President Obama signed an executive order with the intentions of beefing up the cybersecurity protection for bits of critical infrastructure, including the electric power structure strewn across the country. In this companion article to Prudence Park's UTC piece from yesterday (which can be read here), we give a little advice on preparation and patience. (Thought leadership sponsored by Intel.)

  • Mar 27, 2013 | Prudence Parks

    Prudence Parks, director of government affairs and legislative counsel for the Utilities Telecom Council, discusses EO 13636 and Presidential Policy Directive 21 and what those mean for you. For a companion piece to this article, read "How do utilities prepare for the cybersecurity executive order?" by clicking here.