Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Jul 04, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Chuck Hackney, CenterPoint Energy's director of telecommunications services and smart grid communications, gives our readers a personal look inside the utility's installation of smart meters, distribution automation equipment and new telcommunications network--all installed to make the utility smarter and the customer happier with the power experience. (This is part one of a two-part series.)

  • Jul 03, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    That annual American holiday of fireworks and hot dogs is here. So, how can we draw in the energy industry and tie it all together for a fun and funky tribute to America (with or without “The Stars & Stripes Forever” unfolding in the background)? We were saved from having to determine that ourselves here at Intelligent Utility by the EIA.

  • Jul 02, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    NV Energy’s service area covers 45,592 square miles of Nevada. The utility provides electricity to 2.4 million citizens throughout Nevada, as well as a state tourist population exceeding 40 million annually. To serve all those people takes a lot of effort, planning and a system upgrade once in awhile. We spoke with Mark Ellingboe, NV Energy’s supervisor of line construction, about recent transmission work in the Henderson area.

  • Jul 01, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    The proliferation of mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones is making a significant impact. For linemen in the field, mobility can mean getting the resources they need to do their jobs. But, how does a manager convince his board of directors, his financial officers and the guy holding the purse strings that, indeed, mobile connectivity is an important budget line item? 

  • Jun 30, 2013 | Mike Smith

    In this continuing series from our Knowledge Summit, Mike Smith talks with Paul Lau, assistant general manager with SMUD, about how “business as usual” is anything but “usual” for this progressive utility.

  • Jun 27, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    The government recently released a report on the financial impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. (Most of us just call that by the impact of that regulation: the smart grid grants.) The most significant finding of the report: The hint’s in our title. Those grants, which represented a hair’s shave of $3 billion for smart grid in America generated nearly $7 billion in “economic output.”  Here's the breakdown, with some personal input from the DOE.

  • Jun 26, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For this installment of utility2utility, we spoke to Don Bowman, Wake Electric’s manager of engineering--a man born and raised within the rural electric cooperative family. (Don’s grandfather, uncle and father each held general manager positions at electric cooperatives.) Despite all that history, we talked about something more about the future: how cloud computing is changing the face of his cooperative. (This is part two of a two-part series. Read part one by clicking here.)

  • Jun 25, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Today, we’re on a hunt. No, we’re not looking for Edward Snowden in the wilds of Moscow or tracking the red panda through the equally wild wilds of D.C.  Instead, we’re looking for all the best tweets from utilities on Twitter. Here's what we've found for this month.

  • Jun 24, 2013 | Tim Probert

    Germany’s big power utilities are in big trouble.  Widespread adoption of renewable energy sources like household solar PV and community-led wind projects have impacted fossil fuel generation to such an extent that the big four utilities (EnBW, E.ON, RWE and Vattenfall) have begun to mothball highly efficient combined-cycle gas turbines power plants commissioned just this decade.

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  • Jun 23, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Cynthia Boykin Austin, a managing partner in the Jacksonville Office of Broad & Cassel Attorneys at Law, has been a JEA board member for almost eight years and practicing law for more than 20.  She was appointed for a four-year term and reappointed for a second four-year term, which expires on February 28, 2014. She served as JEA board chair in 2008 and 2009 and is the current vice chair. Intelligent Utility spoke to Austin for a look at utilities and the power industry from a board member’s unique perspective. (This is the second article in our women-in-energy article series.)