Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Jun 20, 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 centered on the future: how cloud computing is changing the face of his cooperative.

  • Jun 19, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Since Manitoba Hydro’s major hydroelectric sits far from the load center, DC transmission was the most economic choice to cover the distance, partly as a result of keeping losses low, which, given the benefits of bipolar transmission, nearly dictated the existence of Bipole I, II & III--key components of the utility's transmission plans for the next decade.

  • Jun 18, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    As summer gets hotter and more wild weather rumbles across the country, Intelligent Utility asked DTE Energy’s Patricia Armbruster, principal process management facilitator in distribution operations, about her utility’s outage management plans, from restoration to “blue sky” outages.

  • Jun 17, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    The smart grid is so five years ago. IT/OT convergence is so last year. Today, transactive energy is all the rage. It’s the “it” topic. It’s the “it” subject in the power industry in 2013. But, does it have the legs to stay on the forefront of power industry trends?

  • Jun 16, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We chat with Knowledge Summit customer service track chairman David Ling, director of CS best practices for PPL Electric Utilities, about trends in customer service and how meter data impacts it all. (This year, the Knowledge Summit happens Nov. 4-6 at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Co. Click here for more info.)

  • Jun 13, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Matthew McConaughey introduced me to Karen Jones, chief marketing officer at Reliant. Now, I don’t personally know Mr. McConaughey. We’re not diners-and-dives buddies or anything, but his very distinctive Texas drawl is a highlight of Reliant’s advertisements in the Lone Star State.  (This is the first installment of our new women-in-energy article series.)

  • Jun 12, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    From the customer perspective, have utilities evolved? Do they offer what a customer wants? Are they making in-roads into the crowded consumer mindset or simply adding to the consumption “noise” that customers wade through every single day?

  • Jun 11, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    “First, understand that the FBI’s perspective is often from a reactive response to intrusions that have occurred with victims,” said Kevin Kolbye, assistant special agent in charge of the Dallas Division, about utilities and cybersecurity. “As a result, we see the damage done by these intrusions and observe what precautions are needed or what actions could have been taken to prevent such an intrusion.” Get more from Kolbye by clicking the article link.

  • Jun 10, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Analyst Christine Easterfield looks at the role of customer within smart metering with examples from the U.S. and Europe.

  • Jun 09, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    AMERIgreen Energy is a wholesale/retail energy marketer, a new breed that sits between generator and customer. This Lancaster, PA-based wholesale energy provider supplies petroleum and biofuels products and services as well as propane, motor oils, risk management and marketing solutions. Here’s where they come into the fringe of the electric utility market: In addition to that list above, they also offer direct-to-consumer electricity and natural gas.  We spoke to Seth Obetz, co-founder of AMERIgreen about his unique position in the utility industry and how he markets to retail customers outside of the traditional vertical utility concept.

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