Insights from our Editorial Team

  • 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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  • Jun 06, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Recently, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has been working on a joint proposal with an number of utilities (including Austin Water, San Antonio Water and American Water) to raise awareness and revise standards around low-level water leaks. We spoke to Tracy Quinn, a water policy analyst with the NRDC about the need for better meter standards and the fact that the minimum flow test has gone unchanged in the U.S. since 1921.

  • Jun 05, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    An overview of our May/June issue of Intelligent Utility magazine, including links to the cover story ("Attention utilities: The FBI wants to talk to you about cybersecurity") and other juicy tidbits from CenterPoint Energy, Guam Power Authority, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, Eletrobras, EEI, a former FERC chairman, E.ON, Gulf Power, Westar, Ameren Missouri, Vectren, PG&E, Peoples Natural Gas Co. and our own Utility Analytics Institute.  It may be more info than you can handle, but we have faith in you. 

  • Jun 04, 2013 | Ronald Willoughby

    Today, technologies exist to change the conservation voltage regulation (CVR) operating paradigm. Pilot projects based on smart grid technologies and real-time operating systems show energy savings and demand reductions of 3% are possible.

  • Jun 03, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

     

    Rick Tempchin, executive director, retail energy services, for the Edison Electric Institute, asks us to take another look at net metering and how it impacts the economy of power. (This is part two of a two-part series.)

     

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  • Jun 02, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    There are almost a million ways to define a virtual power plant.  So, I’m going with a broad stroke: Using varied sources—from distributed generation to energy efficiency—to take the place of traditional fossil-fueled, heavy production power generation. In terms you and I understand, this means the big power plant you pass on country roads that looks, at night, lit up like a terrestrial constellation, will become less important to the power equation. Are we ready for that?

  • May 30, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    The latest installment of our popular "best of" utility tweets series looks back over the busy month of May for the weak, the strong and the community active. To follow us on Twitter, just click here. You'll find us under the @IntelUtil handle.

  • May 29, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Rick Tempchin, executive director of retail energy services for the Edison Electric Institute, asks us to take another look at net metering and how it impacts the economy of power.

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