Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Mar 17, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    The meter installation in Naperville, Illinois has an active and vocal protest movement. Despite studies by the utility and objective sources refuting the movement's claims, a form letter created by the protest group has spilled over the edges of this community and appeared in various forms at utilities across the country. Nicknamed "the Naperville letter," it may be coming to a utility near you. Here's insight into where it came from, what it says and how you can respond.

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  • Mar 14, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Earlier this week, Kony sponsored an Intelligent Utility webcast titled “Crafting the perfect field worker,” featuring Tony Thomas, principal engineer with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (or the NRECA) and Jimmy Mendoza, retired business analyst with CPS Energy, that discussed options for enabling and enlightening utility field workers. 

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  • Mar 13, 2013 | Charles Newton

    On a summary level among the more than 150 utility participants in 37 countries that participated in the recently completed tenth edition of Newton-Evans’ series titled “The World Market Study of SCADA, Energy Management Systems, Distribution Management Systems and Outage Management Systems in Electric Utilities,” there are some noticeable regional differences in current and planned usage of analytics capabilities to assist utility operations.

  • Mar 12, 2013 | Tim Probert

    In the first part of this series, which can be read here, London writer Tim Probert examined privacy concerns, consumer psychology and policy choices. In part 2, he laid out what’s at stake for utilities. (Click here to read part 2.) in this final installment, he has one lesson for European power players: Don’t be afraid of opt outs.

  • Mar 11, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

     

    Oncor is a regulated electric transmission and distribution service provider that serves 10 million customers across Texas. For the March/April issue of Intelligent Utility magazine, we spoke with Brenda Jackson, senior vice president and chief customer officer about the utility’s consumer focus.  This is part 2 of a series. Read part 1 here.

     

  • Mar 10, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We all love the smart grid. It’s great. It’s marvelous. It’s a wave of the electric power future. But, there are still pockets within a utility that haven’t yet felt the full enlightenment of intelligent structures and software. For most utilities, the deployment and activities of field workers remains one of those dark pockets. To gain insights into this topic, register for Intelligent Utility's webcast the week by clicking here.

  • Mar 07, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) brings a lot of positives: more accurate information, real-time data, two-way communication, a smarter connection. Unfortunately, it also brings a large potential negative: Every new AMI end point is a possible attack point that utilities now have to defend.

  • Mar 06, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

     

    Washington may have shut down, but utilities along the Eastern seaboard are just ramping up. The massive snowstorm that hit the Chicago area yesterday is now moving through Virginia and D.C. While this storm will not bring the level of emergency seen with Hurricane Sandy, utilities are thinking ahead all the same.

     

  • Mar 05, 2013 | Mike Smith

    This week will see thought leaders from across the utility analytics landscape traveling to Napa, CA to attend the 2013 Utility Analytics Summit, presented by the Utility Analytics Institute. With support from host utilities PG&E and SMUD, the Summit promises to be a great opportunity for utility analytics professionals.

  • Mar 04, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Oncor is a regulated electric transmission and distribution service provider that serves 10 million customers across Texas. For the March/April issue of Intelligent Utility magazine, we spoke with Brenda Jackson, senior vice president and chief customer officer about the utility’s consumer focus.