Insights from our Editorial Team

  • May 06, 2013 | John R. Johnson

    In part two of this two-part series on the evolving importance of demand response and energy efficiency, feature writer John R. Johnson delves into a case study with Austin Energy.

  • May 05, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Steve Baker, vice president of distribution operations at Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), an AEP company, looks back at one massive winter ice storm that taught PSO countless lessons on managing and preparing for extreme weather.

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  • May 02, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Branndon Kelley with American Municipal Power shares the top five challenges he sees for utilities.



    Kelley is CIO of American Municipal Power, a nonprofit corporation that owns and operates electric facilities with the purpose of providing generation, transmission and distribution of electric power and energy to its members in Delaware, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio.


  • May 01, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Brazil is considered one of the rising stars in the smart grid market, and a number of power companies are eyeing the country for potential investment. So, I asked experts at Northeast Group, a research and consulting firm based in D.C. that focuses on the energy sector and the rapidly emerging market for smart grid, about Brazil’s smart grid potential.

  • Apr 29, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    If you’ve been in this business for a while and attended a few industry conferences, you may have heard the Green Button Initiative chatted about. But, be honest, you're thinking to yourself, "What the heck is that exactly?" Click on this article to find out.

  • Apr 28, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Memoori, a research firm from the UK, recently released “The Smart Grid Business 2012 to 2017” report, which looks into smart grid sales across the U.S. and the world. Around that big world in 2012, sales hit $36.5 billion. The U.S. was about 20 percent of the business overall, with Europe at 10 percent, according to the report and Memoori’s founder Jim McHale. McHale spoke to us about those numbers and Europe's "wait and see" experiment with some aspects of the smart grid.

  • Apr 25, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis


    Trends change, especially on Twitter. At the speed of real life, trends flow in months or years. Slap bracelets have died and come back twice, but baggy pants are still in. On Twitter, though, trends change in moments, in milliseconds, in fractions of time only mathematicians know the correct terms for. We continue our series of best utility tweets by looking back at some of our favorites in April and all the changes.


  • Apr 24, 2013 | John R. Johnson

    It’s easy to see why utilities are increasing their focus and investing more resources on demand response and energy conservation programs. An example from Pacific Gas & Electric makes the case.

  • Apr 23, 2013 | Nadya Bartol

    The workshop consisted of a number of panels that discussed industry perspectives and practices, and the path forward for the development of the framework.  Several strong consensus-based themes emerged throughout the workshop, including the need for collaboration and outreach.

  • Apr 22, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis


    Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) is a not-for-profit, member-owned electric cooperative based in Glen Allen, Virginia. ODEC’s core business is generating, purchasing and delivering electricity to wholesale customers, primarily their member systems. For this installment of our utility2utility article series, we spoke with Erin Puryear, manager of member services and energy innovation planning, about customer service, air conditioning and direct load control (DLC) initiatives.