Insights from our Editorial Team

  • 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. 

     

  • Apr 21, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Are you an Edison fan or a Tesla fan? To many science geeks, this fight is akin to being an Elvis fan or a Beatles fan. You’re not allowed to be both. It’s against the code. So, how much of an inventor’s skill defines him, and how much is it all about getting the right eyes on your invention and research? Would Tesla have been as big as Edison with the right promotional skils? And how does that lesson apply to today's utility inventor?

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  • Apr 18, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    In part one of this series, Donald R. Johnson, an electrical engineer who specializes in stray voltage evaluations and serves at an expert witness in stray voltage lawsuits, talked about the general physics of stray voltage and the recent Southern California Edison lawsuit. Here in part two, he chats about his most memorable case and advice for homeowners and utilities, too.

  • Apr 17, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    How often and how thoroughly do you think about your customers? Do you lump them into sums and then slice them into segments? Do you wonder about how they reach you and if they are reaching out to you—and you are reaching out to them—in the most efficient and effective way possible?

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  • Apr 16, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    The Guam Power Authority (GPA) serves 48,000 meter customers with 663 miles of power lines and 29 substations across the island. For this installment of Intelligent Utility’s Utility2utility interview series, we chat with John J. Cruz Jr., P.E., MBA, GPA’s strategic planning and operations research division (SPORD) manager.

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  • Apr 15, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    In the end, despite best efforts, a utility can’t prevent weather emergencies: Power will go out because lines will come down. That’s a fact. But, that doesn’t mean a utility can’t prepare. Here are three areas that can be shored up to help.

  • Apr 14, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    The Guam Power Authority (GPA) serves 48,000 meter customers with 663 miles of power lines and 29 substations across the island. For this installment of Intelligent Utility’s Utility2utility interview series, we chat with John J. Cruz Jr., P.E., MBA, GPA’s strategic planning and operations research division (SPORD) manager.

  • Apr 11, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    “Stray voltage is a much more common occurrence than the general public realizes,” said Donald R. Johnson, an electrical engineer who specializes in stray voltage evaluations and serves at an expert witness in stray voltage lawsuits. We talk with him about definitions and preparations.