Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Dec 18, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Dickson Electric System (DES), a TVA utility located just west of Nashville, Tennessee, is a public utility serving 35,000 customers in five counties in that state. For this installment of our popular utility2utility interview series, we spoke to Darrell L. Gillespie, general manager, about the utility’s new SCADA system.

  • Dec 17, 2013 | Mike Smith

    Mike Smith analyzes the path to unlocking deeper value in systems, applications and their data to build an enterprise infrastructure that has not only the traditional device and communications in the interoperable design, but also the applications that can create more value. (Information within this article came from a recent webcast, which can be viewed by clicking here.)

  • Dec 16, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    After discussing the aging workforce in general and your field workers specifically, it's time to take on the hardest issue: how do you find and keep good, young engineers. Here are three valuable lessons from the oil and gas industry on how they do it. Power industry take note.

  • Dec 15, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    When I was young—many eons ago, it seems—the phrase “bring your own” was attached to liquid libation. Today, it’s attached to your smart phone, your PC and even your thermostat—any tech “device.” And now the BYOD trend is coming home, potentially impacting utility customer programs.

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  • Dec 12, 2013 | Frank Koditek

    Frank Koditek with Belden, Inc.,  reveals how the right cable  can help with performance and mitigate cost issues. The wrong cable, however, can cause critical failures and cost massive amounts of money. He offers a quick guide to help you choose.

  • Dec 11, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    David Eggart, Energy Select’s program manager at Gulf Power, discusses automated dynamic pricing programs with simple rate structures and pricing schemes that give customers flexibility in how they choose to curb their energy consumption. 

  • Dec 10, 2013 | Tim Probert

    Our London-based contributing editor goes outside his normal European beat and takes a look at how solar is changing the power landscape in one quite sunny spot--Down Under.

  • Dec 09, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Take a look inside our brand new Nov/Dec print issue. You can download a free PDF of the full issue by clicking here, or you can read the articles individually with links inside. The magazine features insights from Efficiency Maine, RAND, AEP, Entergy Arkansas, PG&E, the City of Fairfield, SDG&E, EPRI, the NRECA, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia, ESMIG in Europe, Wake Electric Membership Cooperative and the Western Area Power Administration.

  • Dec 08, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Patrick G. McHugh, vice president of Brooklyn/Queens electric operations, and Margarett L. Jolly, director, research and development, discuss the utility's solar project with Jetro Cash and Carry in the Bronx, including the details to install a behemoth 1.56-megawatt array of 4760 Sunpower E20 panels atop Jetro's store and warehouse.

  • Dec 05, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    Now that the North American Electric Reliability Corp. has concluded its grid exercises, the organization will assess the data to see how transmission operators might better respond and communicate to cyber or physical attacks. Challenges are not just persistent, they are also constantly changing.