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  • May 19, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For this installment of our women-in-energy series, we chat with Mariesa Crow, the F. Finley distinguished professor of electrical engineering with the Missouri University of Science and Technology and VP of publications for the IEEE Power and Energy Society, about challenges and advancements in the industry from smart grid to the internet of things.

  • Tackling security and cybersecurity from new and interesting angles

    May 17, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    This issue at your fingertips is all about the industry’s work in security---both physical and cyber, both full metal jacket and hacker. For our special section, we chat with former regulators, industry lawyers and association insiders on just what’s going on in the boardrooms when it comes to that problematic talk about security. Should we worry about people or tech? Is Congress going to give an assist? Will the silo nature of our industry help or hinder?  Dive in and read all about it. 

  • Live from Energy Central's Smart Cities Conference

    May 12, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Here’s an interesting thought to mull over: Are utilities pre-wired to tackle a smart city build-out better than other industries? That very thought tied together the two opening keynote speakers at Energy Central’s spring Smart Cities Conference in Charlotte this week.

  • May 07, 2015 | Paul Netter

    Our friends at SCE are sending up a warning on party balloons and your power lines, which may sound trivial, but SCE reveals their outages caused by metallic balloons are up this year—up 55 percent, in fact. Something to remember when you send mom those flowers and balloons on Sunday.

  • May 02, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    A key to smart grid development is taking proactive steps to ensuring the whole grid is weather ready, according to Schneider Electric’s Shylesh Muralidharan.

  • Apr 27, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Peter Asmus, principal research analyst with Navigant, examines how utility distribution microgrids (UDMs) are emerging as a new platform that can accommodate innovative technology while also opening up alternative business models. 

  • Apr 21, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Here’s the story of Ed Filor from Crystal River, Fl., who’s been a lineman for 23 years and even knows the exact day he signed on: January 27, 1992.

  • Mar 07, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Findings from the Newton-Evans Research Company study completed in February 2015 indicate that a substantial number of electric utilities are using distribution automation technologies such as FDIR/FLISR and VVC/VVO/CVR.

  • Mar 05, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Utilities continue to provide reliable, affordable, and increasingly clean electricity around the clock to customers, all the while tackling new disruptions such as integrating new renewable power resources and optimizing the power grid for operational efficiency with an evolving distribution grid. 

  • Feb 23, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For this installment of our Utility2Utility interview series, we chat with Line Operations Manager Wes Robertson about the problems that come from old cable.

  • Feb 04, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For this installment of our Utility2Utility series, we spoke with Dr. Nisheeth Singh, senior expert in grid applications at the utility about Swissgrid’s history, partnering on a grid across the EU, and new software that helps them manage this multi-country system.

  • Jan 28, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    It's the end of the line for our #powerbreakthru series. The final answers to the survey are inside (along with links to the previous articles). See if you agree (or disagree) and tell us all about it on Twitter. We're dying to know. 

  • Jan 19, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    That’s right. For this installment of our popular Utility2Utility interview series, we’re going Down Under to chat with Michelle Taylor, manager of technology development at Ergon, about the Australian market, reliability, SWER and energy storage.

  • part one

    Jan 14, 2015 | Martin Milani

    With the continued deployment of advanced systems, sensors and other data sources, including hundreds of millions of smart meters, utilities are faced with an expanding universe of data that can lead down myriad roads, many of which are unproductive, confusing and downright distracting.

  • Jan 11, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Last summer, we put together our first industry quiz full of esoteric questions---with even more esoteric answers. That quiz covered acronyms, utility powerhouses and the first U.S. president to have electric power. Our new one today looks at a century of progress (though well after Disney did the same), a few power basics, and ‘80s rap music. Ready for round 2?

  • Jan 08, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Technology, standards and policy all play a role in shaping the future of energy generation and distribution, while IoT and big data will greatly affect intelligent management, according to IEEE Fellow John McDonald.

  • Jan 07, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Singapore Power Group (SP) is a leading energy utility group in the Asia Pacific. For this installment of Utility2Utility we spoke to Lawrence Lee, head of operations & projects, SP Services, about outage planning, smart grid and deregulated energy services--you know, all that smart cities stuff.

  • Jan 06, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We asked: What were the biggest, most powerful elements in our power industry history? Utilities, analysts, vendors and consultants answered. Part one covered AC vs. DC, digital tech, DR and battery storage. Who know what's in part two? Take a look and ping us if you agree (or disagree) with their choices. Tell us on Twitter with the #powerbreakthru. 

  • part two: counting down 7-1

    Dec 29, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    This list may not be exactly scientific. We paid attention to articles that garnered comments on social media, the chatter and how readers reacted. Part two covers the monsters of crowdsourcing, the biz model, zombies and even Godzilla.

  • part one: counting down 14-8

    Dec 28, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    It’s that time of the year again---time to reflect back in cutesy, numerical ways. CNN does it.  So, we admit to caving to journalistic peer pressure and joining in. Part one covers data, regs, customer psychology and more.