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  • Today ComEd announced the five finalists in its Student Innovation Contest, challenging college students to envision products, services or software apps that leverage smart meter technology to help low-income customers better manage their electricity use and save money.
  • Apr 27, 2014 | John D. McDonald

    John D. McDonald, board chairman of SGIP 2.0, discusses the association's history, challenges and future.

  • Apr 12, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    When tapping the pulse of the industry on predictions through 2020, we polled insiders from across the U.S. and Europe. Here we speak with Hans ten Berge, secretary general of EURELECTRIC, the Brussels-based association of the European electricity industry.

  • Apr 03, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Throughout our women-in-energy series, we’ve looked at women who networked well and networked in varying ways. For this installment in the series, we take the idea of women and networking more literally and chat with a couple of ladies within the Women’s Energy Network (WEN), an international organization of professional women founded in 1994 by Karyl McCurdy Lawson and celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2014.

  • Mar 14, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    A review of the sights, sounds and shout-outs you may have missed in the industry’s social media this week, featuring: CPS Energy, the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, Madison Gas & Electric, Mississippi Power and a whole lot more. Click to read. Read to click.

  • Feb 19, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN) gives a look at their global utility survey and how water and energy interact from water pumping and treatment to transportation.

  • Feb 13, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Last year at about this time, I wrote a piece on what power conferences teach us, especially in 2013, which was the year of analytics and the lament of AMI. I wanted to do a follow up, having recently returned from another large conference with more tidbits and details. It’s time to compare and contrast and see if we’ve all learned anything new and exciting.

  • Jan 23, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Hagihon Company, Ltd. is Israel’s largest municipal area water and wastewater services utility. For this unique international installment of our popular utility2utility article series, we spoke to Aharon Rosenberg, deputy CEO of water, and Josh Yeres, vice president of business development about Israel’s utility system and the tech trends they’re working with.

  • Jan 22, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    The Natural Resources Defense Council and the Philadelphia Water Department discuss how, each year, more municipalities are integrating large-scale green infrastructure (GI) practices within their water and wasterwater infrastructure.

  • Jan 01, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

     

    It’s official with the birth of 2014. It’s been a year now since we started reviewing utility tweets on a monthly basis. So, of all the utility tweets we talked about in 2013, these were our favorites—the cream of the crop, the tip of the top.

     

     

  • Dec 30, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    It’s that time of the year again: Time to reflect back in cutesy, numerical ways. CNN does it. Fox News does it. Even CBS This Morning does it. So, we admit to caving to journalistic peer pressure and joining in. So, sit down with some coffee  and give our list the once-over. Do you agree? Disagree? Did we miss your favorite?

  • 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.

  • Nov 18, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    “I love being the face of ASME for the world,” said Madiha El-Mehelmy Kotb, new president for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), when we spoke to her in October. She revealed her history, ASME's focus on future growth and how she went from dreaming about mag lev trains to being that ASME face for the world. (This is part of our popular women-in-energy article series.)

  • Nov 06, 2013 | Mike Smith

    Mike Smith, VP at Energy Central is also the chair of the Knowledge Summit and the KITE Awards programs. The KITE awards program is part of the annual Knowledge Summit recognizing utility leadership knowledge, innovation and technology excellence. Winners of this year's awards include CenterPoint Energy, Snohomish County PUD, SDG&E, City of Fort Collins and PPL.

  • Nov 05, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    The 2013 Knowledge Summit kicked off with an opening keynote on Nov 5, 2013, at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., which featured Mike Smith, vice president of the Utility Analytics Institute; Brigadier General Gregory Lengyel, United States Air Force (USAF); and Justin Brady, creativity cultivator with Test of Time Design.

  • Oct 31, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    October in Oklahoma brings the first real, true signs of fall: the leaves start to change color (as much as they will before a good freeze knocks ‘em right off), the fear of tornadoes wanes a bit, and the temps finally dip below 90. It’s fairly easy to recognize the seasonal change in this state: It’s literally a cold breeze. The same can be true, metaphorically, for the seasonal changes visible on Twitter. There are no falling leaves, of course, but there is a shift in messaging. Our October issue of "the best utility tweets" examines that shift from squirrel madness to digital language tips.

  • Oct 22, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We all love Twitter. We all tweet. (Don’t lie. We can see you typing those 140 characters right now.) Here at Intelligent Utility, we’ve focused especially hard on our Twitter feed in the last few months: making sure our followers get links to great articles from us and great insights from around the industry, being fun sometimes, showing off some great T&D photos. About a week ago, we passed the mark of 2,000 followers with Scott Emery. We decided to chat with him a bit on what makes him tick and why he choose to join our Twitter community.

  • Oct 06, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Every year the Knowledge Summit gives out annual KITE awards. (KITE stands for knowledge, innovation, technology and excellence.)  The staff and committees of the Knowledge Summit believe these are the characteristics that distinguish true leaders. If someone in your organization fits those marks and has made a real difference in the areas of IT, operations and customer service, you should nominate them now for a KITE award.

  • Aug 14, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    If pop culture references—throw-off bits in commercials, music and intro monologues to variety shows—mean you’ve “made it,” the smart grid has finally arrived. It's front-and-center in a new commercial by GMC featuring the Hoover Dam. Does this mean we're as popular as Ashton Kutcher and Comic-Con? Well, maybe not. But, it's a start.

  • Jun 23, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Cynthia Boykin Austin, a managing partner in the Jacksonville Office of Broad & Cassel Attorneys at Law, has been a JEA board member for almost eight years and practicing law for more than 20.  She was appointed for a four-year term and reappointed for a second four-year term, which expires on February 28, 2014. She served as JEA board chair in 2008 and 2009 and is the current vice chair. Intelligent Utility spoke to Austin for a look at utilities and the power industry from a board member’s unique perspective. (This is the second article in our women-in-energy article series.)