Industry Structure

  • Jan 27, 2015 | Wannie Park

    Smart thermostats are the latest tool in the arsenal for utilities to stay relevant with customers.

  • Jan 18, 2015 | Guy Barlow

    For companies that don’t want merely to succeed in the utilities industry but to lead, continual business transformation is a must. It appears, however, that actually achieving this transformation is also one of their most vexing challenges.

  • Jan 15, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For this installment of C-suite Insider, we continue a conversation with Sandy Fisher, director of electric system project management at Pepco Holdings, that began with our women-in-energy series. Here she examines just what the industry is doing right (and wrong) these days.

  • 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 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 of the women-in-energy article series

    Jan 05, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Dawn Roth Lindell became chief information officer (CIO) of the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) in 2013. She helms the IT team as her main gig, but she’s also on the leadership team, which means she gets to “help shape the future of the organization,” she said.

  • 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. 

  • Dec 23, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For the past couple of years, we’ve been interviewing women across the power industry. Each had interesting insights into the industry and into how women fit in this industry—even advice on how women can conquer this industry. So, we gathered all the best advice from this series and put them all here in one handy spot. 

  • Dec 18, 2014 | Sergej Mahnovski

    Utilities will need to invest in the infrastructure and systems that will become the backbone of future markets.  But more importantly, utilities will invest in people, industry knowledge, brainpower and application skills that come into work each day. Say what you will, but the architecture of our energy future still involves keeping our lights on and our devices running. 

  • part of the women-in-energy article series

    Dec 17, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    When I asked Sandy Fisher, director of electric systems project management at Pepco Holdings, Inc. (PHI), to tell me about her job, she said, “My current job is to make sure we get our large capital projects done on time, on budget and ultimately, do what we say we’re going to do.”  When I asked her how she described her job to those outside of our industry, she added, “Well, I usually just tell them I’m an electrical engineer.”

  • part one

    Dec 13, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We asked: What are the biggest, most powerful elements from the equation in our power industry history? Utilities, analysts, vendors and consultants answered. Do you agree with their choices? Tell us on Twitter with the #powerbreakthru. 

  • Dec 11, 2014 | Ron Pate

    Change is coming to all branches of the energy industry, including generation, transmission and distribution, with many impactful changes emerging in the generation, storage and distribution of energy. Because all parts of the grid affect one another, these changes will need to be viewed from a holistic perspective as they evolve.

  • Yes, even at 3 a.m.

    Dec 07, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Just consider me the Intelligent Utility librarian-in-residence. One of the important aspects of my job isn’t just finding info, writing it up and pushing it out. In fact, I’m also here to tell you what works together---and what insider insights may be best incorporated into your next paper or presentation. Need a good quote from a utiltiy executive that sums up your point? Need to know what a utility is doing with DA or reliability or mobility to support your hypothesis? Just click here.

  • part of the women-in-energy article series

    Dec 02, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We chat with Teresa Mogensen, VP of transmission for Xcel Energy, about her job, how she got here and the trick to overseeing more than 19,000 miles of lines and 1,100 substations throughout 10 states.

  • IEEE answers

    Nov 25, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We knocked on a few doors and asked about the industry a-ha moments that defined the last century for our November/December print issue. To start the conversation, we decided to include the full answer here of Massoud Amin, chairman, IEEE Smart Grid. Do you agree? Let us know on Twitter with #powerBREAKTHRU and tell us what about power you're thankful for with #thanksPOWER.

  • Nov 24, 2014 | Mike Smith

    One of the “problems” with analytics is that it really is pretty cool. It is very easy to get lost and pulled into the technology and find oneself working deep into the technology before---or not fully---considering the business implications and impacts of working with data in a new way.

  • Nov 23, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Usually for this series, we talk directly with traditional electric utilities. But, creeping farther and farther into the utility space, is a new form of utility---the retail one. Founded in Canada in 1986, Direct Energy is the largest energy retailer in North America. Unlike traditional utilities, retailers like Direct Energy can slice and dice both geography and customer segments.