Industry Structure

  • Apr 06, 2014 | Erich Gunther

    Erich Gunther writes here as a board member for the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), discussing how the panel fits into the overall standards ecosystem.

  • 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 18, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Jill Feblowitz, VP of Energy Insights, answers a new co-worker's questions on industry drivers, dynamic resiliency, eroding revenues, innovation and the "new normal."

  • Mar 17, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Jim Rogers, the man who once helmed powerhouse utility Duke Energy, recently told the utility industry that our traditional business model is punch-drunk and ready for the KO. And, to be honest, he’s not alone in predicting that this biz is shedding old skins. In this new model discussion, here are two simple ways to get started.

  • Feb 26, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    This is the first of our talks with IEEE. In it, Noel Schulz discusses how IEEE's power and energy society (PES) is evolving and how engineers can evolve with it. (And, yes, how you can get that school to put your name over the door.)

  • 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.

  • Dec 24, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Some want their two front teeth for Christmas, but, in this industry, we like to wish for new technology, smoother regulatory processes and improved customer service. A decade or more ago, that wish list was supposed to be answered by deregulation, which didn't quite deliver like Santa. Still, deregulation didn't totally die. It just morphed into retail energy these days, and making good on that Christmas wish list is now possible--at least in some states. (This is part two of a two-part article. Read part one here.) 

  • Dec 23, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Some want their two front teeth for Christmas, but, in this industry, we like to wish for new technology, smoother regulatory processes and improved customer service. A decade or more ago, that wish list was supposed to be answered by deregulation, which didn't quite deliver like Santa. Still, deregulation didn't totally die. It just morphed into retail energy these days, and making good on that Christmas wish list is now possible--at least in some states.

  • May 13, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    In all honesty, utilities have wanted transactive energy for years. As the market becomes more open, utilities have lagged behind because their product isn’t priced by ability to supply or quantity of demand. Transactive energy could change all of that (for good or bad, depending on where you’re at geographically and in consumption and, also, how much you’re willing to pay attention to fluctuations).

  • ScottMadden, Inc., one of North America's leading energy consulting firms, will join forces with Energy Central to present, "The State of the Energy Industry," on Friday, March 8, 2013, from 12:00-1:00 PM EST. To learn more or to register for this free webcast, please click here: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/767445185
  • Feb 28, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

     

    In March, the Utility Analytics Institute will host the Utility Analytics Summit in Napa, California that will feature insider insights into analytics and utility planning. As we countdown to that event, next week we’re chatting with some of the experts set to attend that Summit, picking their brains for details on how analytics will change the very essence of the power industry. Today, we talk with various executives at Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), one of the founding members of the Utility Analytics Institute.  

     

  • Feb 17, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

     

    In March, the Utility Analytics Institute will host the Utility Analytics Summit in Napa, California. As we begin the countdown to that event, we’ll chat with some of the experts set to attend that Summit, picking their brains for details on how analytics will change the very essence of the power industry. Today, we talk to Raiford Smith, director of smart grid emerging technology at Duke Energy, about his vision of the analytics road ahead.

     

  • Feb 11, 2013 | Lee Krevat

    Principles and best practices from "Moneyball," as well as other books such as "Competing on Analytics," are well suited for decision makers in unregulated utilities. SDG&E's Lee Krevat, along with Tim Fairchild from SAS, reveal the lessons available to electricity insiders.

  • We can't escape the connections, but we can act

    Jan 09, 2013 | Phil Carson

    The power sector needs leaders to articulate the critical nature of infrastructure investment, stripped of the "smart grid" hype. Turn off the TV if you want to understand that our economic future and lifestyle is at risk if we don't ante up.

  • Public-private partnerships: rat hole for investment?

    Jan 07, 2013 | Phil Carson

    The argument that public-private partnerships helps innovation, the economy and our global competitiveness is poppycock. Not a dime of taxpayer money should ever be used to encourage, coordinate or facilitate research into market-ready technologies, argues our columnist.  

  • UTC webinar refreshes the conversation

    Jan 01, 2013 | Phil Carson

    Smart appliances come with questions on how the market will develop. How will manufacturers, utiltiies and end-use customers be incentivized to participate? Questions dominated a recent webinar on the subject. 

  • 3Q 2012 began with the year's biggest story

    Dec 30, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Wild fires in the West, derechos in the East and a massive hurricane crashing into New York City brought renewed attention to grid modernization and questions on whether public investment has paid off. The results of investigations into those questions will resonate throughout the coming year. 

  • Power's past as prologue: 2012's issues haven't been resolved

    Dec 26, 2012 | Phil Carson

    A surprising number of issues identified in 2012 will continue to drive power industry discussions in the coming year, including customer engagement, security and storage, judging by the way those issues evolved between spring and fall of the year just past.

  • Some issues progressed considerably in just one year

    Dec 25, 2012 | Phil Carson

    The year past began with the evolving issue of customer engagement, data analytics and smart meter opt-out policies. If the third issue has been largely resolved by very low opt-out rates, the first two remain front and center for the power industry.