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  • Aug 20, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    This Knowledge Summit investigative report looks at the short evolution of the utility chief information officer from tech-head to a strategy-based position that plans ahead.

  • Nov 25, 2012 | Kathleen W. Davis

    Some IT lessons learned from closed-door Knowledge discussions include a fount of revelations about consumer influence, IT coverage and gaps still left to hurdle, whether that jump is through technology advancements or changes in governance.

  • Shared accountability is one path forward

    Jun 20, 2012 | Phil Carson

    A rigorous system for establishing accountability, shared responsibility and evaluating performance has helped Toronto Hydro to achieve a flatter, customer-oriented utility. Utility executives at Toronto Hydro describe the process they've undergone.

  • Shared accountability is one path forward

    Jun 19, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Organizations often express their need for focus through departments and business units, which can lead to  dreaded silos, characterized by separation. To bring down the walls, two utilities featured here have implemented shared accountability and performance reviews that value collaboration.   

  • Large muni utilities forge ahead

    Jun 18, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    Meet a dozen people whose work for their municipal utility has reflected thought leadership in the industry as well as a tightly run ship at their respective organizations. You may know some of these folks, but you may find a few surprises, as well.  

  • IEEE outreach might expand your thinking

    Mar 07, 2012 | Phil Carson

    The power industry has struggled to attract new talent because the pipeline of engineering students has dwindled and the industry itself has a reputation for stodginess. Given the convergence of IT, telecom, power and their transformative effects on society, however, it should be a hip field. So one man is going fishing where the fish are.

  • IEEE PES pursues objectives to attract and retain talent

    Mar 04, 2012 | Wanda Reder

    The IEEE Power & Energy Society has worked to offer scholarships, mentoring and career opportunities for engineering students to attract them to opportunities in Smart Grid work. An advocate argues that grid modernization is at risk if these efforts aren't widely supported.

  • Knowledge Executive Summit 2011 delegates share experiences
  • Q&A with CIO Branndon Kelley, American Municipal Power

    Oct 04, 2011 | Phil Carson

    CIO Branndon Kelley of American Municipal Power gives his view of IT personnel challenges in a Q&A interview. He discusses generation gaps, innovation versus reliability and leadership issues.

  • Cross-functional skills needed for the future
  • Preparing employees for technology changes
  • GridWise Alliance report: cross-functional skills needed

    smart grid workforce trends changing
    Aug 09, 2011 | Kate Rowland

    Just as Congressional focus returns to job creation, a KEMA report released recently for the GridWise Alliance argues that smart grid "presents an opportunity for the United States to develop a strong native industry around development, deployment, maintenance and servicing smart grid infrastructure and technology."  But it won't be a slam-dunk, by any means.

  • Grid modernization drives myriad issues

    Aug 09, 2011 | Phil Carson

    CIOs face myriad issues in implementing smart grid, from establishing the importance of cyber security within the organization to hiring the people who can make things work. An off-the-record discussion among CIOs reveals a few pressing issues that should be on IT's plate at any utility.

  • Black & Veatch today released the results of its fifth annual Strategic Directions in the Electric Utility Industry survey in which more than 700 U.S. utility leaders took part.
  • Smart meters, workforce attrition and peak oil

    Apr 20, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Intelligent Utility Daily readers tell us what's important to them when they visit in droves and some post comments that provide specifics for their interest. In the past two weeks, opting out on smart meters, attrition in the utility workforce and electric vehicles produced the most insights. Get in touch with your peers in the industry by reading this column.

  • IEEE PES offers help to engineering students

    Apr 08, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Most debates over grid modernization miss the point, because up to half the industry's power engineers will retire within five years. Will anyone keep the lights on, let alone modernize the grid? The IEEE Power and Energy Society is putting money and effort to ensure the nation's economic and security future by offering scholarships to power engineering studients. You can help.

  • AEP tunes into cross-functional teamwork
  • Itron Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) announced today that it participated in the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Vids for Grids: New Media for the New Energy Workforce program to help demonstrate smart grid equipment, explain electrical engineering concepts and portray exciting career opportunities in smart grid technology.
  • Landis+Gyr announced it was chosen by the Northwest Lineman College (NLC) to help develop a smart grid training center at the college’s Oroville, CA campus.
  • Renewable energy. Smart grids. Overcoming public fear of nuclear energy. These are just a few of the myriad, complex issues facing the energy industry as its leaders prepare to gather for the 3rd Annual EnergyBiz Leadership Forum (www.EnergyBizForum.com), February 27 to March 1, 2011 at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington, D.C.