Human Resources

  • 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.
  • Toronto Hydro's Rob Wong discusses the relationship

    Jan 04, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Toronto Hydro's head of IT, Rob Wong, talks about improving IT culture and his utility's method for aligning IT and OT, or operational technology. The second part of a two-part interview, which began yesterday.

  • One man's journey from operations to IT at Toronto Hydro

    Jan 03, 2011 | Phil Carson

    We talk with Rob Wong, vice president for IT at Toronto Hydro about cultural changes in IT and the oft-fractious IT relationship with operations technology, where he has spent the bulk of his career. Wong draws back the curtain on Toronto Hydro's management processes in this two-part interview.

  • Public power communities in Kansas will be learning about special offerings in metering, outage management, SCADA, cyber security, human resources, and customer information solutions through a new partnership between the Kansas Power Pool (KPP) and Hometown Connections, a utilities service subsidiary of the American Public Power Association (APPA).
  • Energy Central has announced an outstanding roster of energy business leaders, government leaders, and innovators who will attempt to map out a five year strategy plan for senior utility executives attending the 2011 EnergyBiz Leadership Forum.
  • ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI), a leading provider of consulting services and technology solutions to government and commercial clients, has been awarded two multi-year contracts totaling $9.2 million to support two major U.S. utilities.
  • Global performance improvement solutions provider General Physics Corporation (GP), the operating subsidiary of GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX), announced today that its Energy Services group received an award from Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) to develop comprehensive North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) PER-005 compliant System Operator training program materials.
  • Aug 02, 2010 | Kate Rowland

    Today, Intelligent Utility magazine released its annual list of the Top 25 intelligent utilities in the United States. SDG&E dominated the top position for the second year in a row, with some interesting movement among the other 24 spots.