• More insights from UAI Summit 2012

    Feb 23, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    "Tomorrow's utility executives will be analytics-driven," Mike Smith, vice president of Energy Central's Utility Analytics Institute, told attendees at last week's Utility Analytics Institute Summit 2012. But many of today's utility executives are already heading quickly in that direction, as evidenced by two utility panels. Here is what they told us.

  • Ontario’s PowerStream builds communications infrastructure
  • Jack Layton had a history with Toronto Hydro

    wind energy and Toronto's grand plan
    Aug 22, 2011 | Kate Rowland

    Our columnist steps up upon an unaccustomed soapbox today to acknowledge the passing of a man who spearheaded, through Toronto City Council, some forward-looking energy efforts during his time as vice-chair of Toronto Hydro. No matter what your political leanings, you'll want to read this.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ontario is clear on who controls personal information

    Nov 24, 2010 | Kate Rowland

    Who owns customer electricity usage data? For Michelle Chibba, who oversees the policy department and special projects at the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, and for the province of Ontario, the answer's easy. For some states within the U.S., the jury's still out.

  • A matter of "getting in there, rolling up your sleeves and doing it"

    Nov 17, 2010 | Kate Rowland

    If Ivano Labricciosa, vice president of asset management for Toronto Hydro-Electric System, had a nickel for everyone who has asked him the secret to the utility's successful (and massive) smart meter deployment, he would be a rich man. He and other members of Toronto Hydro's smart grid steering committee shared their thoughts and ideas last week with utility executives across the country at the Knowledge 2010 Summit.