• Dec 11, 2006 | Jamie Wimberly
    Prices are rising. Customers are demanding more information and control over their usage. Existing information systems cannot meet these new needs. These are some of the many issues facing utility executives today.
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    Dec 01, 2006 | Charles Newton
    The term distribution automation can be applied to many aspects of the electric power delivery system, from the control center to the substation, to the feeders and indeed to the customer revenue meters.
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    Nov 30, 2006 | Ashish Sethia
    Since electricity is an essential commodity without many substitutes, the consumption is generally considered to be less elastic to price. Does this mean that when consumers of electricity are exposed to methods where the demand has to be decreased with increasing prices, they will fail to do so and that such methods would be of no use?
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    Nov 28, 2006 | Michael Morrison
    The main preoccupation in the electricity sector in many jurisdictions has been the power supply mix. Attention has tended to focus on the type of generation supply: for example, nuclear, hydro or fossil fuels and the percentage that each supply type should have in the supply mix. Frequently the availability and strength of the infrastructure required to get the electricity to market has taken a back seat.
  • Nov 21, 2006 | Nick Clark
    When the Department of Energy in Alberta, Canada [ADOE], deregulated the electricity market, it progressively unbundled the business functions of generation, transmission, wires operations, load settlement, wholesale and retail in an attempt to create an open and competitive market.
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    Nov 15, 2006 | Martin Flusberg
    Last month, we identified five constraints to making utility e-billing more effective. Here we address possible ways to address those issues.
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    Nov 03, 2006 | Jill Feblowitz
    High energy practices, aging assets and workforce, reliability and emissions considerations are driving energy companies to further develop strategies for increasing margins and reducing costs. One strategy that has emerged is operating generation as a fleet.
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    Oct 27, 2006 | Mike Smith
    Recently, a number of us at Energy Central were discussing the utility industry in broad, sweeping strokes when the discussion turned to information technology and automation. One of the participants asked, "So where's the utility industry's iPod?" Seemed like kind of a strange question at first, but ultimately, a pretty good one.
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    Oct 26, 2006 | Warren B. Causey
    Utilities in the U.S. and Canada, and elsewhere in the world, continue to build-out mobile capabilities as electric, natural gas and water companies work to integrate computing capabilities across their enterprise and into the field, where most of the work is done. In fact, the mobile market appear to be heating up as more utilities are looking to install systems and more vendors are bring new products to market.
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    Oct 23, 2006 | John Hanger
    There are no energy magic wands or magic bullets. No single policy or market development will reduce our reliance on burning fossil fuels to make electricity. The recipe for shifting from often foreign and polluting fossil fuels to domestic, clean renewable sources of energy includes multiple ingredients like portfolio laws, financial incentives, and net metering.