Intelligent Utility Magazine Sep / Oct 2014
In This Issue
  • New markets for energy projects are all the rage these days. Barely a day goes by that we don’t hear about new projects being developed in Latin America, MENA, Asia or some other exciting place that isn’t here. Renewable energy projects in particular are popular, but gas plants are also getting significant attention. And, quite often, these projects are developed by foreign companies, which might...
  • For decades, utilities in general were known as stodgy outfits that were slow to adapt to change. How things have changed. In perhaps the biggest shift in the history of the industry, utilities are embracing the burgeoning data analytics industry to gain better efficiencies and provide better customer service. According to ABI Research, spending on big data and analytics in the energy industry...
  • Analysts in the utility industry have much work to do these days. With the deluge of data that has accompanied the smart grid evolution, analysts are leveraging the billions of rows of data and working to transform it into actionable insight. Analytics that utilizes data from the smart meters, coupled with data from a smart distribution system, has empowered—and will continue to empower—utilities...
  • “I’m always looking at powerlines wherever I go,” said Erica Zimmerer, manager of asset management program design, distribution for Entergy. “My husband thinks it’s funny. He says, ‘I don’t even see them.’” “Seeing” powerlines, however, is such a big part of Zimmerer’s daily work life, it’s no surprise she takes a peek even when she’s off the clock. But, she does admit that explaining her job—and...
  • EMPs are flippin’ everywhere these days. Seriously. From fire-and-brimstone articles on the number of Americans who could die from a pulse attack to popular films in the theater over the summer, you just can’t escape those electromagnetic pulses, it seems. Three hours after I spoke with Mark McGranaghan at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) about the science behind all those angry EMP...