• APPA’s Kelly on Emissions, Cybersecurity
    View from the Top | Aug 31, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
    America’s public power utilities in more than 2,000 communities are wrestling with the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposals to curb carbon emissions, and at the same time they are joining other energy companies trying to make our grid more secure. Sue Kelly, the new president and chief executive officer of the American Public Power Association, discusses the challenges ahead. 
  • Utility2utility: Con Edison
    Insight Article | Aug 28, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis
    Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison) provides electric service in New York City (except for a small area of Queens), and most of Westchester County. For this installment of our utility2utility series, we talk with Chris Gallo, senior specialist, customer outreach and education, about the urban utility's work in mobile engagement.
  • Solving the space problem with synchronization
    Insight Article | Aug 26, 2014 | Daniel Flores
    Engineers at electrical utilities spend a lot of time mulling over synchronization-the action of comparing the voltage, phase angle and frequency conditions between a power source (such as a generator) and the electric power network (or system)-before tying up the two different voltage sources. Why is that so vitally important?
  • The View from the West
    View from the Top | Aug 24, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
    The Western Area Power Administration service territory encompasses a transmission system spanning 15 states and 1.5 million square miles, serving 700 preference customers and numerous open access transmission customers who rely on the existing infrastructure for their power.  We recently caught up with Mark A. Gabriel, agency administrator, to discuss some major challenges ahead.
  • We'll call you an expert if you can ace this quiz
    Insight Article | Aug 21, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis
    In a moment of levity in this all-too-serious industry, we pay homage to our favorite scene in the now 20-year-old "Speed" where Jeff Daniels says to Keanu Reeves, "Pop quiz, hotshot" and then runs through various scenarios for the gum-smacking Keanu to sort through. Well, here's our version. It's not as adrenaline pumping as "Speed," but, on the good side, nothing explodes if you're wrong-not even if you take this quiz at under 50 miles per hour.
  • Xcel Reveals Winds of Change
    Insight Article | Aug 19, 2014 | Frank Prager
    Frank Prager, vice president of policy and strategy at Xcel Energy, writes about how a decade of growth in wind energy holds valuable lessons for the future of solar.

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