• A Conversation with Elliot Mainzer
    View from the Top | Sep 14, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
    The Bonneville Power Administration was launched in the 1930s to help harness the electric power potential of the Columbia River and power the Northwest. Today, its concerns include wind power and the fate of the August salmon. We recently discussed the agency’s evolving mission with Elliot Mainzer, who became BPA’s administrator in January.
  • An Energy Company: Where the Average Desk Job Turns into Pandemonium
    Insight Article | Sep 11, 2014 | Wayne M. Kovach
    I'd venture to say that many, if not most, things in life are not planned and happen beyond our control. Education, relationships, families, and vocation occupy the majority of our lives. Some plans work out, and some don't. That rule applies to me. I started my career as a graphic designer, and now I work for a demand response company. It's best not to question these changes, but embrace them.
  • What role can big data play for European DSOs?
    Insight Article | Sep 09, 2014 | Tim Probert
    More than most European nations, the Republic of Ireland needs to get familiar with big data and remote operation of the grid. With four times the EU average of overhead networks per capita, an extremely high variable renewable penetration-two GW of wind (half on the distribution network) out of a five GW system peak-and stormy conditions at the extremity of Europe, Ireland needs to know if it can cope with the changing landscape.
  • Fanning on Grid Security
    View from the Top | Sep 07, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
    Tom Fanning, the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Southern Company, has emerged as an industry leader on grid security, chairing the Electricity Sub-Sector Coordinating Council. We recently sat down with Fanning at an industry gathering to discuss the state of grid security.
  • C-suite Insider: A chat with ComEd's SVP Val Jensen
    Insight Article | Sep 04, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis
    Here at Energy Central, we have a number of popular article series. With our Utility2Utility series, we talk with insiders about a specific project, program or focus. With our women-in-energy series, we profile women making a difference in this industry. Now we're starting a third series called C-suite Insider where we combine the heart of both the Utility2Utility series and the women-in-energy series: In this latest bit of insight, we sit down with high-level executives and managers and get personal. We want to know how they got here, what they love about their jobs and how they see the industry evolving. For this second installment of C-suite Insider, we spoke with Val Jensen, senior vice president (SVP) with ComEd, a man who thinks he has "the best job around." But, we'll let him tell his own story.
  • Latin America wind energy market overview
    Insight Article | Sep 02, 2014 | Jesse Broehl
    The global wind industry added 36,134 MW in 2013, the first time in eight years that the wind power industry has installed less in a given year than the year before. The size of the annual market declined 20 percent year on year in 2013, compared to market growth of 18.6 percent in 2012. The market decline was not unexpected. Negative conditions in several key countries, particularly the U.S. and Spain, were a drag on market growth. The U.S. will recover through the 2014-2015 cycle with over 12 GW expected, but Spain, once a pillar of the global wind market, will languish following a collapse of its renewables policies.

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