Insights from our Editorial Team

  • From the Knowledge Summit: the future of utilities is transparent
    Nov 11, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Energy Central's 9th annual Knowledge Summit kicked off on Tuesday, November 11 with an opening session that painted a picture of the future of utilities.

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  • Nebraska Public Power District
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    Nov 06, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    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 installment of C-suite Insider, we spoke with Nebraska Public Power District's David Webb, who garnered his CIO title about five years ago. But, we'll let him tell his own story.

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  • How four U.S. utilities are tackling big data
    Nov 04, 2014 | John R. Johnson

    Big data is taking on an increased role at utilities both large and small. Harvesting reams of data that was previously unavailable just 18-24 months ago opens up great opportunities for both utilities and ratepayers.

  • Where Do Utilities Stand?
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    Oct 30, 2014 | PJ Davis

    On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy moved in on the Jersey shore. Local and national crews rallied to  restore power to over 2 million. Impressively, power companies managed to cut that number by almost half in just under a week. Two years later, utilities across north America continue to asked themselves 'Are we ready for the next time?'.

  • Federal court uncovers utility sector secret: electrons don't follow rules
    Oct 28, 2014 | Sara E. Bergan

    When Minnesota legislators passed the Next Generation Energy Act in 2007 (the "Act") - which in part limited utility transactions that would increase statewide power sector carbon dioxide emissions-it was intended as a stop-gap measure until something better and more comprehensive came along.

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  • Utility2Utility: Fort Collins Utilities
    Oct 23, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    In the 1880s, soon after Fort Collins was established, the city's citizens and public officials became adamant about creating a system to provide the community with dependable water, sewer and power. The City of Fort Collins Utilities was born with power organized in 1887, a city sewer system underway in 1888 and five sewer districts formed by ordinance in 1891.

  • How to Protect Yourself from Utility Imposters
    Oct 21, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia

    There's a hot, new scandal happening in the utility industry that you're going to want to avoid.  Customers across the country are reporting utility imposters who try to forcefully clean out their bank accounts. Dangling the threat of shutting off gas and electric if immediate payment is not received, these scammers are posing as legitimate utility companies, making it difficult for customers to tell the difference.

  • Asia power market trends
    Oct 16, 2014 | Derek Handova

    As everyone knows, Asia has been rapidly industrializing since at least the year 2000. One of the limiting factors on this growth has been the availability of energy generation capability as the electrical power market has struggled to keep pace. To supplement the traditional energy sources from nuclear and coal, Asia Pacific countries are now increasingly adding renewable sources such as solar and wind.

  • Part of the women-in-energy article series
    Cooper offers the power to Choose
    Oct 14, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    "As Kayak is to travel, Choose Energy is to electricity," said Kerry Cooper, CEO of Choose Energy when I asked how she described her gig to people outside of the industry. But even people inside of the industry might be a little confused at what Cooper does. An "energy marketplace" really isn't the norm in most states, as Cooper noted. In fact, most customers still live in areas dominated by regulation.

  • U.S. Reports Significant Rise in Electricity Costs
    Oct 09, 2014 | Katia Lundy

    Retail residential electricity prices across the U.S. rose in the first half of this year, averaging 12.3 per kilowatt hour, a 3.2 percent price hike from the same period last year. This is the largest six-month rise since 2009, the U.S Energy Information Administration has reported.

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