Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Efficiency: a critical success factor for solar storage systems
    May 29, 2014 | F. A. Amoroso

    Storage is potentially the game changer for the solar market nowadays, allowing self-consumption to be increased by using solar energy also to supply loads at night. Other than the reduction of storage cost and the introduction of possible incentive schemes, the maximization of the storage efficiency is a key factor to increase the system profitability, making the investment on solar plus storage actually viable for end-users.

  • A peek behind the forecasting curtain
    May 27, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    To me, forecasting is a bit like that "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain" moment in "The Wizard of Oz." After sitting through the "Integrating Energy Forecasts into Utility Planning and Operations: Perspectives from Market Participants" session at IEEE PES T&D in Chicago this April, I have to say it's still rather murky to me. Thank goodness the forecasters are smarter than I am.

  • Mitigating smart grid's privacy risks
    May 22, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Editor's note: When tapping the pulse of the industry on predictions through 2020, we polled insiders from across the U.S. and Europe.

  • Pulling insights, lessons from a superstorm
    May 20, 2014 | John R. Johnson

    When Superstorm Sandy struck the East Coast, the storm left billions worth of damages in its wake. Sandy's 14-foot storm surge devastated parts of New Jersey and New York, leaving millions in the dark and a re-building process that continues today.

  • Proposal closely watched
    Texas Mulls Capacity Market
    May 15, 2014 | Darrell Delamaide

    A capacity market may be the greatest thing since sliced bread, but it's not an easy sell.  Even PJM Interconnection, the world's largest competitive electricity market, which is very happy with its shift to a capacity market, found that the hardest part was to get regulators and stakeholders to buy into the concept.  "The biggest hurdle was getting the regulatory approvals," Terry Boston, PJM CEO, said.  "But just getting stakeholder agreement was also an obstacle."

  • What's up, utility doc?
    May 13, 2014 | Jeff Fleeman

    AEP's Jeff Fleeman gives us an insider tour of the utility's Asset Health Center, which 'keeps a watchful eye on T&D substation equipment.'

  • Lessons from California's high-stakes test
    The promise and pitfalls of shareholder incentives: Lessons from California's hi
    May 08, 2014 | Julia Zuckerman

    How many millions of dollars does it take to change a state's light bulbs?

    This sounds like the start of a joke, but for the last seven years, it's been anything but to California utilities and regulators. The crux of the dispute, which has had stakes in the hundreds of millions of dollars, has been an ambitious-but controversial-shareholder incentive designed to motivate California utilities toward greater energy efficiency.

  • Energy Central Reviews Mobile
    Topic Rewind: Mobility - Energy Central Reviews Mobile
    May 06, 2014 | PJ Davis

    From BYOD, to giving field workers immediate access to information, to the policies and technologies that make it all work; the changing state of mobile work force management is top of mind at utilities.

  • Moving Up
    Moving Up: The Well-Worn Path from CFO to CEO
    May 01, 2014 | Gary Stern

    If you want to take the fastest route to become chief executive of a major energy company or utility, serve  as chief financial officer. As just a few examples, Lynn Good, Duke Energy's CFO, took over the reins from former CEO Jim Rogers. Pepco Holding's CEO Joseph Rigby, Xcel's CEO Ben Fowke and Southern Company's CEO Tom Fanning all moved up after being CFOs.

  • Apr 29, 2014 | Tim Probert

    Europe's electricity market is a mess. The clash between the European Commission's desire for a single European market and national considerations of renewables targets, carbon emission reductions, price regulation and 'keeping the lights on' is profound and getting harsher.