Insights from our Editorial Team

  • The Importance of Forecasting and Demand Planning in Managing a Lean Supply Chain
    What Can Utilities Learn from Walmart?
    Oct 07, 2014 | Dan Garvey

    Walmart stocks products made in more than 70 countries and operates more than 11,000 stores in 27 countries around the world with an average of 175,000 different products in each store. The logistics of managing such a geographically dispersed and product diverse supply chain are mind boggling.  Where do you begin?  You begin at the end!

  • Efficiency from a utility perspective: How modernizing the grid will accelerate
    Oct 02, 2014 | David Groarke

    In April, the UN released a landmark climate change report that suggested diverting hundreds of billions of dollars from fossil fuels into renewable energy and cutting energy waste would shave just 0.06% off expected annual economic growth rates of 1.3%-3%.

  • Utility2Utility: Glendale Water & Power
    Sep 30, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Glendale Water & Power is a municipal utility that serves the citizens and community of Glendale, California including over 33,744 water and 85,358 electric customers. Glendale Water & Power's vision is to provide our customers with reliable and sustainable water and power services that are cost effective and innovative.

  • Texas Grid Finally Catches Up With Wind Power Output
    Sep 25, 2014 | Devon Bass

    For years Texas was producing more wind power than it could effectively put to use. Between 2006 and 2009 over 7,000 megawatts of wind capacity was built in the state. These turbines were almost entirely located in the windy plains of West Texas.

  • When in Brazil: know your local insurance requirements
    Sep 23, 2014 | Amy Ingram

    While the world watched the FIFA World Cup in July, the alternative energy community may have been more squarely focused on the Brazilian wind energy market. Brazil is a country rich with sustainable wind energy opportunities, and many U.S.-based clean technology companies may be targeting this growing market.

  • Chasing the Sun
    Lessons for U.S. Utilities from the German Energiewende
    Sep 18, 2014 | Jack Azagury

    Energiewende has become one of the most talked about topics in the utilities industry and perhaps one of the most notorious. It has also become the example of how not to do energy policy. And while this may be true in many respects, the strategy has been successful in certain areas, least of which is providing learnings for other countries.

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  • The Women's Energy Network turns 20
    Winning with WEN: The Women's Energy Network turns 20
    Sep 16, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Throughout our women-in-energy series, we've looked at women who networked well and networked in varying ways: Reliant's Karen Jones through marketing to the Texas masses or NV Energy's Shannon Skinner through running a crack linemen team who all affectionately call her "the whip."

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  • An Energy Company: Where the Average Desk Job Turns into Pandemonium
    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?
    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.

  • C-suite Insider: A chat with ComEd's SVP Val Jensen
    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.