Insights from our Editorial Team

  • SMUD's analytics evolve with the smart grid
    Mar 26, 2015 | Jennifer Potter

    Analysts in the utility industry have much work to do these days. With the deluge of data that has accompanied the smart grid evolution, analysts are leveraging the billions of rows of data and working to transform it into actionable insight. Analytics that utilizes data from the smart meters, coupled with data from a smart distribution system, has empowered---and will continue to empower---utilities to answer operational questions and solve problems with greater speed and accuracy.

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    Now is the time for utilities to look at wearable tech
    Mar 24, 2015 | Alex Pischalnikov

    The utilities industry is undergoing a major revolution---digital technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) are enabling a smarter grid and a renewed focus on the customer. While wearable devices are a fairly new entry into this technology ecosystem, they offer utilities promising opportunities to make operations more efficient and to increase customer satisfaction.

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  • British Households could save £200 a year by switching energy supplier
    Mar 19, 2015 | Kevin Burke

    By failing to take advantage of the deals on the market and by staying loyal to their old supplier, around 13.5 million households are missing out on a slice of a potential £2.7 billion in savings, and while millions of these would reduce their energy bills by more than £200, many would save even more.

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    ESA Chair Lamontagne weathers industry and association changes
    Mar 17, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Colette Lamontagne has spent a lot of her life consulting---talking strategy and planning, technology and road maps. Some of it has been as part of her day job as a director in Navigant's Energy Practice, but, last June, she got a new opportunity to talk about the future when she was named chair of the Energy Storage Association's (ESA) Board of Directors.

  • Another winter of discontent
    Mar 12, 2015 | Mark Hill

    Who can forget the dreaded Polar Vortex of '14? Energy retailers were caught in a vice-like grip of spiking demand, diminished supply and a rapidly degrading operational capability which crushed business plans and even caused a few to shut their doors.

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  • Four Years Since Fukushima
    Four Years Since Fukushima
    Mar 10, 2015 | PJ Davis

    The sad events of March 11, 2011 have indelibly marked our hearts and our planet. While the events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were unprecedented, for many, nuclear fuel is still felt to be the cleanest, most efficient source of electric power.

  • so near, but so far apart
    Europe's big three: so near, but so far apart
    Mar 05, 2015 | Tim Probert

    Europe's three largest economies---Germany, Britain and France---are geographically close, but their electricity markets are worlds apart. France is dominated by a single utility, while Germany has thousands. Somewhere in the middle between these two almost diametrically opposed markets, sits Britain.

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    Utility2Utility: American Electric Power
    Mar 03, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    American Electric Power (AEP) is one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S. It serves more than 5.3 million customers in 11 states. It also owns nearly 38,000 MW of generating capacity and owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.

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  • Two drivers for the utility future
    Feb 26, 2015 | Patty Durand

    One of the most compelling discussions in the power industry today focuses on how consumers' digital-era sophistication and growing expectations for service-along with technology innovation-are impacting utilities.

  • Edison Electric Institute Looks to the Future in Annual Wall Street Industry Bri
    Feb 24, 2015 | Thomas R. Kuhn

    Earlier this month, I joined four other Edison Electric Institute (EEI) officers to brief Wall Street analysts, bankers, and investors on the state of the U.S. electric power industry. Fittingly, the briefing was held on February 11, Thomas Edison's birthday, which served as a great reminder that our industry and the innovations we power all started with one man's vision.

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