Insights from our Editorial Team

  • 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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  • 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."

  • 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.