Insights from our Editorial Team

  • 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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  • 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.