Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Protecting Consumers
    Protecting Consumers
    Jul 01, 2014 | Lewis Mills

    The pressures and opportunities facing the utility industry today are unusual and significant.  There are risks, and when there is elevated risk in an enterprise, there is an elevated chance that the risk will turn into an actual cost increase or earnings decrease. There are opportunities as well, and when a regulated company has opportunities, there is a chance that the benefits accruing from those opportunities will not be fairly apportioned between shareholders and customer or that the regulated company will not take advantage of the opportunities.

  • Small is BIG
    The promise of modular nuclear reactors
    Jun 26, 2014 | Salvatore Salamone

    Small modular reactors with outputs in the double- to triple-digit megawatt range increasingly are being eyed as a way to drive down the costs, speed deployment and give a boost to nuclear as an energy source going forward.

    Comments: 5
  • Scams set off utility alarms across the country
    Jun 24, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Where there's a need, there's a scam. After all, there's a reason that we have the phrase "snake oil salesman" in the lexicon. And the greater the need, the greater the scam opportunities it seems. Snake oil salesmen used good marketing shtick to prey on the sick; today's scammers use technology to spread their cons across the population a bit more objectively-and power has certainly been a part of a con artist's favored target market.

  • Global Manufacturing Glut Receding
    Mukesh Dulani, President of SolarWorld Americas, Solar on the Rebound
    Jun 19, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    HILLSBORO, Ore. - Solar power equipment manufacturing is poised for a rebound, according to Mukesh Dulani, president of SolarWorld Americas.

    Comments: 3
  • Becoming a beacon of customer service
    Jun 17, 2014 | Felecia Lokey Etheridge

    Felecia Lokey Etheridge, senior director of customer engagement at Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), tells the utility's singular story about overcoming challenges and regaining customer trust, noting that the utility "found through experience that when a company is not telling its own story, there are not many others who will do it for them."

  • Norris Dam, Tennessee Valley Authority
    Jun 12, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Shortly after the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) was formed in 1933, a pilot program began in Tupelo, MS that offered low cost line of appliances, complete with a five-year financing program. Ahead of its time, the program allowed customers to make their appliance loan payments as part of their utility bill. That was the first of a stream of similar programs, which included energy conservation in the '70s & '80s, and energy efficiency and demand response programs that began in 2007 and continue today. All of these programs were designed to help the people of the Valley use electricity wisely.

  • Energy Central Reviews Big Data
    Topic Rewind: Analytics
    Jun 10, 2014 | PJ Davis

    How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. The world of big data is getting bigger. The last few months have produced a number of insightful articles to help slice this topic down into bite size pieces.

    This post brings together some of those articles for easy digesting. Please enjoy this rewind edition.

    Bon Appétit!

  • Jim Rogers Foresees Revolution
    Jim Rogers Foresees Revolution
    Jun 05, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    WASHINGTON - By 2020 there will be 11.3 gigawatts of electric storage installed globally, according to Jim Rogers, the former CEO of Duke Energy. It will be a part of the profound change coming to the electric utility sector, Rogers told the meeting of the Energy Storage Association in Washington on Thursday.

  • Customer dislike for utilities is universal but can change
    Jun 03, 2014 | Tim Probert

    You may think Europeans are more sophisticated than you Americans. Well, it turns out that when it comes to utility customer psychology, we are pretty much the same as our cousins in the US of A.

  • 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.