Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Utilities: the future's distribution system platform
    Jan 27, 2015 | Sergej Mahnovski

    The New York State Public Service Commission (NYS PSC) took the bold step of launching the "Reforming the Energy Vision" (REV) proceeding in April 2014. They mapped an ambitious vision of the future for the state's electricity system, giving more than 200 stakeholders the opportunity to participate in a collaborative process charting the "rules of the road" for the path forward.

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  • NERC CIP-014-1 Physical Security Standard
    Utilities Look to Get Started with NERC CIP-014-1 Physical Security Standard
    Jan 22, 2015 | Rick Shumard

    The critical infrastructure protection (CIP) standard for physical security measures (CIP-014-1) from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has been approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and will become effective on Jan. 26, 2015. FERC approved the standard on Nov. 20, nearly nine months after it directed NERC to file the measures.

  • The Odd Culture of Wind Farm Protests
    Breaking Wind: The Odd Culture of Wind Farm Protests
    Jan 20, 2015 | Wayne M. Kovach

    Wind farms are popping up all over the world with the lure of cleaner electric generation and a lessened dependency on fossil fuels. Renewable energy, including solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, and biomass, is all the rage in the race to combat climate change. So, why is wind so often contested amongst the general population?

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  • 8 pieces of awesome advice from our women-in-energy series
    Jan 15, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For the past couple of years, we've been interviewing women across the power industry from Reliant's chief marketing officer to EPRI's cybersecurity expert to NV Energy's lineman. Each had interesting insights into the industry and into how women fit in this industry---even advice on how women can conquer this industry. So, we decided our gift to our readers would be to gather all the best advice from this series and put them all here in one handy spot.

  • Transactive energy: not ready for peak load
    Jan 13, 2015 | Derek Handova

    Over the last decade and a half, federal and state demands for a more reliable and economically responsive electrical grid have grown immensely. Possible solutions to this demand include transactive energy (TE), the combination of economic and control techniques intended to improve grid reliability and efficiency. TE is supposed to take the concept of distributed energy resources (DER) to the next level. If all goes according to plan, it could supplant the current power transmission model by the year 2020.

  • Frontier of Energy Storage: The Holy Grail
    Jan 08, 2015 | Troy De Vries

    When Thomas Edison flipped the switch to his first dynamo in the 19th century, the genius-wizard launched a multitrillion-dollar industry. Making and delivering electricity leaped from infancy to cocky adolescence with speed unseen in new ventures.

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  • This thing called Hadoop could be a life preserver
    Drowning in big data?
    Jan 06, 2015 | Kathy Ball

    The electric industry is poised to become a cross-industry thought leader in handling, analyzing, and making strategic use of big data---but first the industry has to master the data. By big data, I'm referring to terabytes and petabytes of information; the type of data that will have your IT team screaming about lack of storage and causing bottlenecks in the IT network. At its core, big data presents two fundamental challenges:  how to store and work with volumes of data sizes and structures and how to turn this data into a strategic advantage.

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  • 11 Interviews You May have Missed in 2014
    10 Interviews You May have Missed in 2014
    Dec 30, 2014 | PJ Davis

    Unique and increasing demands from customers, regulation and technology are forcing utilities to flex in unprecedented ways. The resulting effects of these changes have real impact on the entire energy industry. In 2014, Energy Central mapped the industry's ebb and flow in a number of candid interviews with top utility CEOs and influencers.

  • THE TWITTER-BASED CUSTOMER SERVICE CONVERSATION
    Dec 23, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    A year ago, I really thought this headline was the truth: I neither understood nor cared about social media. It seemed a silly thing that silly people used to waste their time in silly ways-like telling me what they had for breakfast or where they were taking this or that particular selfie. I was wrong.

  • Championing Flexibility: Path to Security. Keeping the Enemy at Bay
    Dec 18, 2014 | Gary Hayes

    Before leading their forces into battle, generals make sure they have a solid, comprehensive plan. They also know, however, that the enemy is doing the same. Once the battle is joined, commanders on both sides must be prepared to adjust their tactics in response to battlefield conditions and events.