Insights from our Editorial Team

  • EIA finds wind energy will have largest role in cost-effectively meeting Clean P
    May 28, 2015 | Michael Goggin

    Low-cost, zero-emission wind energy will become even more valuable as states and utilities develop plans to cost-effectively reduce carbon pollution to comply with EPA's Clean Power Plan, according to new economic analysis from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), a nonpartisan branch of the Department of Energy (DOE). EIA's analysis modeled a range of options for complying with EPA's proposed rule across a variety of scenarios, and wind energy consistently emerged as the lowest cost option for reducing emissions.

  • Here's what you need to know
    May 26, 2015 | Morten Lund

    New markets for energy projects are all the rage these days. Barely a day goes by that we don't hear about new projects being developed in Latin America, MENA, Asia or some other exciting place that isn't here. Renewable energy projects in particular are popular, but gas plants are also getting significant attention.

  • Smart thermostats could help utilities combat the death spiral
    May 21, 2015 | Wannie Park

    The forces transforming the utility ecosystem are well known. From the plummeting prices of solar energy and the rise of distributed generation, to the growth of smart home technologies that give consumers control over their energy use, the traditional utility business model is under assault from all sides. 

  • Utility insights on advanced distribution automation apps
    May 19, 2015 | Eric Leivo

    Findings from the Newton-Evans Research Company study completed in February 2015 indicate that a substantial number of electric utilities are using distribution automation technologies such as FDIR/FLISR and VVC/VVO/CVR, but the number of operating feeders currently configured with these features is still relatively low.

  • May 14, 2015 | Staff Writer

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - One hundred spinning turbines near the Rio Grande in Starr County, Texas, mark a major achievement for Duke Energy as well as its customer, Austin Energy.

  • May 12, 2015 | Allen Greenberg

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Low gas prices have slowed the electric-vehicle market, so explosive growth isn't likely any time soon. On the other hand, EV adoption nationwide is approaching 300,000 vehicles and should continue to grow "pretty rapidly."

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  • Women in Energy
    Lindell herds techies and clears tech hurdles at WAPA
    May 07, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Dawn Roth Lindell became chief information officer (CIO) of the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) in 2013. In case you're not "in the know," WAPA is a federal power marketing agency. It sells federal hydropower and transmission to electric utilities in 15 states, along with maintaining and operating more than 17,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines. And Lindell is there to lead the team of technologists that make all those sales and interactions happen.

  • IT & OT need to come together right now
    May 05, 2015 | Branndon Kelley

    It's no surprise that cost savings are important to American Municipal Power (AMP), a wholesale power supplier with strict government guidelines for protecting critical data and the information systems that help bring power and other services to 129 members across seven states, servicing more than 635,000 customers.

  • Duke CEO: Time to rethink customer service
    Apr 30, 2015 | Allen Greenberg

    Lynn Good, CEO of the nation’s largest utility, has certainly seen her fair share of controversy since taking the helm at Duke Energy nearly two years ago.

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  • How to reach and retain young engineers
    How to reach and retain young engineers: lessons from oil and gas
    Apr 28, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    According to the National Science Foundation's Center for Science and Engineering, tech fields are taking over the workforce.