Insights from our Editorial Team

  • A threat to their credit ratings
    Jul 07, 2015 | Matt Whittaker

    Utilities in Texas and Florida have dodged a regulatory bullet – for now, at least – that could have meant the loss of rate-setting power, fewer customers and credit downgrades.

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    Jul 07, 2015 | Amy Gahran

    Con Edison has installed new distribution automation technology designed to increase the resilience of its power networks in lower Manhattan — the part of its service territory hardest hit by extended power outages during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

  • Europe, Asia very active
    A look at smart cities around the world
    Jul 02, 2015 | Tim Probert

    The smart city is a somewhat nebulous concept. There is no absolute definition, but rather a process or series of steps by which cities become more livable, resilient and able to respond quicker to new challenges.

  • Warming up to microgrids
    Jun 30, 2015 | Peter Key

    While few have taken the plunge just yet, more electric utilities are dipping their toes into microgrid waters. The Department of Energy and some state governments have launched funding and other programs designed to encourage microgrid development, which they see as a way to increase renewable and distributed power generation and improve the resiliency of electricity distribution systems in the face of severe weather events like Super Storm Sandy and physical and cyber-attacks.

  • 29-Jun 2015 | Associated Press | By SAM HANANEL, Associated Press
    Justices rule against EPA power plant mercury limits
    Jun 29, 2015 | Staff Writer

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A divided Supreme Court on Monday ruled against federal regulators' attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.

  • What the ruling means in language you can understand
    SCOTUS to EPA on MATS: Money matters
    Jun 29, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    The regulations in play in Michigan vs. the EPA hit the books in 2012 and required power plants to "scrub" pollutants from their electricity production process (to a degree, anyway). Within the power industry, these regs are commonly called MATS, which stands for Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.

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  • How confident are you in your asset score?
    Jun 25, 2015 | Paul Hofmann, PhD

    Your utility employs thousands or even millions of assets to deliver power to customers. Each one of those assets may have several sensors, lab tests and visual inspections that generate data relevant to its current health and status.

  • 7 suggestions on the physical side
    Grid security isn't all cyber
    Jun 23, 2015 | Clint Hilbert

    April marked the two-year anniversary of an industry-famous late-night shooting spree. An apparent lone rifleman situated in a thicket on a hillside in San Jose, attacked a large electrical power transmission substation by aiming at critical components as if playing an arcade game.  In similar attacks in the same year of 2013, gunmen fired shots into a gas turbine power plant close to the Missouri-Kansas state line and at another substation just near Colorado Springs.

  • California condor recovery program spreads its wings at SCE
    Jun 18, 2015 | Paul Netter

    They won't win a beauty contest, but California condors are very impressive birds. With wings sometimes spanning nearly 10 feet, they're the largest flying birds in North America. They can soar as high as 15,000 feet and as fast as 55 mph and they sometimes travel 150 miles a day in search of a meal.

  • Making financing EE efficient, too
    Jun 16, 2015 | Carl Fawcett

    Getting the most out of energy efficiency (EE) programs means targeting and retrofitting the homes that waste the most energy. It's a simple premise, and utilities and EE program providers are getting better and better at reaching owners of inefficient homes.