Insights from our Editorial Team

  • 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.

  • Three Approaches to Spur Clean Energy and Innovation
    New York's REV Business Model: Three Approaches to Spur Clean Energy and Innovat
    Jun 11, 2015 | Richard Kauffman

    U.S. Justice Louis Brandeis' observation that States serve as the "laboratories for democracy" couldn't ring more true than in the energy sector. A handful of states are pioneering new approaches (in New York we call it Reforming the Energy Vision, or REV) to advance policies to capture and accelerate the vast economic and environmental benefits of the clean energy economy.

  • Lower reservoir levels mean relying on more natural gas, renewable resources for power generation.
    A boat dock on Huntington Lake's dry lake bed.
    Jun 09, 2015 | Paul Griffo

    Usually by this time of year, Huntington Lake is full, awaiting the arrival of eager boaters and vacationers seeking refuge from the daily grind.

  • 7 reasons why utilities should be using machine learning
    Jun 04, 2015 | Ben Packer

    In the past year, you've probably heard something about machine learning. This branch of science, which involves crunching massive datasets to find hidden patterns, is helping companies solve problems that used to be unsolvable.

  • Achieving efficiency in the commercial building sector
    Jun 02, 2015 | Hayley Raynes

    New York's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) Initiative is perhaps the highest profile example of building-focused sustainability legislation. But it is certainly not the only one.

  • 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.

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