Insights from our Editorial Team

  • 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.

  • SEPA prez brings in the light
    Dec 16, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Julia Hamm, president and CEO of the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), opens up the utility industry to the sun-both literally and figuratively.

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  • IEEE provides guidance on president's energy review
    Dec 11, 2014 | Damir Novosel

    The power industry worldwide is in transition and the drivers of change are profound and diverse. New technology trends, environmental needs, weather patterns, higher public expectations for reliability and quality of supply and regulatory requirements all mark this transition.

  • THE BUSINESS CASE FOR EFFICIENCY
    The Zero Energy Option
    Dec 09, 2014 | Jamie J Meyers

    Why would a retail drugstore company design and build a carbon-neutral store? Walgreens’ net zero energy project in Evanston, Ill., is a leading example of how an organization can express its brand strategy through the built environment.

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