Insights from our Editorial Team

  • 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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  • Part of the women-in-energy article series
    NYPA's Miller reveals social media's savvy
    Dec 04, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Deidrea A. Miller has an "absolute blast" doing digital work for the New York Power Authority (NYPA).

  • Creating value for the new energy prosumer
    Dec 02, 2014 | Greg Guthridge

    Globally the utilities industry is facing unprecedented market shifts. Rapid technology advancements and growing adoption of distributed generation, smart technologies and connected home products and services are just a few of the shifts affecting energy providers and energy consumers.

  • Momma said: time-of-use electricity pricing
    Nov 25, 2014 | Jorge Madrid

    My mom is a pro at shopping for good deals. She taught me the importance of timing my purchases during the off-peak season to get the most value for my dollar. Time-of-Use (TOU) electricity pricing reminds me of the lessons my mom taught me, and it can help empower families to take control of their energy use, while saving money AND improving air quality.

  • An overview of our Utility2Utility article series
    Insider insight from 40 utilities with one little click
    Nov 20, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Almost two years ago, we started a simple interview series titled "Utility2Utility." The premise was honest: Allow our utility audience to exchange info and advice directly to each other about projects they are working on and trends they see washing over the industry.