Insights from our Editorial Team

  • What's up, utility doc?
    May 13, 2014 | Jeff Fleeman

    AEP's Jeff Fleeman gives us an insider tour of the utility's Asset Health Center, which 'keeps a watchful eye on T&D substation equipment.'

  • Lessons from California's high-stakes test
    The promise and pitfalls of shareholder incentives: Lessons from California's hi
    May 08, 2014 | Julia Zuckerman

    How many millions of dollars does it take to change a state's light bulbs?

    This sounds like the start of a joke, but for the last seven years, it's been anything but to California utilities and regulators. The crux of the dispute, which has had stakes in the hundreds of millions of dollars, has been an ambitious-but controversial-shareholder incentive designed to motivate California utilities toward greater energy efficiency.

  • Energy Central Reviews Mobile
    Topic Rewind: Mobility - Energy Central Reviews Mobile
    May 06, 2014 | PJ Davis

    From BYOD, to giving field workers immediate access to information, to the policies and technologies that make it all work; the changing state of mobile work force management is top of mind at utilities.

  • Moving Up
    Moving Up: The Well-Worn Path from CFO to CEO
    May 01, 2014 | Gary Stern

    If you want to take the fastest route to become chief executive of a major energy company or utility, serve  as chief financial officer. As just a few examples, Lynn Good, Duke Energy's CFO, took over the reins from former CEO Jim Rogers. Pepco Holding's CEO Joseph Rigby, Xcel's CEO Ben Fowke and Southern Company's CEO Tom Fanning all moved up after being CFOs.

  • Apr 29, 2014 | Tim Probert

    Europe's electricity market is a mess. The clash between the European Commission's desire for a single European market and national considerations of renewables targets, carbon emission reductions, price regulation and 'keeping the lights on' is profound and getting harsher.

  • Women-in-Energy
    Women in Energy, ASME, Mechanical Engineering
    Apr 24, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    'I love being the face of ASME for the world,' said Madiha El-Mehelmy Kotb, new president for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 'It carries a lot of weight, and I take a lot of pride in it,' she added, but being the president of ASME certainly wasn't something she dreamed of as a young engineer.

  • How Utilities are Improving Outage Preparation
    Staying Ahead of the Storm: How Utilities are Improving Outage Preparation
    Apr 22, 2014 | Jeff Lewis

    The number of record-breaking storms since 2011, especially in the Northeast, has brought much attention to utilities and their ability to handle emergency response. As millions of Americans have been battling power outages and energy supply shortages due to this season's record low temperatures, consumers are wondering what the weather might bring next and if their local power company will be prepared.

  • Microgrids Introduce Issues for Utilities
    Apr 17, 2014 | Ralph Masiello

    Microgrids are gaining traction among large utility customers, and this is an exciting and fundamental advancement in the evolution toward smart grids. Companies have begun deploying microgrids to improve energy security, reduce energy costs and lower emissions and thanks to technology advancements, their deployments can be practical and economical.

  • Peak Coal
    Apr 15, 2014 | Ronald R. Cooke

    Comments about coal are usually not complimentary. Despite our dependence on it as a source of heat for electric power generation, environmentalists wish it would go away. On the other hand, advocates like to claim we have more than 110 years of coal left - "at present rates of consumption". Both sides are overlooking crucial points. Let's see if we can clarify the future use of coal as a fossil fuel resource.

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  • Best Practices in Demand Response
    Apr 10, 2014 | James Moore, Ph.D.

    One of the most effective and widely available ways to reduce electricity costs and consumption is participation in demand response programs; however, a large gap exists between interest levels and actual participation in such programs.

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