Insights from our Editorial Team

  • so near, but so far apart
    Europe's big three: so near, but so far apart
    Mar 05, 2015 | Tim Probert

    Europe's three largest economies---Germany, Britain and France---are geographically close, but their electricity markets are worlds apart. France is dominated by a single utility, while Germany has thousands. Somewhere in the middle between these two almost diametrically opposed markets, sits Britain.

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  • Utility2Utility
    Utility2Utility: American Electric Power
    Mar 03, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    American Electric Power (AEP) is one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S. It serves more than 5.3 million customers in 11 states. It also owns nearly 38,000 MW of generating capacity and owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.

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  • Two drivers for the utility future
    Feb 26, 2015 | Patty Durand

    One of the most compelling discussions in the power industry today focuses on how consumers' digital-era sophistication and growing expectations for service-along with technology innovation-are impacting utilities.

  • Edison Electric Institute Looks to the Future in Annual Wall Street Industry Bri
    Feb 24, 2015 | Thomas R. Kuhn

    Earlier this month, I joined four other Edison Electric Institute (EEI) officers to brief Wall Street analysts, bankers, and investors on the state of the U.S. electric power industry. Fittingly, the briefing was held on February 11, Thomas Edison's birthday, which served as a great reminder that our industry and the innovations we power all started with one man's vision.

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  • What every utility should know about the new physical security standard
    Feb 19, 2015 | William E. Reiter

    On April 16, 2013, an incident in San Jose, California, led to development of a new physical security standard for owners and operators of transmission stations and substations.

  • C-suite Insider
    A chat with Joe Thomas, United Illuminating
    Feb 17, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For this installment of C-suite Insider, we spoke with Joe Thomas, vice president of electric systems operations for United Illuminating, who gave us a sneak peek into UI's planning for a "culture of one." But, we'll let him tell his own story.

  • How Utility Leaders Hang Themselves
    Feb 12, 2015 | Doug Sterbenz

    Leaders do what's uncomfortable for the greater good of the organization and the leaders at utility companies are no different.

  • The Challenges of Securing a Connected Critical Infrastructure
    Feb 10, 2015 | Michael Assante

    As the world continues its transition into a digital landscape, we are cautioned by the proliferation of cyber incidents capturing headlines. Today's cyber attacks are causing more damage and are increasingly being referred to as highly sophisticated and able to circumvent well-resourced cybersecurity programs.

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  • Are virtual power plants the future of European utilities?
    Feb 05, 2015 | Tim Probert

    Everyone knows the future is decentralized, right? The top-down energy system is as dead as the dodo, isn't it? Well, yes and no.

  • Cybersecurity and the Electric Grid
    Feb 03, 2015 | Marvin T. Griff

    A computer storing operating cost data for the Midcontinent Independent System Operator Inc., power network extending from the Midwest to the Gulf Coast was compromised this summer. Within the past two years, sophisticated cyber-attacks, whose colorful names "Dragonfly" and "Energetic Bear" belie their disruptive capability, gained access to U.S. and European power networks. These and other recent cyber intrusions highlight the persistent risk confronting the U.S. electricity grid.