Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Will Australia's changing grid include the death spiral?
    Jul 17, 2014 | Tim Probert

    By now most will be aware of the dreaded utility "declining demand death spiral": As solar PV grows, utilities' demand drops. Utilities respond by raising prices and/or network charges - either for solar or non-solar customers - further incentivizing solar (and battery storage), thus further reducing demand.

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  • Utility2utility
    Denmark's DONG Energy and the Renewable Energy Directive
    Jul 15, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    DONG Energy is Denmark's largest energy company. For this installment of the utility2utility article series, we spoke to Ivan K. Pedersen, head of DONG's Power Hub about renewables and partnerships.

  • PECO Invests in Conservation Voltage Reduction
    Jul 10, 2014 | John R. Johnson

    In late 2008 the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PPUC) passed legislation requiring the state's seven major electric utilities to reduce their customer's consumption and demandÊlevels over a period of three years.

  • State of the Utility Industry
    Jul 08, 2014 | Robert Eastman

    I sat down with Jill Feblowitz, VP of Energy Insights, to ask some wide-ranging questions about what she and IDC see happening in the utility industry.

  • Kim Hanemann, VP, PSE&G
    Jul 03, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    It's unusual overall to have a woman in any high-ranking energy position. That's the reason we started this focus on "women in energy," after all: to shed light on those women making strides in a traditionally male industry.

  • Protecting Consumers
    Protecting Consumers
    Jul 01, 2014 | Lewis Mills

    The pressures and opportunities facing the utility industry today are unusual and significant.  There are risks, and when there is elevated risk in an enterprise, there is an elevated chance that the risk will turn into an actual cost increase or earnings decrease. There are opportunities as well, and when a regulated company has opportunities, there is a chance that the benefits accruing from those opportunities will not be fairly apportioned between shareholders and customer or that the regulated company will not take advantage of the opportunities.

  • Small is BIG
    The promise of modular nuclear reactors
    Jun 26, 2014 | Salvatore Salamone

    Small modular reactors with outputs in the double- to triple-digit megawatt range increasingly are being eyed as a way to drive down the costs, speed deployment and give a boost to nuclear as an energy source going forward.

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  • Scams set off utility alarms across the country
    Jun 24, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Where there's a need, there's a scam. After all, there's a reason that we have the phrase "snake oil salesman" in the lexicon. And the greater the need, the greater the scam opportunities it seems. Snake oil salesmen used good marketing shtick to prey on the sick; today's scammers use technology to spread their cons across the population a bit more objectively-and power has certainly been a part of a con artist's favored target market.

  • Global Manufacturing Glut Receding
    Mukesh Dulani, President of SolarWorld Americas, Solar on the Rebound
    Jun 19, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    HILLSBORO, Ore. - Solar power equipment manufacturing is poised for a rebound, according to Mukesh Dulani, president of SolarWorld Americas.

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  • Becoming a beacon of customer service
    Jun 17, 2014 | Felecia Lokey Etheridge

    Felecia Lokey Etheridge, senior director of customer engagement at Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), tells the utility's singular story about overcoming challenges and regaining customer trust, noting that the utility "found through experience that when a company is not telling its own story, there are not many others who will do it for them."