Insights from our Editorial Team

  • An Energy Company: Where the Average Desk Job Turns into Pandemonium
    Sep 11, 2014 | Wayne M. Kovach

    I'd venture to say that many, if not most, things in life are not planned and happen beyond our control. Education, relationships, families, and vocation occupy the majority of our lives. Some plans work out, and some don't. That rule applies to me. I started my career as a graphic designer, and now I work for a demand response company. It's best not to question these changes, but embrace them.

  • What role can big data play for European DSOs?
    Sep 09, 2014 | Tim Probert

    More than most European nations, the Republic of Ireland needs to get familiar with big data and remote operation of the grid. With four times the EU average of overhead networks per capita, an extremely high variable renewable penetration-two GW of wind (half on the distribution network) out of a five GW system peak-and stormy conditions at the extremity of Europe, Ireland needs to know if it can cope with the changing landscape.

  • C-suite Insider: A chat with ComEd's SVP Val Jensen
    Sep 04, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Here at Energy Central, we have a number of popular article series. With our Utility2Utility series, we talk with insiders about a specific project, program or focus. With our women-in-energy series, we profile women making a difference in this industry. Now we're starting a third series called C-suite Insider where we combine the heart of both the Utility2Utility series and the women-in-energy series: In this latest bit of insight, we sit down with high-level executives and managers and get personal. We want to know how they got here, what they love about their jobs and how they see the industry evolving. For this second installment of C-suite Insider, we spoke with Val Jensen, senior vice president (SVP) with ComEd, a man who thinks he has "the best job around." But, we'll let him tell his own story.

  • Latin America wind energy market overview
    Sep 02, 2014 | Jesse Broehl

    The global wind industry added 36,134 MW in 2013, the first time in eight years that the wind power industry has installed less in a given year than the year before. The size of the annual market declined 20 percent year on year in 2013, compared to market growth of 18.6 percent in 2012. The market decline was not unexpected. Negative conditions in several key countries, particularly the U.S. and Spain, were a drag on market growth. The U.S. will recover through the 2014-2015 cycle with over 12 GW expected, but Spain, once a pillar of the global wind market, will languish following a collapse of its renewables policies.

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  • Utility2utility: Con Edison
    Aug 28, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison) provides electric service in New York City (except for a small area of Queens), and most of Westchester County. For this installment of our utility2utility series, we talk with Chris Gallo, senior specialist, customer outreach and education, about the urban utility's work in mobile engagement.

  • Solving the space problem with synchronization
    Aug 26, 2014 | Daniel Flores

    Engineers at electrical utilities spend a lot of time mulling over synchronization-the action of comparing the voltage, phase angle and frequency conditions between a power source (such as a generator) and the electric power network (or system)-before tying up the two different voltage sources. Why is that so vitally important?

  • We'll call you an expert if you can ace this quiz
    Aug 21, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    In a moment of levity in this all-too-serious industry, we pay homage to our favorite scene in the now 20-year-old "Speed" where Jeff Daniels says to Keanu Reeves, "Pop quiz, hotshot" and then runs through various scenarios for the gum-smacking Keanu to sort through. Well, here's our version. It's not as adrenaline pumping as "Speed," but, on the good side, nothing explodes if you're wrong-not even if you take this quiz at under 50 miles per hour.

  • Xcel Reveals Winds of Change
    Aug 19, 2014 | Frank Prager

    Frank Prager, vice president of policy and strategy at Xcel Energy, writes about how a decade of growth in wind energy holds valuable lessons for the future of solar.

  • A balanced approach to DG by former FL PSC Commissioner
    Aug 14, 2014 | Katrina McMurrian

    At the recent National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Summer Committee Meetings, public utility commissioners from around the country gathered to discuss a number of energy issues and challenges. Among the issues discussed was the integration of renewable energy sources, particularly distributed generation (DG) technologies such as solar panels on homeowners' roofs, in a manner that respects the crucial role of the grid.

  • SDG&E Becomes First Utility to Test Drones
    Aug 12, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia

    It's a bird!  It's a plane!  It's a.drone! San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) became the first utility in the country to gain approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to test-drive drones.  The utility has been granted a Special Airworthiness Certificate that allows it to operate drones for research, testing, and training flights in Eastern San Diego County.