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  • A Conversation with Elliot Mainzer
    Sep 14, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
    The Bonneville Power Administration was launched in the 1930s to help harness the electric power potential of the Columbia River and power the Northwest. Today, its concerns include wind power and the fate of the August salmon. We recently discussed the agency’s evolving mission with Elliot Mainzer, who became BPA’s administrator in January.
  • Fanning on Grid Security
    Sep 07, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
    Tom Fanning, the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Southern Company, has emerged as an industry leader on grid security, chairing the Electricity Sub-Sector Coordinating Council. We recently sat down with Fanning at an industry gathering to discuss the state of grid security.
  • APPA’s Kelly on Emissions, Cybersecurity
    Aug 31, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
    America’s public power utilities in more than 2,000 communities are wrestling with the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposals to curb carbon emissions, and at the same time they are joining other energy companies trying to make our grid more secure. Sue Kelly, the new president and chief executive officer of the American Public Power Association, discusses the challenges ahead. 
  • The View from the West
    Aug 24, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
    The Western Area Power Administration service territory encompasses a transmission system spanning 15 states and 1.5 million square miles, serving 700 preference customers and numerous open access transmission customers who rely on the existing infrastructure for their power.  We recently caught up with Mark A. Gabriel, agency administrator, to discuss some major challenges ahead.
  • European Utilities Lose Half Market Cap
    Aug 17, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
    Utilities in Europe are sick. We recently spent some time discussing the situation with Matias Alonso, Accenture managing director of global utilities, who is based in Madrid. 
  • Vermont’s Mary Powell
    Aug 10, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
    Small energy companies are the labs of change, harbingers of the new ways of business soon to transform decades of business practice, according to Mary Powell, the chief executive officer of Green Mountain Power. We sat down with her at a recent energy conclave in Boston.
  • Alliander’s Peter Molengraaf
    Aug 03, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
    The smart cities movement is front and center for European utilities. Peter Molengraaf, Alliander chief executive officer, tells us what Americans should focus on. We met up with him recently at an industry meeting in Berlin.
  • Essent’s Erwin van Laethem
    Jul 27, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
    European utilities, with their business models threatened, are reimagining their business, intent on sharpening their customer focus. We recently talked about it with Erwin van Laethem, Essent chief executive officer, at an industry gathering in Berlin.
  • New Approaches to Installing Vital Equipment
    John C. Houston, CenterPoint Energy
    Jul 20, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
    CenterPoint Energy recently took part in a heralded study of how to ease transformer deployments to achieve greater grid resilience. We talked to John C. Houston, CenterPoint Energy division senior vice president of high voltage delivery and compliance, about the effort and its significance.
  • New Thinking on Deployment, Research
    Jul 13, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
    To deal with new and growing threats to the grid, policymakers and thought leaders are suggesting new policies and research efforts. Gerry Cauley, the president of the North American Electric Reliability Corp., recently discussed these efforts.