View from the Top

  • 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.
  • Research is Critical
    Jul 06, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
    We recently discussed the status of coal generation research with Tomasz S. Wiltowski, the director of the Coal Research Center at Southern Illinois University. His edited comments follow.
  • Pioneering Backup
    Jim Piro
    Jun 29, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
    Portland General Electric and its partners are demonstrating new technologies that hold promise for building a more efficient, sustainable and reliable grid.  Jim Piro, PGE’s chief executive officer, recently discussed the effort.
  • Energy Reform Revisited
    Max Bradford
    Jun 22, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
    Fifteen years ago, the government of New Zealand forced energy companies to elect whether they wanted to sell energy or own power lines, and it split up the former government-run generation business. Max Bradford, energy minister of the England-sized nation, was a principal architect of the plan. I interviewed him in Wellington while he was orchestrating what he then described as “wrenching changes.” Recently, I called him in New Zealand to discuss how it has worked out.
  • The Future of the Business
    Jun 15, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
    Entergy is learning its lessons and forging a proactive path towards its future, says Leo Denault, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer. His edited comments from a conversation with EnergyBiz follow.  
  • Building on a Busy Year
    Jun 08, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
      Entergy is sharpening its business strategy to manage risk and grow the business, says Leo Denault, chairman and chief executive officer. He recently talked with EnergyBiz, and his edited comments follow.  
  • Building on Efficiency
    Jun 01, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
    The smart utility of the future will see itself as the customer’s ally in the pursuit of energy efficiency, says Ralph Izzo, PSEG chairman, president and CEO. Izzo addressed these issues as the recent EnergyBiz Securing Power Forum. His edited comments follow.
  • Start Your Reciprocating Engines!
    Little - GE
    May 25, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
    Distributed generation is a significant opportunity for the energy sector, according to Mark M. Little, GE chief technology officer and senior vice president. He recently talked with EnergyBiz. Below are his comments, edited for style and length.