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  • Future Trends for Utilities
    Business in the 21st Century
    Jan 25, 2015 | Fred Buckman
    For a large part of my career, it was my good fortune to work in the electric utility business. My start came with Consumers Power in 1967 while I was still in graduate school and ended with my role as chief executive of PacifiCorp in 1998. The electric utility business I see today is quite different from the one I joined in the mid-'60s and even different from the one I left 16 years ago.
  • Spurring Global Electricity Access
    A Profound Inequality: Spurring Global Electricity Access
    Jan 18, 2015 | Jim Rogers
    Have you visited your doctor lately? Imagine if there was no choice but to be examined by candlelight, or worse, with no light at all - the doctor might have missed something. That's the scenario for 1 billion people around the world whose health clinics lack electricity.
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  • Revolutionizing Operations
    Andrew Vesey
    Jan 11, 2015 | Andrew Vesey
    Its 2:30 a.m. on a July night, and a powerful storm is rushing through your utility service area. It causes a tree to fall on a medium-voltage distribution line. As the utility manager responsible, you are now working through an outage.
  • Teresa Mogensen
    Jan 05, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis
    I talked to Teresa Mogensen, VP of transmission for Xcel Energy, around Halloween. This, clearly, affected my internal visualization. While chatting about how she got into the biz and what she dreamed about being as a kid, I kept getting this mental picture of a little girl using a bath towel as a cape and running around the house playing superhero—likely because our entire conversation focused on the concepts of leading and helping society, which seems to be an undercurrent in Mogensen's career.
  • Our Innovative Journey Over 30 years
    Bruce Ramme
    Dec 28, 2014 | Bruce Ramme, Ph. D., P.E.
    Some say byproducts from coal-burning power plants are waste. Others say that "a waste is only waste if you waste it."  In our opinion, fly ash, bottom ash, wood ash and gypsum are valuable mineral resources that can provide advantages for use in construction and agricultural applications. Instead of landfilling these co-products of generation, We Energies sells them, boosting its bottom line and helping the environment. But it wasn't always this way, and we hope others can benefit from our story.
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  • Customers Seek Energy Insights
    Dec 20, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
    Natural gas sales are up at PSEG as prices have tumbled, says Ralph LaRossa, PSEG president and chief operating officer. EnergyBiz recently talked to him at a gathering of gas utility executives.
  • Moving Toward Gas Transport
    Dec 14, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
    The natural gas industry is in the thick of America's energy revolution, exploring new growth opportunities in transport and beyond, according to Ron Jibson, Questar chief executive officer.
  • The Challenge of Infrastructure Investment
    Dec 07, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
    The gas industry is investing in upgrading its network and working to find new ways to pay for the upgrades. That is a key focus of executives, says Scott Prochazka, CenterPoint Energy chief executive officer.
  • Focusing on Customers
    Nov 30, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
    Utilities are infrastructure businesses facing increased merger and acquisition activity. EnergyBiz recently sat down with Gale Klappa, the company chairman and chief executive, to discuss these and other major trends.
  • Klappa’s View from Wisconsin
    Nov 23, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
    Wisconsin Energy sees its business shifting somewhat, particularly as distributed generation spreads. EnergyBiz recently sat down with Gale Klappa, the company chairman and chief executive, to discuss these trends.