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  • Revolutionizing Operations
    The Role of Analytics at Large Utilities
    Mar 01, 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.
  • Optimize Utility Analytics through Thought Leadership
    Feb 22, 2015 | Joel Sharrer
    Data analytics for utilities is no longer a future-tense topic for the industry. It is no longer a question of can your utility benefit from analytics tools, but how well is your utility implementing its analytics program.
  • or What to Think When Everyone Says Your World is Turning Upside Down
    Utility of the Future: or What to Think When Everyone Says Your World is Turning
    Feb 15, 2015 | Katherine Hamilton
    As the red-eye jet made its way toward the airport with dawn breaking, street lights still on and house lights coming on, I watched first the farms with long roads, then the small clusters of towns, then the vast suburban outreach of Washington, DC. I had been thinking a lot about the evolution of the electric grid.
  • Reworking Generation
    Feb 08, 2015 | Daniel Yergin
    The energy world does not stand still. It is remarkable how much has changed in the industry - and in perspectives - from just a decade ago when Energy Biz launched. It is all the more remarkable considering that major investments in electric power can have a 60-year life, or even longer.
  • Carbon Morality
    Feb 01, 2015 | David Crane
    Ten years ago, when EnergyBiz was launched, the American power industry was not experiencing its finest hour. Gripped by irrational exuberance, which manifested itself principally in overpaying and overleveraging when acquiring deregulated power assets, the power industry destroyed billions of dollars of shareholder value.
  • 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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