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  • 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.
  • 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.