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  • Crowdsourcing Energy Data Innovation
    Apr 19, 2015 | Christopher G. Irwin
    A little over a year ago, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced the launch of the American Energy Data Challenge.
  • How well do you know your urban future?
    Apr 12, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis
    In case you didn't get the memo, the Smart Cities lab at MIT---yes, that MIT---isn't called the Smart Cities lab anymore. It's now called the City Science Initiative, but it's intent is still the same as it was with the original 2003 founding---namely, to find all the best, most efficient ways for humans to live together in urban environments.
  • Analytics Today and Tomorrow
    Toward a Self-Healing Grid
    Apr 05, 2015 | Lena Smart
    Data analytics have been part of the utility industry for decades, giving companies the information they need to run plants safely. This data holds great value, as it allows us to maintain our extremely high level of safety, and more effectively generate and deliver power to customers.
  • Low Income Population Subsidizes Others
    Net Metering Impacts
    Mar 29, 2015 | Jose Niño
    The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held its national convention in Salt Lake City this fall. As the largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders in the country, it got me thinking about our community’s economic and cultural strength and how to ensure Hispanics remain an economic force in America.
  • A Changing Energy Landscape Creates Opportunity
    From Consumer to Prosumer
    Mar 22, 2015 | John P. Malloy
    Today's utility business environment is more volatile, more uncertain and more complex than in the past. How do we navigate and plot a strategic course forward in this moving and evolving market?
  • Execs Tout Gas Utilities' Outlook
    Boom and Boon: Execs Tout Gas Utilities' Outlook
    Mar 15, 2015 | Martin Rosenberg
    Notes from our Round Table discussion with: John Somerholder, AGL Resources chief executive officer; Carl Chapman, Veteran chief executive officer; Ron Jibson, Questar chief executive officer; Jeffrey Shaw, Southwest Gas chief executive officer; Dennis Arriola, Southern California Gas president and chief executive officer; Ralph LaRossa, PSEG president and COO; Scott Prochazka, CenterPoint Energy chief executive officer; Scott Morris, Avista chief executive officer
  • THE winner will be THE ONE who IS nimble & flexible to change
    Utility 2.0: Retail competition in the utility sector is back!
    Mar 08, 2015 | Navneet Trivedi
    Jigar Shah
    The retail electricity sector is witnessing significant change and competition without any regulatory or policy intervention. Utilities' traditional business model of electricity sale is already under significant pressure from controllable loads, self-generation & increasing energy efficiency.
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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.