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  • Why the Supreme Court decision isn't what it seems
    The U.S. Supreme Court
    Jul 03, 2015 | Allen Greenberg
    Why coal producers had no reason to be so jubilant after the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the EPA's rule on mercury and acid gases from coal-burning power plants was improperly crafted.
  • Italian university envisions microgrids
    Jun 26, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis
    We're traditionally a magazine that talks to utilities. But, these days, we're chatting more and more with newer options and entrants into the power industry field. Today, we chat about a microgrid project at the University of Genoa's Savona campus with Federico Delfino, professor of power system engineering at the university.
  • JEA's CCO Whiting learned perseverance from pratfalls
    Jun 19, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis
    When Monica Whiting, chief customer officer at JEA, was small, she wanted to be the next Dorothy Hamill (Think Olympics 1976. Or Google that.)
  • Convergence reemergence or convergence 2.0
    Jun 12, 2015 | Mark Weatherford
    Brian Harrell
    A little over a decade ago, the term convergence was de rigueur when talking about bringing the disciplines of physical security and IT security together to solve the challenges of stove-piped security.  Fast forward to 2015 and the challenges remain mostly the same, except the conversations are now about how to bring three disciplines---physical security, cybersecurity (formerly called IT security) and operational technology security (industrial control system/SCADA security)---together to manage the threats facing the electric utility industry.
  • Utility2Utility: Vector (New Zealand)
    Jun 07, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis
    Vector, a New Zealand utility in the Auckland area, focuses on meeting the energy needs of more than 700,000 customers across the country. In this installment of Utility2Utility, we talk with communications manager Sandy Hodge on the general utility market in New Zealand, how Vector works in the mix and how the utility is utilizing social media.
  • Is storage hopeless?
    May 28, 2015 | Allen Greenberg
    DALLAS -Jigar Shah left his audience gasping. "If the storage industry is dependent on backing up solar, it's hopeless. You should quit your job today," Shah, a co-partner in Generate Capital, a San Francisco-based renewables financing firm, told them.
  • But head-in-the-sand time is over
    Cybersecurity is super scary
    May 24, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis
    According to Norm Judah, chief technology officer with Microsoft Services, the most popular topics in the industry---or what he labeled the "shiny thing in the sky"---changes. Most recently, it's been big data. Now, it's the Internet of Things.
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  • New ways to positively impact the environment
    May 17, 2015 | Allen Greenberg
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR has no delusions that it can ever be a carbon-neutral enterprise but it is doing what it can to reduce its own, as well as its fans', carbon footprint.
  • Vestas - Hungry Yet Humble
    Robust, Mature Wind Business
    May 10, 2015 | Martin Rosenberg
    Chris Brown has been steering Vestas Wind System’s North American operations as it pivots to thrive in a more mature wind industry by being both hungrier and humble. He joined the company in late 2012.
  • What you can learn from SRP about customer love
    May 03, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis
    Arizona's Salt River Project (SRP) landed on JD Power's 2014 list of customer champions. They've also been at the top of satisfaction surveys for over fifteen years---at the very tip of the very top.