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ELP Volume 90 Issue 2

A More Intelligent Utility Network-Not if, But When

From cell phones to fast Internet service, to computers and mobile devices, to Facebook and Twitter, we live, work and socialize in a web of networks. The electric grid-arguably the original network on which modern societies are built-often is taken for granted.

Finding and Being Green With Demand Response

Demand response (DR) is designed to manage consumption during peak electricity demand through shedding or shifting of electrical load for short times. DR participants earn an additional revenue stream through their participation in the program. A growing number of companies in the U.S. and Canada are seeing DR success.

The Opt-out Challenge

Consumers have been realizing the benefits of automatic meter reading (AMR) and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems for nearly two decades.

Utility Customer Relations – Lessons From the UK

The U.K. utility market is suffering from a lack of competition. Outdated billing practices, old technology and inefficient customer service are just some of the issues affecting U.K. consumers as they struggle to keep control of their energy bills.

Solutions for Integrating PV Into the Grid

Solar power's role in the global power generation portfolio is growing year over year largely because solar generation increasingly makes economic sense.

Wind Power Affordability Opens New Markets

Many in the electric industry know wind energy as an important part of a diverse generation portfolio. Wind has accounted for 35 percent of all new U.S. electric generating capacity in the past five years and is one of the country's fastest-growing new sources of U.S. manufacturing jobs.

Automating Customer Empowerment

A central promise of a real-time, proactive and intelligent grid, or smart grid, as it is widely known, is that it will create a two-way dialogue between utilities and consumers.

You’re Going to Need a Smarter Crystal Ball

The next generation of utility forecasting will revolutionize operations, boost reliability and turn smart grids into value engines

The Changing Role of Utility CFOs

In the pre-Enron era, a power and utility industry chief financial officer (CFO) often primarily focused on increasing sales through nontraditional businesses such as trading and retail operations and unregulated nonutility ventures.

ELP Executive Conference Market Research Survey

New technologies, environmental awareness and a weak economy have worked together to create rapid evolution on the energy landscape. January's Electric Light & Power Executive Conference provided a microcosm of the energy industry and was the ideal setting for collecting informed, executive-level opinions about the current state of the industry and trends that map where we're going.