The persistence of EL&P

Steve Brown, Editor

Electric Light & Power, the venerable power industry news journal you’re currently holding in your hands, is undergoing a couple of changes.

The first and most immediately obvious change is that I’m new—or at least new to you. My name is Steve Brown, and I’ve spent the last five years editing EL&P’s sibling publication, Utility Automation & Engineering T&D (formerly, Utility Automation). Intermittently during those five years, I’ve helped out as a contributor to various EL&P editorial departments, and even when I haven’t been contributing to EL&P, I’ve worked in close quarters with the EL&P editorial staff. (From where I’m sitting, I could easily toss a rock at each member of the EL&P editorial staff, if I were so inclined.)

Going forward, I’ll be directing the editorial operations of EL&P, which, to you, means I’ll be writing this Commentary column and ensuring that you have engaging, cogent articles to read in every issue. (I’ll continue to do the same for Utility Automation & Engineering T&D, for those who might also read that journal.)

Anyway, nice to meet you.

Starting with our next issue, you’ll notice the other change. Since 1975, this journal has been published in what’s known as a “tabloid” size, which means bigger than most magazines you’re used to but smaller than a newspaper—or, kind of cumbersome but not as cumbersome as The Wall Street Journal.

In about a month, when you receive the next issue of EL&P, you’ll see that we’ve changed to a standard-sized magazine format. For EL&P history buffs, this is a return to the format readers enjoyed from EL&P’s birth in 1922 until 1975. The ad on page 25 of this issue will give you a quick, small glimpse at our upcoming new look.

The one thing that won’t be changing—the constant for 82 years now—is our commitment to producing, obtaining and publishing high-quality editorial content for you. EL&P has always been and always will be primarily concerned with the issues that affect power industry managers. Regulatory issues, financial matters, advancements in technology, these are the things that drive EL&P. No matter what cosmetic changes may occur, EL&P will always be about the issues.

In an election year, a year in which we expect to see stalled energy legislation re-examined by Congress, there should be no shortage of issues. We look forward to covering the issues for you, and we hope you look forward to reading them.


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