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May 2017
Powering the People: Smarter Energy, Smarter Future
Lisa Wood
During the 2017 Powering the People, industry thought leaders discussed the latest advancements in technology and policy that are shaping a smarter energy future.  Key insights include the centrality of data analytics to better serve customers and enhance operations, the importance of partnerships to advance smart communities, and the influence of regulation on innovation and technology.
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March 2017
Regulators' Dilemma or Opportunity?
Lisa Wood
Given the rapid pace of technological change and evolving customer needs, many stakeholders agree that today’s regulatory process is too slow and inflexible to respond to needed changes.  Regulators have an unprecedented opportunity to define ways forward and unleash opportunities as the electric power sector builds smart energy infrastructure across the United States.
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January 2017
Data Analytics: From Hype to Strategic Asset
Lisa Wood
The U.S. energy grid is in the midst of a digital transformation that is unleashing a vast amount of data. Energy companies are putting data analytics to use in at least two ways- to improve customer services and to manage a more complex grid. Early gains, such as enhanced visibility into the energy grid, rapid outage restoration or avoidance, and new customer services are just the tip of the iceberg.
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November 2016
Top 10 Things You Should Know About Grid Modernization
Lisa Wood
The electric power industry is modernizing and investing in the energy grid, the drivers making modernization essential, the amount being spent on grid modernization, and some key outcomes to date. In 2016, electric companies are expected to invest $32 billion in the distribution system to make the energy grid smarter, safer, cleaner, more dynamic, more reliable, and more secure.
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November 2016
Rethinking Rate Design
Berkeley Lab Discussion with Five Experts
In a changing power system, how should utilities recover their costs? The answer is not so simple when considering the evolution of the power system, driven by technological innovation, shifting loads, changing policies, and new customer expectations. Using a point-counterpoint format, a report from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab tapped five experts from utility, consumer, environmental and economic backgrounds to discuss different types of ratemaking strategies and rate designs for the future. The following highlights the perspectives of the report authors as featured in the November 2016 edition of Public Utilities Fortnightly.
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September 2016
The Digital and Distributed Grid
Lisa Wood
In July 2016, IEI held its first National Dialogue Series meeting, bringing together more than two dozen electric and technology company executives to discuss the challenges and opportunities of developing and operating a digital and distributed grid and how the growth of distributed energy resources is changing the role of the energy grid.  In this edition of The Edge, Lisa Wood highlights 10 key takeaways from the dialogue.
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July 2016
The Edge: Key Trends Driving Change
Lisa Wood
In this article, Electric Perspectives magazine covers the key drivers of the changing electric power industry: the need to collaborate and innovate with customers creatively; to lead in the application of smart storage; and to look beyond traditional electricity service boundaries toward smarter cities. For a closer look, please download a copy of Thought Leaders Speak Out: Key Trends Driving Change in the Electric Power Industry Volume II.
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May 2016
A Bold New Energy Vision
Lisa Wood
During the 2016 Powering the People, industry thought leaders delivered talks that demonstrated the transition to the energy future that customers want – clean energy, a more connected power grid, and tailored services to meet specific customer needs. This article takes a dive into the three key trends discussed at Powering the People: the digital and distributed power grid; individualizing customer services; and smart cities.
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May 2016
Electricity: Relevant, Essential, and Collaborative
Bill Loveless
IEI’s Powering the People, held on Thursday, March 17, 2016, brought together a group of electric utility and technology company executives, policymakers, regulators, and other thought leaders for an afternoon of dialogue and discussion on the transformation of the electric utility industry. USA Today energy columnist, Bill Loveless, recaps IEI’s signature event, underscoring that the power grid will remain a critical component of our energy future and highlighting how we are heading toward a collaborative energy future.
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March 2016
The Edge: Striking the Right Balance
Lisa Wood
As the electric power industry changes—the generation mix is changing, the grid is becoming more digital and distributed, and customers have different expectations—over the next decade, the regulatory model also much change to provide a way for utilities to achieve policy goals and meet the changing needs of their customers. In this edition of The Edge, Lisa Wood discusses the balance that utilities are striking as they transform for the future.
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January 2016
The Edge: Thought Leaders Speak Out
Lisa Wood
In response to the profound transformation underway in the electric power sector, IEI has launched "Thought Leaders Speaker Out: Key Trends Driving Change in the Electric Power Industry," a new book series that brings into focus 10 trends that are shaping the future utility landscape. In this edition of The Edge, Lisa Wood highlights three trends detailed in the series' first installment: the transition to a clean energy future, the digital and distributed grid, and individualized customer services.
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November 2015
The Edge: Predicting the Utility of the Future
Lisa Wood
America's electric companies are at the beginning of a profound transformation driven by policies, technology, and customers. What is happening in these areas today will drive where the industry is in 2025. In this edition of The Edge, Lisa Wood describes the key trends driving change in the electric power industry.
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September 2015
The Edge: Meeting Customers' Evolving Needs
Lisa Wood
Increasingly, electricity customers are excited about the prospect of renewable energy—and many are looking to the expertise of their electric utility to help them meet their renewable energy goals. In this edition of The Edge, Lisa Wood reviews the benefits of new utility programs meeting customers' evolving renewable energy needs, including Tucson Electric Power's Residential Solar Program, MidAmerican Energy's agreement to power Iowa data centers with renewable power, and NV Energy's green energy tariff.
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July 2015
The Edge: Thought Leaders Speak Out: The Evolving Electric Power Industry
Lisa Wood
The electric grid is evolving into a distributed network with multiple sources of generation and multi-directional power and information flows. In this edition of The Edge, Lisa Wood highlights IEI's new book "Thought Leaders Speak Out: The Evolving Electric Power Industry," a collection of essays by influential stakeholdes focused on three areas driving this transition: evolving grid, evolving customer, and evolving regulation.
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May 2015
Providing an Essential Service: The Road Ahead
Robert Marritz and Lisa Wood
In this article, Electric Perspectives magazine recaps IEI's Powering the People: Connected Conversations event and the major takeaways of the day's 25 exciting TED-like talks.
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March 2015
The Edge: Connected Conversations
Lisa Wood
In this edition of The Edge, Lisa Wood previews IEI's Powering the People: Connected Conversations event. There is no doubt that this in an unprecedented time of change in the electric power sector. Powering the People pushed the dialogue beyond the next rate case or quarterly earnings call, to focus on the technologies, policies, and partnerships needed to best serve electric customers.
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