Creativity, good ideas, brainstorming –in themselves a lot of fun, but they don’t produce anything new and useful without elbow grease. On the other hand, hard work without creativity just results in the same old, same old and little innovation....More
The workplace and supervision can provide a culture of creativity and execution resulting in a high degree of innovation. Or, probably more often, productivity, long hours and general ‘busy-ness’ crowd out time for creative, outside the box thinking....More
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff has announced the creation of a new FERC office that will help the Commission focus on potential cyber and physical security risks to energy facilities under its jurisdiction....More
Engineers and technologists have a reputation, not always deserved, of being poor communicators – both written and verbal. Here's why we often have an information impedance mismatch and some things we can do about it....More
Last month Congressman Dan Lungren (R-Gold River), who is Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, was the keynote speaker at the CA Information Security Forum at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Sacramento....More
We received a lot of interest in our utility professional poll. The results fit with what I know about most utility engineers. We like technology and we want to make a difference. We don't do well when we lose our sense of professional worth and purpose....More
Utility professionals, is your salary still worth the hassle? Electric power professionals were often attracted by the stability of the industry as compared to less secure higher tech, more mobile opportunities (aerospace, IT etc.). But in doing so they usually accepted lower salaries, although the benefits were terrific......More
In a highly asset intensive industry with a geographically disparate asset base, implementing operational and maintenance standards and practices is necessary to continually improve the balance between asset reliability and costs....More
There are various definitions of distributed energy resources. Essentially, they include technologies on the customer side of the meter: Distributed generation, distributed energy storage, solar PV, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and a focus on microgrid technology to enable renewables to be connected to the grid. Learn what technologies can help overcome the challenges without implementing distributed energy resources.
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