For many years now, I’ve been going to group fitness classes at the gym. At some point, I became interested in teaching these classes. It must have been this little voice inside my head that seems to always say, “Why follow when I can lead?” This little voice has been a virtue in many cases and the bane of my existence in others.Read More
When I started my career in public power in 1979 at the Intermountain Consumer Power Association, I didn’t know the difference between a kilowatt and a kilowatt-hour — let alone what public power was. Fortunately, I had several mentors who not only helped me advance in my career but also nurtured in me a passion for all that is public power, and the wonderful American spirit of community.Read More
Resiliency, or the ability to bounce back or recover from adversity, is a somewhat newer topic of conversation in the electricity world compared to reliability.
There is a gap between how utilities measure and control resiliency and how they communicate about it.
I remember working in Washington, DC in the fall of 1999 as the U.S. was bracing for the “big one.” The end of the world. Armageddon. A scare known as Y2K. The electric industry was put under a microscope to ensure that the electric grid would survive the stroke of midnight on the evening of December 31, 1999.Read More
July 10 is the birthday of Nikola Tesla, one of the most famous, yet underappreciated, electrical engineering minds of all time. He died in 1943 alone, broke, and quite possibly insane in New York City. Today a Google search for ‘Tesla’ brings up a bunch of car dealerships before the Wikipedia entry for the great inventor himself. But for many electrical engineers like me who chose to go into power engineering, Tesla is a hero.Read More