As Baby Boomers near retirement age, utilities face the challenge of preparing the next generation of leaders.
Human resources managers at many utilities are sounding alarm bells about an impending shortage of skilled personnel-even amid flat industry growth and high unemployment rates.
It's not just for enviros any more.
Green building. It's a trend that means newly constructed buildings consume 10 to 50 percent less energy than traditionally constructed buildings, yet cost only a small percentage more than standard construction. And it's a trend that is rapidly gaining a foothold with large residential and commercial builders. No wonder utilities of all sizes across the country are paying attention.
Mining Gold From The Supply Chain
Utilities and vendors take a hard look at online procurement.
Feel like saving your company $50 million? That's the question Joseph Zelechoski, director of supply chain at PPL, has for those who haven't tried online supply chain management.
John J. Carney has joined Solomon Associates as a power generation consultant. During Carney's 25 years of management experience, he has worked for Florida PowerCorp., Carolina Power and Light Co., and Florida Power and Light.
1 "An Open Letter to Members of the U.S. House and Senate Conference Committee About National Electric Power Transmission Policy from a Group of Concerned Engineers,", Oct. 1, 1992, pg. 15.
2 Dr. Eugene Coyle, Price Discrimination, Electric Redlining, and Price Fixing in Deregulated Electric Power, , January 2000, p. 7, 8.
3 J.M. Keynes, "The End of Laissez-faire" in , London, The Macmillan Press, 1972, p. 284 .
4 Ibid., pg. 35.
KCPL first with meters, automation; APS second for T&D management.
IF THE 1997 ULTRA COMPETITION CAN SERVE AS A GUIDE, then perhaps the forgotten "wires" business offers the next great opportunity for new applications in information technology.
That's the lesson of this year's contest, which saw Kansas City Power & Light Co., and Arizona Public Service Co. win the top two prizes. Each company gained recognition for IT applications designed in large part to modernize electric utility distribution systems.