Despite the wealth of information available on the internet, utility magazines are still a fantastic source of knowledge to help your utility stay up to date with changes in the industry. Whether you’re an electric, gas, water sewage, or other utility, you owe it to it to yourself (and your customers) to remain informed. Utility magazines don’t just give you the news of what’s happened and what’s happening—they can also provide insight into the future of utilities too! These publications can tell you where customer demand is heading, trends in the industry in customer experience, technology, regulation, and much more. Here are just some of our favorite utility magazines.
Electric Light & Power
Electric Light & Power is one of the leading publications in the industry. Published since 1922, Electric Light & Power is a monthly utility magazine for news and information for electric utilities. In it, you’ll find news related to the industry at large, financial issues, regulatory issues, customer information systems, information technology, renewable energy, and a lot more. They’re also prolific on Twitter, where you can find them posting news items several times a day. You can find them on twitter here.
Renewable Energy World
Renewable Energy world is a bi-monthly utility magazine that aims to cover anything of note in the world of renewable technologies. The magazine is specifically written for readers working in power generating utilities, local governments, and advisory agencies, so you can be sure that you’ll find a plethora of useful content every other month. It’s clear that renewable energy is the way of future, so this publication will be useful for keeping up with trends for you and your utility.
Oil & Gas Journal
Oil & Gas Journal is one of the most widely read utility magazines in the petroleum industry. Boasting more than 100,000 monthly subscribers, Oil & Gas Journal consists not only of a print magazine but also a robust online platform as well. It’s a must-read for any professional who is concerned with the latest news and events in the oil & gas world.
One of the oldest publications on our list is Power Engineering. Established in 1896, Power Engineering is one of the most widely read utility magazines in the power industry. If something is making news in power generation, you can bet it will be covered in Power Engineering. One of the great things about Power Engineering is that it has over five years of searchable editorial archives accessible with your subscription, so it’s incredibly valuable when doing research on the history of companies, products, people, and technology.
Waste Management World
The official publication of ISWA (International Solid Waste Association), Waste Management World offers both a digital and print edition that covers the waste management industry. Inside, you’ll find articles about the latest technologies, policy and legislation issues, and a look at innovative projects from all over the world. Unlike many magazines, which have a focus on the United States, Waste Management World does a great job of publishing articles from all over the world, giving you a truly global perspective.
When you work in the ever-changing utilities industry, it’s important to stay ahead of the curve. That means keeping up with trends online via newsletters and blogs (like this one) and even magazines. Though there’s no such thing as a crystal ball for utilities, there are ways to help predict the future. We recently published a report called The Future of Customer Engagement for Utilities that contains research on what’s next for your customers. To download that FREE report, click here.