FierceEnergy's first-annual "Best of" issue


Dear Readers,

Welcome to the "Best of FierceEnergy 2012," an annual Fierce tradition I hope will not only bring you reading enjoyment, but provide a welcome break from family, turkey and shopping. Here, you will find a look back at some of the most popular FierceEnergy stories of 2012.

In general, the Top Five pays homage to the best of the best in the energy industry -- from the most influential people to the top advances in renewable energy to the leading energy applications in social media. In our Spotlight, a runner up to the Top Five, I chose to salute the utilities and retail establishments who are on the cutting-edge of the industry with their out-of-the-box collaborations and partnerships.

In Also Noted, you will find more top stories I would be remiss to overlook. These run the gamut -- surprising research results impacting utility relationships and their bottom line; FERC's strong message to utilities; coal vs. natural gas; smart meter mishaps and successes; green technology; and the year's major merger.

The following stories are featured in this year's edition:

Meet the 10 highest paid utility CEOs
Power Suits: The "Fierce"-est Women in Energy
Renewable Energy Innovators
Conservation "App"-titude -- Optimizing energy use data
Top 10: 2012 Utility Industry Predictions
Utilities go retail
FERC to utilities: "Change or die"
Inside PECO's smart meter debacle
Dumb moves limit smart building potential
Smart meter opt outs gain popularity
Can Twitter help your utility succeed?
Advanced solar roof racking solutions mitigate PV system cost
Clock winding down on Duke-Progress utility merger
Goodbye to coal?
Americans say: You can't pay me to tolerate a power outage
PG&E shares smart meter lessons


-- Barb