Insights from our Editorial Team
`Distractions' (investigations) may hamper improvements
Systems integration gets more emphasis in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, from a consultant who specializes in service restoration after major events. And if you think the storm was a doozy, wait til you consider the investigations and lawsuits now brewing.
New `report' espouses mainstream ideas, but in odd company
A new paper that argues against stimulus funding for smart meters and calls for reforms that allow communities to pursue municipalization is "a day late and a dollar short." Especially as it links arms with an anti-meter effort undercut by minimal (and shrinking) opt-out rates. Good ideas, late to the party, odd company.
`The mantra going forward is efficiency,' says IEE's Wood
"We used to think of energy efficiency as end-user programs and that's just not the future," says Lisa Wood, executive director of IEE. "The future is optimizing the grid and managing power flows. It's about operations as much as end-user programs. So we've changed our focus to be more in tune with what's happening in the industry."
Insights from the NRECA
Originally put in place simply to replace old books and paper maps, GIS now benefits from an operational “creep” into other systems. Once the advantages became obvious, the uses for GIS began to multiply.
Readers split on inevitability vs. new approach
Should we accept that major storms will take out the grid and focus on preparation, restoration and resilience? Or is a different approach merited when extreme weather is forecast to be the norm? Readers weigh in.
IEC 61850 allows too many vendor options, observer says
A global standard, IEC 61850, is not performing as intended. And North American utilities need to pay attention because, although they've largely taken another path to substation automation, IEC 61850 could still appear in their future.
Austin Energy veteran looks ahead to new paradigm
John Cooper, co-author of The Advanced Smart Grid, updates his views on grid modernization and the trend away from centralized power towards "the edge." Is Cooper onto something or is he blowing smoke?
Wouldn't preventive measures be cheaper than addressing damage?
New York has appealed for federal aid to the tune of $42 billion, with $9 billion allocated for preventive measures. Does that include any utility-related monies? Or will the state's utilities line up with their own rate cases to cover repairs and preventive measures? And what would those preventive measures be?
Some IT lessons learned from closed-door Knowledge discussions include a fount of revelations about consumer influence, IT coverage and gaps still left to hurdle, whether that jump is through technology advancements or changes in governance.
Storm should reset stakeholder expectations, renew commitment
The process of integrating AMI, GIS, OMS, data analytics and workforce management systems will be lengthy and expensive, but that's the path to gaining full value from smart grid work, according to Arshad Mansoor, an EPRI senior executive. Until then, asking whether smart grid helped the Northeast rebound from Hurricane Sandy is premature.