Insights from our Editorial Team

  • New survey cites multiple drivers for consumer behavior
    Mar 13, 2012 | Phil Carson

    As utilities seek to engage their customers and drive participation in various programs, surveys reveal that customers have multiple motivations. That finding dispels the power industry's persistent  notion that cost alone is the main driver. For more insights, read this column.  

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  • Window opens in two to four years, claims vendor
    Mar 12, 2012 | Phil Carson

    The word "breakthrough" gets bandied about with alarming regularity. Anyone who performs science or covers it should know better than to use that phrase.

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  • GridWise Alliance heralds successes but calls for change
    Mar 11, 2012 | Phil Carson

    The GridWise Alliance seeks to assess the benefits of grid modernization and inject urgency into the process by which modernization gets done. 

  • CenterPoint Energy and PECO describe their approaches to grid optimization
    Mar 08, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    While the mainstream media continues to focus on concerns about data privacy, leading utilities are focusing on using the new data smart meters are providing to increase reliability, lower operational costs, and much more. Here's what CenterPoint Energy and PECO are doing with the new data.

  • Readers challenge our coverage, and each other
    Mar 08, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Changing utility customer behavior runs up against "What's in it for me?" Is the military wise to seek energy self-sufficiency, to save lives and money? And whither storage in California? Our readers have their say.

  • IEEE outreach might expand your thinking
    Mar 07, 2012 | Phil Carson

    The power industry has struggled to attract new talent because the pipeline of engineering students has dwindled and the industry itself has a reputation for stodginess. Given the convergence of IT, telecom, power and their transformative effects on society, however, it should be a hip field. So one man is going fishing where the fish are.

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  • Opening salvo in Boulder's municipalization effort?
    Mar 06, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Boulder is exploring the formation of a municipal utility. Xcel is trying to scare its citizens and has asked for regulatory support to cut off Boulder from energy efficiency and solar incentives. Battle lines are being drawn.

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  • Xcel: we've proven value, deserve cost recovery
    Mar 05, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Colorado regulators have established a handful of hurdles to full cost recovery by Xcel Energy for SmartGridCity. Xcel argues that it has cleared those hurdles and deserves to collect another $16.6 million, on top of $27.9 million already recovered, for a project involving triple cost overruns. Hearings have been set.

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  • Few consumer negatives around smart grid, which remains fuzzy
    Mar 04, 2012 | Phil Carson

    A handful of  consumer perception studies appear to show that smart meters and smart grid remain largely amorphous subjects in the public's mind, which is both good news and bad news. Will utilities react with complacency or urgency?

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  • ARPA-E's Majumdar charts progress
    Mar 04, 2012 | Martin Rosenberg

    Public-private research efforts toward clean energy and grid modernization are moving ahead, according to researchers at ARPA-E. Arun Majumdar, director of ARPA-E, will present at the EnergyBiz Leadership Forum will be held March 19-21 in Washington, D.C.

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