Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Customers control window ACs by smartphone
    Aug 12, 2012 | Phil Carson

    While industry talk often focuses on the "home area network,' which could connect myriad devices in the home, the urban apartment dweller has a window AC unit and a fridge. Con Edison has made it possible to control that AC unit by smartphone. And millions of these tiny loads add up to big relief for constrained circuits.

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  • Aug 11, 2012 | Kathleen W. Davis

    Arshad Mansoor, senior vice president for R&D with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), has a tough job: He looks at the future of this industry from the angle of a researcher—what might happen, what could happen, what’s likely to happen (and what’s not). Thought Leadership sponsored by Intel

  • Intel testing technology for interoperability and integration
    Aug 10, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    The idea that grew from napkin jottings into an incorporated non-profit research and development consortium in 2009 is now poised to soon move beyond its test bed roots. Thought Leadership sponsored by Intel.

  • Aug 10, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Both the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited recently implemented seismic organizational shifts, raising transparency and shared accountability while lowering the silos — those old, vertical ways of doing utility business.
    Thought Leadership sponsored by Intel

  • Just one of the new ways utilities are becoming more efficient
    Aug 09, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    The marriage of data visualization and data analytics is but one way in which electric utilities are moving forward into the new analytics world. Where are the biggest areas of interest in terms of their use? Intelligent Utility magazine editor-in-chief Kate Rowland spoke with Alyssa Farrell of SAS to find out.

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  • SAS provides insights into data analytics uses, and the future
    Aug 08, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    Last week, we discussed the public misconceptions concerning usage data collected by their electric utilities. This week, aided by the SAS report "How Utilities View Analytics," we're tackling the brass tacks: the straight goods on why it's important for electric utilities to collect data all along the grid (not just at usage endpoints), and the ways in which they want to use it.

  • Data over perception = billions of $$ in savings
    Aug 07, 2012 | Phil Carson

    How in the world can a utility and its regulators transition to dynamic pricing? Oh, the horrors! One pricing expert offers a simple, straightforward way to proceed, step by step. At each juncture, there's an opportunity to find that it doesn't work, and a chance to recognize that it does and to continue the transition. 

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  • Data over perception = billions of $$ in savings
    Aug 06, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Thirty years of data has established the efficacy of price signals to adjust the residential load profile and provide the response for energy efficiency programs and peak load reduction. Why the impasse, now that push has come to shove? 

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  • Data over perception = billions of $$ in savings
    Aug 05, 2012 | Phil Carson

    In a recent presentation to regulators at NARUC's summer meeting, pricing expert Ahmad Faruqui argued that facts should trump misperceptions around dynamic pricing. And he offered steps on how to get there from here.  

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  • Lessons from the trenches
    Meter data analysis: a primer for talking to customers
    Aug 02, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    Tied up in the entire data analytics discussion is that of consumer education. It's imperative that electric utilities make abundantly clear their privacy policies regarding customer data, and that they clearly, factually dispute allegations that claim otherwise.

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