Insights from our Editorial Team

  • `The mantra going forward is efficiency,' says IEE's Wood
    Dec 02, 2012 | Phil Carson

    "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
    substation
    Nov 29, 2012 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    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.

    Comments: 4
  • Readers split on inevitability vs. new approach
    Nov 29, 2012 | Phil Carson

    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
    Nov 28, 2012 | Phil Carson

    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.

    Comments: 2
  • Austin Energy veteran looks ahead to new paradigm
    Nov 27, 2012 | Phil Carson

    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?  

    Comments: 1
  • Wouldn't preventive measures be cheaper than addressing damage?
    Nov 26, 2012 | Phil Carson

    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? 

  • Nov 25, 2012 | Kathleen W. Davis

    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
    Nov 20, 2012 | Phil Carson

    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.  

    Comments: 2
  • Storm should reset stakeholder expectations, renew commitment
    Nov 19, 2012 | Phil Carson

    It's premature to measure smart grid performance in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, according to one EPRI expert, who says that years of costly integration work remain ahead before smart grid benefits are fully realized. Still, massive physical damage will always delay restoration, so end-user coping strategies also are needed. 

  • Post-mortem premature, as recovery continues
    Nov 18, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Hurricane Sandy delivered an unprecedented physical assault on Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states and the utilities that serve them. Did smart grid technology play any role in better preparedness, outage detection and restoration? It's early in the aftermath and issues abound. 

    Comments: 9