Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Jan 30, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis


    The definition of nanotechnology is simple: It’s merely technology that manipulates matter at the atomic level. “Nanotech is a platform,” said Dr. Pradeep Haldar, vice president for clean energy programs with the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering with the University of Albany (UAlbany CNSE). “It’s not single product or process. With the help of nano, we can make technology better and cheaper. We can make electronic devices along the smart grid smarter.”


  • Jan 29, 2013 | Bill Ash

    Transmission and distribution systems were not historically engineered to accommodate energy storage, but a surge in rollout of the technology appears inevitable over the next decades. To help enable this aspect of the transition from the legacy to the next-generation electricity grid, standards development around energy storage has intensified.

  • Jan 28, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    “For utilities, privacy is a comparatively new thing,” said Rebecca Herold, head of SGIP's privacy subgroup under the NIST umbrella. “Utilities haven’t really needed to be concerned with privacy as it relates to energy usage in the past. Now, with the smart meter, utilities must understand the basics and also identify the privacy-impacting data." 

  • Jan 27, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    There is a solution to this grid stress, namely wide-area programs that use remote sensor data to keep an eye on the issues. Essentially, the concept is: If we tie it all together and read what’s going on in real-time, we can react faster, prevent more issues and generally be more proactive with more automated grid management. (Thought leadership sponsored by Intel.)

  • Jan 24, 2013 | Farel Becker

    IEC 61850 has been under scrutiny recently with claims of interoperability. But, are these claims valid?  Can IEC 61850 improve and enhance protection and control system design today, or is it held hostage by interoperability?

  • Jan 23, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    As utilities embrace social media, here are 12 shiny tweet gems that are direct, informative, amusing or all three (and all in that short, slight number of Twitter characters). Some show the power of Twitter to communicate with customers. Some illustrate cross-marketing concepts, and some are just plain funny.

  • Jan 22, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis


    U.S. utilities are not as backwards as I am. Many have embraced social media to communicate with customers more regularly and interactively. And, they’ve managed to truly open dialogues, in many cases. Here are some of Intelligent Utility’s favorite tweets from U.S. power companies in 2012 (and the DOE), ranging from executive interactions to outage updates to the truly odd and awesome.

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  • Jan 21, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    “The start to any good analytics efforts is simple: data. Well, simple enough to say. The role of data in advanced customer analytics is becoming increasingly complex as utilities work to wrangle increasing volumes of data coming at them at increasingly faster speeds,” noted H. Christine Richards, the director of the Utility Analytics Institute.

  • Jan 20, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis


    Primarily put into place to benefit wind energy, CREZ projects are projected to increase the current level of wind generation capacity in Texas to 18,456 MW, and it will also help provide transmission infrastructure necessary to meet the long-term needs of the growing area west of the I-35 corridor between San Antonio and Killeen, Texas. What was started to promote renewables will additionally promote transmission by design.

  • Jan 17, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis


    One expert noted: "As we move forward with energy management, [we can’t] create a digital divide. We need something that applies across all formats, from my mother who won’t use it if there are more than two buttons to my children who won’t use it if there’s not an app for it."