Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Commission ties renewables to jobs, growth
    Feb 22, 2012 | Phil Carson

    The Michigan Public Service Commission said yesterday that the pursuit of clean energy was a job-creator for a state hard hit by recession. There's more: renewable energy is cheaper than coal, according to Michigan's regulators. Will that issue come up in the  state's presidential primary, being contested this week?

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  • Role in EVs certain, less so for grid storage
    Feb 21, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Lithium-ion batteries drive electric vehicles, an application that provides a clear view of the market ahead. The role of Li-ion batteries in grid storage is far less clear because the technology's value stream goes up against other storage technologies. For nuances around these two markets, read this column.

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  • Decade-long effort remains underway, despite roadblocks
    Feb 20, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Boulder, Colo. has hired two separate legal firms to deal with condemnation proceedings against Xcel Energy and to deal with FERC, which would referee the value of Xcel's assets that Boulder may seek to obtain. Meanwhile, municipalization efforts in Massachusetts continue to encounter roadblocks, and massive lobbying by the region's IOUs.

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  • Network management tools from telecom can serve utilities
    Feb 20, 2012 | Christine Hertzog

    The power industry needs to pay more attention to new data communications demands that utilities will place on public and private networks, rather than rely on "miracles."

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  • IEEE interview highlights smart grid thinking
    Feb 19, 2012 | Phil Carson

    GE's John McDonald explains the relationship between standards and interoperability and touches on other smart grid issues in a wide-ranging interview by IEEE. McDonald calls for state regulations to change, for industry cooperation around interoperability and for "doing the right thing."

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  • Insights from Day 2 of the UAI Summit 2012
    Feb 16, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    Kate Rowland discusses the issues and challenges in the grid analytics market, from the perspectives of those deep in the trenches at the Utility Analytics Institute Summit, Day 2.

  • Readers keep the conversation going
    Feb 16, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Readers keep us honest and over the past weeks, they've weighed in on the horrific dangers of smart meters, the professionalism of those working in public power and the twists and turns in California's deliberations on energy storage.

  • Insights from the UAI Summit 2012
    Feb 15, 2012 | H. Christine Richards

    Christine Richards reveals key analytics findings, and analogies, from the first day of the Utility Analytics Institute Summit in Orlando, Florida.

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  • Pathways to obsolescence, considered
    Feb 15, 2012 | Phil Carson

    The centralized power industry will be a largely irrelevant shadow of its former self within a generation, our soothsayer says. Utility culture and practices will run up against American ingenuity,  technology and self-sufficiency and the latter will win, hands down. A prognosis for the future, from our columnist.

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  • SmartGridCity cost recovery continues
    Feb 14, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Xcel is back before Colorado regulators, asking for another $16.6 million in cost recovery, claiming it has established the value of SmartGridCity because the technology piece is complete and operational. Meanwhile, its pilots remain unfinished and Boulder, Colo., has joined the proceedings.