Insights from our Editorial Team

  • No procurement targets, for now; deliberations continue
    Apr 03, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Energy storage policy in California remains in flux. The  regulatory process has brought forth stakeholders with divergent views of storage's role and value and, for now, California regulators have not decided to impose procurement targets on investor-owned utilities in the state. But that issue and others remain a source of investigation and debate.

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  • Cities and towns explore paths to reliability
    Apr 02, 2012 | Phil Carson

    What's an investor-owned utility to do when cities and towns (not to mention campuses and military bases) it serves explore a microgrid solution, in the wake of reliability issues? IOUs in Connecticut, where grids took a big weather-related hit last fall, may be asking that question as various stakeholders gathered last month to consider the future of power in their communities.

    Comments: 2
  • Industrial control systems need security focus
    Apr 01, 2012 | Phil Carson

    The difference between cyber security for enterprise networks that handle corporate data and securing industrial control systems in the power sector is simple to grasp. Messing with the former can disrupt business and lead to lost revenue and profit. Messing with ICSs can lead to the malfunction of high voltage equipment, possibly leading to lost lives. Read on.

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  • Simplicity rules in "let's be smart" energy efficiency campaign
    Saving energy can be fun...and funny
    Mar 29, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    While on vacation this week with my daughters in Victoria, British Columbia, BC Hydro's bus shelter advertisement caught my eye. It was plain in appearance, a few words at the top of a green page. It said: "Cartoons run on electricity, and children's laughter is priceless. Just sayin'."  Simple? Absolutely. And extremely effective, too. What else is BC Hydro doing to educate consumers while making them smile? Read on.

  • Essayists, readers, on whether it's a panacea
    Mar 29, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Does energy effiicency have larger benefits than the actual practitioner derives? Does greater efficiency merely lead to greater exploitation of the energy resource? Is it chimera or solution? Read on.

  • CenterPoint, Oncor use a contest to engage and educate customers
    Mar 28, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Utilities will engage customers one way or the other. Oncor and CenterPoint have used Americans' enthusiasm for games to engage and educate their customers, who then set about sharing the advantages of meter data amongst themselves. For a how-to, read on.

    Comments: 3
  • PSEG, Southern Co. and Oncor discuss data strategies
    Mar 27, 2012 | Phil Carson

    At last week's EnergyBiz Leadership Forum, a panels of CIOs discussed how they manage new technologies to extract value and serve internal and external stakeholders. Strategies revealed!

  • DP&L, without stimulus grant, has held back on smart meters
    Mar 26, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Dayton Power & Light had a grid modernization plan worked out with Ohio regulators, but missed out on a stimulus grant. So DP&L decided to hold back on its plans until the financial numbers worked for stakeholders. A local paper dinged them for not deploying smart meters.

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  • Essayists debate whether it helps decrease pollution
    Mar 25, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Are energy efficiency measures, for light bulbs, for cars, for applicances, barking up the wrong tree? There's evidence that efficiencies simply lead people to use more than they once did, erasing any benefits. There's also evidence that the slippage that does occur does not amount to the energy saved. Five ways to look at the subject.

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  • Retention of institutional knowledge on some minds
    Mar 22, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Can a utility go from being a safe, bureaucratic place to work to an exciting work environment that will attract the best and brightest minds to innovate and engage customers? Our readers have their doubts.