Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Markets should determine right application, right price
    Nov 20, 2011 | Jack Ellis

    A consulting engineer provides a dissenting view to a California Energy Commission report that, our expert says, advocates storage. Our Industry Expert suggests letting market forces decide where and when to apply cost-effective storage.

    Comments: 9
  • Policy is rational, though the argument remains unpersuasive
    Nov 20, 2011 | Phil Carson

    On the eve of smart meter rollouts of the wireless  variety in Vermont, the two largest utilities have agreed to an inexpensive opt-out provision. The alternative is a hard-wired meter. Our columnist finds the proponents rational and able to engage in a fruitful exchange of views. Therein lies a lesson.

    Comments: 6
  • Storms + outage anger = muni movement
    Nov 17, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Municipalization has  raised its head in the Rockies and, now, in Massachusetts. In the latter case, outrage over storm-related outages has driven the effort. A smarter grid would figure in any solution.

    Comments: 4
  • 'Look before you leap' justified by big changes
    Nov 16, 2011 | Phil Carson

    A last look at themes from utility executives given free reign to converse off the record at last week's Knowledge2011. And a call to discuss these issues  on the record, as the real solutions are particular to each and every utility.

  • Three worthy issues arise in one day
    Nov 15, 2011 | Phil Carson

    A report on energy storage, a primer on preparing for electric vehicles and a call for collaboration all land on the same day. Our columnist provides  related resources and ladles on a few points.

    Comments: 2
  • Electric utilities explore solutions at Knowledge2011
    Nov 14, 2011 | Kate Rowland

    Roundtable discussions at the Knowledge2011 Executive Summit provided ideal opportunities for utility executives to discuss ideas, concerns and challenges, as well as potential solutions to the issues facing them now, and into 2012. We listened in.

  • Media cite 'opposition' in lieu of positive messages
    Nov 14, 2011 | Phil Carson

    A recent article on 'smart grid' in The Washington Post reflects fundamental challenges the power industry faces in public perception and the media's role in it.

    Comments: 2
  • In-house and externally, standards are sought
    Nov 13, 2011 | Phil Carson

    San Diego Gas & Electric's Chris Chen talks about standards and interoperability challenges and electric vehicles.

    Comments: 1
  • Knowledge2011 fuels perception of industry evolution
    Nov 10, 2011 | Phil Carson

    The up and coming executives in the power industry have a bead on the challenges and the solutions, as reflected by participants in this week's Knowledge2011 conference. It's not your father's utility anymore.

  • Are pilots de facto deployments?
    Nov 09, 2011 | Phil Carson

    A number of themes emerged from two days of off-the-record roundtable discussions at Knowledge2011. Several of them may apply to your utility.