Insights from our Editorial Team
December developments point in disparate directions
Smart meter-related developments in California already this month run the gamut from constructive to kooky. That's understandable, but both utilities and customers need to step up their game, according to our columnist.
Joint Duke Energy and EPRI demonstration project shows promise
One of the biggest stories in direct-current (DC) electricity this past year has been the Tres Amigas SuperStation, which will, when complete, convert alternating current (AC) power to DC, and then back to AC, allowing the electricity to be easily transferred from one grid to another. But it's the line resistance factor that also makes it intriguing for other utility applications, as well. Duke Energy and EPRI recently reported some intriguing preliminary results from their joint DC-power data center conversion demonstration project.
Oracle: Utilities need to assess business process impacts from AMI, DMS
The implementation of advanced metering infrastructure and distribution management systems requires thinking forward about process change management and backward to the foundational IT systems to support previously unimagined volumes of data, not to mention mining that data for business intelligence that affects operations and planning. An Oracle executive draws back the curtain.
Installing a Smart Meter Offers High Value That Shouldn't Be Overlooked.
Approximately 16 million smart meters have been installed in the United States so far and around 34 million more will be installed in coming years. The replacement of electro-mechanical meters with smart meters presents an opportunity to examine each premise. What valuable data can be obtained this way? What all should happen during that one time visit to maximize the benefit?
Panel touches on consumer issues, utility messaging
A consumer advocate, a dynamic pricing researcher and a consumer education guru all had concrete suggestions for utilities approaching customers with new pricing plans. They offered ideas on opt-in/opt-out, experimental design and messaging and more that utilities can implement right now.
Readers write on smart grid issues that move them
Intelligent Utility Daily readers were moved to write us on the future of demand response, cost recovery for SmartGridCity and "Black Swans," unforeseen developments that we cannot stop. One reader captured the future of demand response thus: "It is far from rocket science but it does require changing the way we think about pricing, using and delivering electricity."
Motor City looking for an American second act
As utilities brace for the advent of electric vehicles, Intelligent Utility Daily looks at Detroit, aka Motor City, as well as counterparts in San Diego and Houston, all with distinctly different markets, uptake forecasts and approaches. A few details on Detroit's programs are given here in anticipation of an Intelligent Utility Reality webcast forthcoming on January 6.
Five in six ISOs/RTOs report market for demand response
Yesterday, I wrote about the demand response metrics and data from three of the six ISOs and RTOs that prepared the 2010 ISO/RTO Metrics Report, focusing on the California ISO, ISO New England and the Midwest ISO. Today's column follows up with the same data from the New York ISO, PJM Interconnection and the Southwest Power Pool.
Release of the 2010 ISO/RTO Metrics Report makes the case for reliability, market performance, demand response and more
Yesterday marked the release of the 2010 ISO/RTO Metrics Report, a hefty 353 pages of charts, statistics and future planning. Prepared by the independent system operators (ISOs) and regional transmission organizations (RTOs) that are regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the report provides detailed information on various data points relevant to ISO and RTO performance in the areas of reliability, wholesale electricity market performance and organizational effectiveness for the California ISO, ISO New England, the Midwest ISO, the New York ISO, PJM Interconnection and the Southwest Power Pool. Today, we look at the role of demand response within these metrics.
Legal arguments obscure the issue of trust and accountability
Xcel files its responses to objections by intervenors in the SmartGridCity cost recovery case. Our columnist argues that a successful legal argument may win the utility $44.5 million, while losing ratepayer trust and a sense of accountability, crucial factors in gaining long-term support for grid modernization.