Insights from our Editorial Team
SGCC study shows education increases favorability
The more consumers learn about grid modernization, the more they like it and support it. But the needle measuring consumer awareness hasn't moved in a year, despite widespread smart meter rollouts. That's good news and bad news in one.
Making lemonade out of lemons
Looking forward, digital meter rollouts are coming to fruition, leading to projections of declining sales. Looking back, the rollouts were not fully considered. Utility benefits came first and direct, tangible customer value came a distant second. Today, despite that misstep, it looks as if industry inertia has been positively affected. But the AMI mission remains far from complete.
Innovator's legacy should be a best practice
John Hoffman died this week. Don't know him? Ever heard of Energy Star? The original idea was a brilliant way to motivate the masses to achieve energy efficiency. Given utilities' marching orders to achieve EE goals, reviewing Hoffman's ideas is worthwhile.
A utility's use of data reflects its vision for value creation
While utility data can (and should) be applied to a specific case, such as revenue protection or asset management, its value to all aspects of a utility's operation and business means that its use can also enable collaboration between former silos.
Lack of cyber attack proves nothing
Federal authorities are capable of overreach and redundant demands, but the lack of a major cyber disruption of the U.S. grid cannot be taken as a reflection that the power sector has done its work well. More angles on an issue that will never go away, post-9/11.
What's the logic behind a potential cyber attack?
Two utility executives walk into a bar, order drinks and badger each other over the logic behind the cyber security threat. Who are these people? What is their intent? How would attacking the grid advance their interests?
As meter data management systems and other parts of the electricity infrastructure pull in more information on customers, devices, weather, outages and interactions, the question remains: What do you do with all this data. One major trend on the utility horizon in 2012 has been the use of analytics to understand patterns and estimate issues.
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Panetta warns nation, stumps for legislation
The Secretary of Defense cites specific, recent cyber attacks on major financial institutions and increased capabilities of our enemies. A law calling for voluntary sharing and adoption of best practices can't pass Congress. The President has an executive order in his hand. What is the thinking here?
Audience weighs in on meters and the data they generate
Readers react to the news that opt-out numbers across the country are pretty low and eroding. They also weigh in on the value (or lack thereof) of meter data, even when combined with other behavioral patterns.
Longtime CEO identifies pressures affecting modernization
Could utility commissions at the municipal level help insulate muni utilities from local politics? Do "joint action agencies" provide the needed clout and financing to assist munis buffetted by pressures on their business model? A long-time executive offers insights.