Insights from our Editorial Team

  • California Public Utilities Commission to decide in coming year
    Dec 01, 2011 | Kate Rowland

    Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) hit the ground running in mid- and late November with a series of announcements about its next smart grid projects, in line with its Smart Grid Deployment Plan filed with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) earlier this year. One of the most intriguing is its Smart Grid Pilot Deployment Project application to the CPUC in late November. Here's a look inside the application.

  • Smoothing the way, from the grid to consumers
    Dec 01, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Interoperability permeates the utility, from systems talking to each other outward to the customer, where home area networks and electric vehicles depend on it. Three utility executiives talk about their work in-house and with national standards organizations to reduce the risk of investments and reward innovation.

  • Retailers push meters to expand product options
    Nov 30, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Competitive markets are aided by smart meters that allow retail providers to develop and offer innovative products and services, according to the heads of public utilities commissions in Texas and Pennsylvania. The head of the PUC in Texas tells us how and why.

    Comments: 1
  • Spirited give-and-take over CEC report
    Nov 29, 2011 | Phil Carson

    The California Energy Commission asked for energy storage options, which it received. Our columnist asked for dissent, and it was delivered. Clarifying the two positions? Read this column.

    Comments: 1
  • Recent case underscores issues of timely reporting, instant analysis
    Nov 28, 2011 | Phil Carson

    A purported cyber security attack on the SCADA system of a Midwestern water utility raises issues pertinent to the power industry. So, will that example provide lessons for those running electric utilities?

    Comments: 2
  • Drivers include economies of scale, 'future-proofing'
    Nov 23, 2011 | Phil Carson

    An Intelligent Utility webcast this Thursday will delve into lessons big and small around interoperability and standards. Join three panelists who've been intimately involved at their utility and in national efforts. Read this column for a preview of the event.

  • Holiday pop quiz no one can fail
    Nov 22, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Six months ago, the power industry debated whether consumer benefits should immediately follow a smart meter installation. Today, the industry's opponents have seized uncontested ground and are busy putting the brakes on grid modernization. Evidence to the contrary, the power industry appears to be saying, "What? Me worry?"

    Comments: 3
  • RF foes claim electro-smog is killing us
    Nov 21, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Discussing "smart" meters these days brings attention to the proliferation of efforts to ban them. Does the power industry really understand how fervent the anti-meter movement has become?

    Comments: 7
  • 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