Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Sandy pushes thought leaders to write in
    Nov 07, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Readers of Intelligent Utility weighed in on the lessons, still unfolding, of Hurricane Sandy, even as a nor'easter struck the afflicted Northeast this week. Grid design, hardening, distributed generation, time, money and political will all found a place in the discussion. 

    Comments: 1
  • A call for resiliency and evidence-based investment
    Nov 06, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Hurricane Sandy should call for evidence-based investments in hardening and resiliency, particularly where that dovetails with cyber and physical security. The performance of smart grid investments must be weighed against resources for traditional steps for hardening and resilience, including vegetation management. What works should be applied where it fits.   

    Comments: 3
  • Association's focus remains awareness, education
    Nov 05, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Terry Jarrett, utility regulator in Missouri, also chairs the NARUC Committee on Critical Infrastructure, which plays a key role in cyber security education for regulators and their regulated utilities. Jarrett says that keeping cyber security on state regulators' minds remains a challenge. 

  • Association's focus remains awareness, education
    Nov 04, 2012 | Phil Carson

    In an extensive Q&A, Terry Jarrett, who chairs the critical infrastructure committee at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, says that knowledge and training are the primary resources needed by state regulators.  

  • Hard analysis needed of practices and technology
    Nov 01, 2012 | Phil Carson

    As the media documented the damage to the grid by Hurricane Sandy, before economic losses can be properly estimated, questions were ubiquitous and largely unanswered. Good answers will take time. What utilities do with the answers may determine our future quality of life. 

    Comments: 11
  • Sober discussion needed in wake of extreme storms
    Oct 31, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Killer storms last fall. Killer storms this spring. Killer storm this week. What w're learning about grid modernization and resiliency in the wake of extreme weather events should inform investments going forward, if hype, spin and unsubstantiated claims are subtracted.

    Comments: 4
  • NESCO: empower states, aggregate incident data, help frontline
    Oct 30, 2012 | Phil Carson

    A cyber security practitioner advocates state-level control of cyber security requirements for the distribution system, rather than a top-down federal role. Utilities should demonstrate proficiency in prevention, detection and response and the feds should stay out of it. 

  • ICC approach on cost recovery is slowing projects
    Oct 29, 2012 | David O'Brien

    A former regulator, now consulting with Commonwealth Edison in Illinois, expresses concern that Ilinois regulators are applying an inappropriate cost recovery mechanism to interest on billions of dollars in capital invested for grid modernization. 

  • NESCO: empower states, aggregate incident data, help frontline
    Oct 29, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Patrick Miller, president/CEO of EnergySec and principal investigator for its offshoot, the National Electric Sector Cybersecurity (NESCO), a public-private partnership operated by EnergySec with funding from the Department of Energy shares his views on cyber security.

  • Nimbleness helped address customer concerns
    Oct 28, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Central Maine Power had a plan: install AMI and develop customer benefits in consultation with them, while creating the basis to move forward with distribution automation and power quality monitoring. The utility ran into meter opposition that caused it to modify its messaging and communication plan. And it completed its rollout, with an opt-out option, third-party plaudits and time to look ahead again.