Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Utilities enter 'value phase' of grid modernization
    Jan 11, 2012 | Mike Smith

    Analyzing data is a standard practice. But the advent of 'Big  Data' has pushed analytics to the fore because it offers business value and payback on smart grid investments. We offer insights and resources on how to think about this development.

  • Once utilities engage, they'll need answers
    Jan 11, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Engaging customers means answering questions and a slew of issues  present themselves, including who pays for R&D, how dynamic pricing will affect vulnerable populations, addressing meter outrage and storm outages—all issues discussed recently in these pages.

  • Annual CES in Vegas raises issues, large and small
    Jan 10, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Utilities that are serious about customer engagement might take a page from the Consumer Electronics Show, now drawing the multitudes in Las Vegas. CES has loads of "green energy" products on display, which might spark utilities' creative juices on the engagement issue. At least one major utility is working the show.

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  • In Naperville, it's the 5 percent versus the 95 percent
    Jan 09, 2012 | Phil Carson

    A handful of people in Naperville, Illinois, a city widely respected for its two decades of work in grid modernization, seek to reverse the city's progress. Shall the 5 percent rule the 95 percent?

    Comments: 6
  • Study calls for industry-funded R&D
    Jan 08, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Public-private partnerships in research and development could meet many needs for innovation that could promote American energy and economic security. The issue will be debated in an election year. One study suggests a path. 

    Comments: 2
  • The "next big thing" is a misnomer; it's here
    Jan 05, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Vendors  will tell  you what they want you to hear on data analytics. We offer you your peers and their lessons learned.

  • EVs tangled in debate over government, technology
    Jan 04, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Utilities have worked to prepare for electric vehicles, which have sold less briskly than anticipated. Yet electric cars could cement the utility-residential customer connection over the long run. Meanwhile, Americans have mixed reactions to a government role in encouraging the  market.

    Comments: 5
  • Remote microgrids grow for under-served end-users
    Jan 03, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Developments this past year have encouraged the  development of microgrids, once considered by utilities to be a threat to operations, now considered a potential resource. An analyst describes the innovations, the drivers and the market.

    Comments: 2
  • First micro-turbines, then renewables growth
    Jan 02, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Microturbines running on natural gas will have a multi-year run as the leading source of distributed generation, with many benefits to the grid, including reliability and managing black starts.

    Comments: 2
  • U.S. DOE and Alstom Grid release groundbreaking global study
    Integrating variable energy resources into electric utility control centers
    Dec 29, 2011 | Kate Rowland

    A new, globally focused report released by the U.S. Department of Energy and authored by an Alstom Grid Inc. team shares real-life strategies and decision support system best practices for integrating variable energy resources in electric utility control centers. It's a 2012 Must Read for utility operations teams and decision-makers.

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