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Cost-effective, quantifiable results with residential customers
As utilities reach for mandated targets for energy efficiency and demand response, they should consider behavioral approaches to their customers and their energy use.
More insights from UAI Summit 2012
"Tomorrow's utility executives will be analytics-driven," Mike Smith, vice president of Energy Central's Utility Analytics Institute, told attendees at last week's Utility Analytics Institute Summit 2012. But many of today's utility executives are already heading quickly in that direction, as evidenced by two utility panels. Here is what they told us.
Regulators find RE cheaper, positive for economy
The Michigan Public Service Commission reports that wind energy is cheaper than new coal-fired generation facilities, a conclusion that will reignite the debate over the direction of and investment in new generation.
Commission ties renewables to jobs, growth
The Michigan Public Service Commission said yesterday that the pursuit of clean energy was a job-creator for a state hard hit by recession. There's more: renewable energy is cheaper than coal, according to Michigan's regulators. Will that issue come up in the state's presidential primary, being contested this week?
Role in EVs certain, less so for grid storage
Lithium-ion batteries drive electric vehicles, an application that provides a clear view of the market ahead. The role of Li-ion batteries in grid storage is far less clear because the technology's value stream goes up against other storage technologies. For nuances around these two markets, read this column.
Decade-long effort remains underway, despite roadblocks
Boulder, Colo. has hired two separate legal firms to deal with condemnation proceedings against Xcel Energy and to deal with FERC, which would referee the value of Xcel's assets that Boulder may seek to obtain. Meanwhile, municipalization efforts in Massachusetts continue to encounter roadblocks, and massive lobbying by the region's IOUs.
Network management tools from telecom can serve utilities
The power industry needs to pay more attention to new data communications demands that utilities will place on public and private networks, rather than rely on "miracles."
IEEE interview highlights smart grid thinking
GE's John McDonald explains the relationship between standards and interoperability and touches on other smart grid issues in a wide-ranging interview by IEEE. McDonald calls for state regulations to change, for industry cooperation around interoperability and for "doing the right thing."
Insights from Day 2 of the UAI Summit 2012
Kate Rowland discusses the issues and challenges in the grid analytics market, from the perspectives of those deep in the trenches at the Utility Analytics Institute Summit, Day 2.
Readers keep the conversation going
Readers keep us honest and over the past weeks, they've weighed in on the horrific dangers of smart meters, the professionalism of those working in public power and the twists and turns in California's deliberations on energy storage.