Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Knowledge2011 fuels perception of industry evolution
    Nov 10, 2011 | Phil Carson

    The up and coming executives in the power industry have a bead on the challenges and the solutions, as reflected by participants in this week's Knowledge2011 conference. It's not your father's utility anymore.

  • Are pilots de facto deployments?
    Nov 09, 2011 | Phil Carson

    A number of themes emerged from two days of off-the-record roundtable discussions at Knowledge2011. Several of them may apply to your utility.

  • Utility peers discuss security, data, customers and leadership
    Nov 08, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Gotta dash. One hundred of the nation's leading CIOs and customer service and operations executives are gathered here on Amelia Island, Florida for two days to share insights. I can't get this kind of access anywhere else. So here are a few postcards from the sessions I attended today. 

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  • Future-proofing, costs drive effort, in-house and out
    Nov 07, 2011 | Phil Carson

    DTE Energy is working to ensure that its in-house systems are interoperable and it is working on the national level to see that standards benefit the industry.

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  • Future-proofing, costs drive effort, in-house and out
    Nov 06, 2011 | Phil Carson

    DTE Energy is actively pursuing standards and interoperability, not just for its own systems but for the power industry. In-house, the goal is to avoid stranded assets and to future-proof DTE's investments. In the big picture, the goal is to spur innovation and create economies of scale.

  • Commentary on 'ComEd bill' and Xcel in Boulder
    Nov 03, 2011 | Phil Carson

    ComEd managed to get a bill through the Illinois legislature for grid modernization and guaranteed cost recovery over a decade. Xcel Energy is fighting a rebellious customer, Boulder, Colo., over the latter's goal of creating a municipal utility. Our readers had comments for all parties involved.

  • But vote margin is paper thin, clouding future
    Nov 02, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Boulder voters approved a municipal utility by the thinnest of margins earlier this week. The city wants a smart grid with high renewable penetration. Be careful what you wish for.

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  • EPRI experts weigh in on the issues
    Nov 01, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Integrating wind resources can be costly when it involves transmission and storage, but several related challenges can be met through research, according to experts at the Electric Power Research Institute.

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  • From regulatory uncertainty to standards, an interesting year lies ahead
    Oct 31, 2011 | Kate Rowland

    Industry consultants, analysts, researchers and stalwarts raise the issues of 2012, the ones staring utilities square in the eyes. What's No. 1? Effective communication with consumers? Guess again.

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  • Some suggest targeted, affordable work with quick ROI
    Oct 31, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Will smart meter rollouts materialize as forecast? Will dynamic pricing follow? Or will utilities turn to distribution upgrades with more focused benefits and quicker payback? Our columnist tackles the questions.