Insights from our Editorial Team
EVs tangled in debate over government, technology
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.
Remote microgrids grow for under-served end-users
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.
First micro-turbines, then renewables growth
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.
U.S. DOE and Alstom Grid release groundbreaking global study
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.
The next 90 days: we covered that last year
In February 2011, our columnist wrote on a handful of issues that have returned to the headlines as the new year approaches, establishing that there's no guide to the future like the recent past.
Looking back anticipates the year ahead
Back to the future. Our columnist looks at January 2011 to foretell the issues of January 2012.
Xcel reaps bitter harvest from SmartGridCity
Colorado ratepayers reacted negatively to news that Xcel Energy seeks another $16.6 million for SmartGridCity. Generally, they don't expect the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to represent their interests. IOUs beware!
Ghosts of the past are the future
If last year foretells next year, customer issues of one kind or another will remain a crucial challenge, one that makes technical challenges look like small potatoes.
Addressing the needs of low-income customers is complicated
Addressing the needs of low-income customers has become even more urgent in current economic conditions, particularly in winter. What are the appropriate ways in which to assist this segment of utility customers? What's working?
Data privacy, affordable electricity and our readers
Consumers "own" their energy data, sure. But policy-making includes some gray areas. As for a city exploring its own energy future, little is black-and-white.