Insights from our Editorial Team
Installing a Smart Meter Offers High Value That Shouldn't Be Overlooked.
Approximately 16 million smart meters have been installed in the United States so far and around 34 million more will be installed in coming years. The replacement of electro-mechanical meters with smart meters presents an opportunity to examine each premise. What valuable data can be obtained this way? What all should happen during that one time visit to maximize the benefit?
Panel touches on consumer issues, utility messaging
A consumer advocate, a dynamic pricing researcher and a consumer education guru all had concrete suggestions for utilities approaching customers with new pricing plans. They offered ideas on opt-in/opt-out, experimental design and messaging and more that utilities can implement right now.
Readers write on smart grid issues that move them
Intelligent Utility Daily readers were moved to write us on the future of demand response, cost recovery for SmartGridCity and "Black Swans," unforeseen developments that we cannot stop. One reader captured the future of demand response thus: "It is far from rocket science but it does require changing the way we think about pricing, using and delivering electricity."
Motor City looking for an American second act
As utilities brace for the advent of electric vehicles, Intelligent Utility Daily looks at Detroit, aka Motor City, as well as counterparts in San Diego and Houston, all with distinctly different markets, uptake forecasts and approaches. A few details on Detroit's programs are given here in anticipation of an Intelligent Utility Reality webcast forthcoming on January 6.
Five in six ISOs/RTOs report market for demand response
Yesterday, I wrote about the demand response metrics and data from three of the six ISOs and RTOs that prepared the 2010 ISO/RTO Metrics Report, focusing on the California ISO, ISO New England and the Midwest ISO. Today's column follows up with the same data from the New York ISO, PJM Interconnection and the Southwest Power Pool.
Release of the 2010 ISO/RTO Metrics Report makes the case for reliability, market performance, demand response and more
Yesterday marked the release of the 2010 ISO/RTO Metrics Report, a hefty 353 pages of charts, statistics and future planning. Prepared by the independent system operators (ISOs) and regional transmission organizations (RTOs) that are regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the report provides detailed information on various data points relevant to ISO and RTO performance in the areas of reliability, wholesale electricity market performance and organizational effectiveness for the California ISO, ISO New England, the Midwest ISO, the New York ISO, PJM Interconnection and the Southwest Power Pool. Today, we look at the role of demand response within these metrics.
Legal arguments obscure the issue of trust and accountability
Xcel files its responses to objections by intervenors in the SmartGridCity cost recovery case. Our columnist argues that a successful legal argument may win the utility $44.5 million, while losing ratepayer trust and a sense of accountability, crucial factors in gaining long-term support for grid modernization.
Xcel's response to critics' objections forthcoming
The Climax Molybdenum Company, one of Colorado's largest electricity users, spelled out its objections to an initial ruling by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission that approved triple cost overruns by Xcel at SmartGridCity in Boulder. Read this summary or click through to the document itself. In a nutshell: SmartGridCity is a research and development project that should be paid for Xcel shareholders, not 1.4 million Xcel ratepayers in Colorado.
While many of today's smart grid technology vendors may find themselves tactically well-positioned with their current capabilities, they may be strategically challenged if unable to support a complete smart grid solution. Many vendors are addressing this issue by forming alliances and partnerships with companies that can provide solutions that complement their offering.
Kansas IOU prepares ground for 45,000-meter pilot in Lawrence
Westar Energy is prepping Lawrence, Kansas, for a 45,000-meter pilot that will be coupled with an online energy use portal for customer value. Will this pilot provide the data on consumer behavior and the development of a business case for Westar's other 640,000 other metered customers?