Insights from our Editorial Team
Smart meters, workforce attrition and peak oil
Intelligent Utility Daily readers tell us what's important to them when they visit in droves and some post comments that provide specifics for their interest. In the past two weeks, opting out on smart meters, attrition in the utility workforce and electric vehicles produced the most insights. Get in touch with your peers in the industry by reading this column.
Utilities: start with the basics and then talk technology
A recent meeting in my community provided me with an "ah-ha!" moment about utilities' consumer education efforts, and the missing link for consumers. Utilities, it's time to get back to the basics.
Diversity of options: a strength or weakness?
The country and the energy industry is stuck in either/or thinking. What happened to the notion of diverse options to apply to diverse challenges? Our columnist uses the example of electric vehicles and those that run on natural gas or hydrogen.
The one thing the president needs to know
If you had the president's ear or the ears of his advisors, what would you say that needed to be heard about the nation's grid modernization efforts? eMeter's Chris King had that opportunity this week. He shares the encounter in this column.
Dominion's Webb provides his view on the customer engagement issue
Utilities are increasingly attempting to better engage their customers to ensure the success of smart meter and smart grid deployments. But how best to do this? Christopher Perdue recently had the opportunity to speak with Mark Webb, director of policy and business evaluation at Dominion Resources, and asked him what advice he would provide other utilities as they attempt to engage their customers with smart grid solutions.
NREL effort seeks to convert wind and sun to hydrogen
What is the most efficient and flexible way to integrate renewable energy sources with the grid? One way, being explored at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., is to convert solar photovoltaic and wind turbine electricity into hydrogen, which can be stored and transported for myriad uses. Or it can drive generators that send electricity to the grid. Are we "there" yet? Read this column.
Utility experts discuss demand response from coast to coast
Last Thursday's Intelligent Utility Realities webcast "Demand Response 2.0: The Next Generation" offered two views of the demand response issue from opposite sides of the country. Southern California Edison's Mark Martinez and Pepco Holdings' Charles Driggs discussed DR from coast to coast, and we captured the discussion's high points here.
Realigning my view of the nascent EV market
Our columnist declares five likely influencers on the electric vehicle market and, in some cases, he's actually able to back them up. Here are five trends you should note in the EV market. Reader comments welcome.
IEEE PES offers help to engineering students
Most debates over grid modernization miss the point, because up to half the industry's power engineers will retire within five years. Will anyone keep the lights on, let alone modernize the grid? The IEEE Power and Energy Society is putting money and effort to ensure the nation's economic and security future by offering scholarships to power engineering studients. You can help.
Effort focuses on smart grid as economic development
Kansas City Power & Light has pursued an innovative approach to grid modernization: make it part of urban revitalization by engaging disadvantaged customers.
KCP&L, based in Kansas City, Missouri, has targeted a "Green Impact Zone" in a blighted part of the city and is performing aggressive outreach as it installs 14,000 smart meters in homes and businesses, which will also receive new rate options, energy use displays and educational materials.