Insights from our Editorial Team
Even well-regarded IOUs have work to do
A customer of Oklahoma Gas & Electric complains that he knows how to save energy, he doesn't need a smart meter to do it. And he fears that opt-in dynamic pricing programs such as OG&E's SmartHours program will become mandatory. We've lauded OG&E for its work. Our editor answers these complaints while allowing the customer his legitimate concerns.
Is time-of-use pricing making a difference?
We take a trip back to Ontario, where time-of-use pricing has been in full swing for some time now, to see what has changed. Is it working? How do we know?
Readers suggest it, and object to it
Will voluntary programs to encourage energy efficiency by changing customer behavior become draconian, mandatory measures that rob us of our freedom? And is the assumption that electricity should be abundant and cheap due for an overhaul? Our readers offer deep thoughts on the potential outcomes in a smart grid era.
Needed: applications, alternatives, regulations, markets
California regulators' struggle to respond to legislation mandating energy storage has led them to adopt a framework for analysis that will address applications, alternatives, cost effectiveness and the regulatory and market frameworks that must include storage if it is found to have useful, cost-effective applications. It ain't easy and it ain't simple.
Will motivator be price, rewards or community?
Media coverage of energy efficiency efforts focused yesterday on changing consumers' behavior and how to get their attention and cooperation. Does the coverage accurately reflect industry concerns? Do those concerns mean anything to consumers? We take a look.
Scaling up real-time pricing approved by regulators
Illinois regulators have given a green light to ComEd and Ameren Illinois to expand a real-time pricing pilot that has run for five years, as the two utilities extend interval meters to millions of customers. We spoke with the program administrator.
Focus on utility side or customer side?
Interval meters actually can serve both utility-side efficiencies as well as customer-side value propositions. Now that the cat is out of the bag with widespread deployment of meters, it only makes sense to address both sides. For a number of reasons.
Readers weigh in smart grid goals, and means
Should the industry pursue utility-side efficiencies or customer engagement to achieve its goals of resource adequacy and reliability? Our readers suggest the choice is a false dichotomy, as they weigh in on both sides.
NREL pursues systems integration
The National Renewable Energy Lab is opening a new facility for utilities and other parties to test a laundry list of technologies to understand systems integration issues BEFORE expensive in situ testing and the investment of capital.
Concrete actions needed to advance modernization
Like a Chinese puzzle in which one part needs to be moved to enable other parts to move, stakeholders in grid modernization each have responsibilities to grasp other stakeholders' concerns and act to bring grid modernization to fruition.