Insights from our Editorial Team
Opening salvo in Boulder's municipalization effort?
Boulder is exploring the formation of a municipal utility. Xcel is trying to scare its citizens and has asked for regulatory support to cut off Boulder from energy efficiency and solar incentives. Battle lines are being drawn.
Xcel: we've proven value, deserve cost recovery
Colorado regulators have established a handful of hurdles to full cost recovery by Xcel Energy for SmartGridCity. Xcel argues that it has cleared those hurdles and deserves to collect another $16.6 million, on top of $27.9 million already recovered, for a project involving triple cost overruns. Hearings have been set.
Few consumer negatives around smart grid, which remains fuzzy
A handful of consumer perception studies appear to show that smart meters and smart grid remain largely amorphous subjects in the public's mind, which is both good news and bad news. Will utilities react with complacency or urgency?
ARPA-E's Majumdar charts progress
Public-private research efforts toward clean energy and grid modernization are moving ahead, according to researchers at ARPA-E. Arun Majumdar, director of ARPA-E, will present at the EnergyBiz Leadership Forum will be held March 19-21 in Washington, D.C.
IEEE PES pursues objectives to attract and retain talent
The IEEE Power & Energy Society has worked to offer scholarships, mentoring and career opportunities for engineering students to attract them to opportunities in Smart Grid work. An advocate argues that grid modernization is at risk if these efforts aren't widely supported.
Detecting theft and enhancing billing processes only two of many potential applications
Two utility data analytics case studies, one from Florida and one from Wisconsin, handily illustrate the ways in which meter data analytics (MDA) can be applied to other aspects of the utility's day-to-day processes.
Oncor, JEA and PPL recall pitfalls, best practices
Is the implementation of a meter data management system, or MDMS, as simple as the acronym suggests? Three major utilities suggest otherwise, and share their lessons learned and best practices that resulted from their own experiences.
Critics point to pilots, advocate cautious steps
California regulators are determining how to move forward on energy storage, as mandated by legislation. How much time should it spend on analysis, on determining storage's cost effectiveness? And should it set procurement targets for investor-owned utilities in the state, possibly advancing the market for storage, possibly burdening ratepayers?
National security depends on EE & RE, not drilling
Navy admiral discusses the connection between energy independence and national security, and the role of energy efficiency and renewable energy in achieving independence and security. This no-nonsense approach is saving lives in the field.
Report: variables involved in motivating consumers
A new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy draws some conclusions from recent pilots about presenting consumers with energy use feedback information. Hint: such feedback doesn't motivate everyone, nor would it be cost effective to enable everyone with such capabilities.