Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Quick insights can be gleaned from incomplete data
    Jan 22, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Analyzing data for business value has become critical in the era of Big Data. Doing it right, however, doesn't mean doing it perfectly. Quick insights can be derived from incomplete data if you're clear on what you really need to know.

  • Industry forum members say yes ... and no
    Integrating renewables
    Jan 19, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    Sparked by a recent reader's comment about "green" subsidies, an industry forum took up the challenge, and discussed the pros and cons of government subsidies to the industry. Here, we share some of the comments, and issue a challenge to readers: how do you feel about industry subsidies, and what is the best way forward?

    Comments: 7
  • Early stakeholder involvement, transparency touted by readers
    Jan 19, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Our reader's forum this week drew comments from prominent advocates of grid modernization, who warned that utilities need to step up their game with stakeholders or face the consequences.

  • Intervenors don't agree, regulators prepare to review
    Jan 18, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Xcel has applied for final cost recovery of $16.6 million for SmartGridCity. Next week, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission will decide how to proceed with the case. We look at Xcel's initial logic in seeking cost recovery.

    Comments: 1
  • MIT paper offers approach to analytics thinking
    Jan 17, 2012 | Phil Carson

    A paper on analytics helps the utility industry understand "how to think about" gleaning business value from Big Data. We bring you a few salient points and links to resources.

    Comments: 3
  • The 'Green Button,' Naperville and SmartGridCity
    Jan 16, 2012 | Phil Carson

    The smart grid customer gets access to energy use data, a city fends off smart meter foes and SmartGridCity costs are back in the news.

  • Is a messaging platform for customer engagement useful?
    Jan 15, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Utilities don't have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to customer engagement. Research reveals numerous aspects of the elusive customer and what messages will resonate.

    Comments: 3
  • Readers straighten us out on the real issues
    Jan 12, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Technology solutions abound, it's the economics that are sticky for utilities and end-users. Our columnist casts his line with bold statements and readers take the bait.

    Comments: 3
  • Utilities enter 'value phase' of grid modernization
    Jan 11, 2012 | Mike Smith

    Analyzing data is a standard practice. But the advent of 'Big  Data' has pushed analytics to the fore because it offers business value and payback on smart grid investments. We offer insights and resources on how to think about this development.

  • Once utilities engage, they'll need answers
    Jan 11, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Engaging customers means answering questions and a slew of issues  present themselves, including who pays for R&D, how dynamic pricing will affect vulnerable populations, addressing meter outrage and storm outages—all issues discussed recently in these pages.