Insights from our Editorial Team
Doubters may bray, but it's going to market
While the power industry continues to debate the feasibility of V2G or vehicle-to-grid, one scientist/inventor has quietly accomplished enough enabling technology to go to market. We look at the latest developments in commercial deployment as well as at a leading utility and an RTO.
If `data is currency,' sell high!
The advent of "do not track" features and a sense that an individual's Web-browsing behavior has monetary value to the person creating it spurred our columnist to muse on how valuable energy use data might be, especially if mashed up with other personal details.
New papers argue for a way forward
Prepay has been a success for Salt River Project for decades, with high satisfaction among certain customer segments that opt-in for it. Yet traditional consumer protections aren't well-suited to prepay and other programs enabled by grid modernization. Two new papers address the issue, one on regulatory hurdles, the other advocating a way forward.
California rules soon on communities' rights
Several utilities with opt-out provisions for smart metering have reported very low numbers of customers are seizing the opportunity, perhaps due to the added cost they bear. Meanwhile, state regulators continue to examine issues of cyber security and data privacy related to digital metering.
Readers call for third-party access to customer data
Our readers weigh in on the Green Button, complaining that regulators have yet to allow third-party access to customer energy data to create compelling value. The concept is sound and we're open to hearing the practical details on how that will be achieved while protecting data privacy.
Denver conference tackles IT, customers and regulation
A shifting business and technology landscape has left utilities under-invested in information technology and the systems that ride on it, according to consultancy Five Point. Industry leaders gather in Denver in October to examine the road ahead.
While some utilities fret over the reams of data that is now available to them from smart grid technologies like smart meters, advanced meter infrastructure and distributed automation, others are taking full advantage of the new opportunities presented by the data.
If used, apps open door to engagement and benefits
In the past year that the so-called "Green Button" open standard for energy use data has been available, various parties have developed consumer-oriented apps that make it easy and fun to engage and manage home and business energy use. That's got to be a good thing.
Dominion Virginia Power on the basics
At last week's Utility Analytics Week, one session featured Dominion Virginia Power's Brandon Stites, director of energy conservation and advanced metering solutions. He explained the basic approach the utility is taking to using meter data to improve system efficiencies and, therefore, please customers.
How will the distribution system be addressed?
Whither cyber security for the distribution system? Is it in fact the most vulnerable part of the grid? And would voluntary measures be enough or should mandated approaches be enforced, top-down? We offer a slew of questions and seek the answers.