Insights from our Editorial Team
Retailers push meters to expand product options
Competitive markets are aided by smart meters that allow retail providers to develop and offer innovative products and services, according to the heads of public utilities commissions in Texas and Pennsylvania. The head of the PUC in Texas tells us how and why.
Spirited give-and-take over CEC report
The California Energy Commission asked for energy storage options, which it received. Our columnist asked for dissent, and it was delivered. Clarifying the two positions? Read this column.
Recent case underscores issues of timely reporting, instant analysis
A purported cyber security attack on the SCADA system of a Midwestern water utility raises issues pertinent to the power industry. So, will that example provide lessons for those running electric utilities?
Drivers include economies of scale, 'future-proofing'
An Intelligent Utility webcast this Thursday will delve into lessons big and small around interoperability and standards. Join three panelists who've been intimately involved at their utility and in national efforts. Read this column for a preview of the event.
Holiday pop quiz no one can fail
Six months ago, the power industry debated whether consumer benefits should immediately follow a smart meter installation. Today, the industry's opponents have seized uncontested ground and are busy putting the brakes on grid modernization. Evidence to the contrary, the power industry appears to be saying, "What? Me worry?"
RF foes claim electro-smog is killing us
Discussing "smart" meters these days brings attention to the proliferation of efforts to ban them. Does the power industry really understand how fervent the anti-meter movement has become?
Markets should determine right application, right price
A consulting engineer provides a dissenting view to a California Energy Commission report that, our expert says, advocates storage. Our Industry Expert suggests letting market forces decide where and when to apply cost-effective storage.
Policy is rational, though the argument remains unpersuasive
On the eve of smart meter rollouts of the wireless variety in Vermont, the two largest utilities have agreed to an inexpensive opt-out provision. The alternative is a hard-wired meter. Our columnist finds the proponents rational and able to engage in a fruitful exchange of views. Therein lies a lesson.
Storms + outage anger = muni movement
Municipalization has raised its head in the Rockies and, now, in Massachusetts. In the latter case, outrage over storm-related outages has driven the effort. A smarter grid would figure in any solution.
'Look before you leap' justified by big changes
A last look at themes from utility executives given free reign to converse off the record at last week's Knowledge2011. And a call to discuss these issues on the record, as the real solutions are particular to each and every utility.