Insights from our Editorial Team

  • SAS provides insights into data analytics uses, and the future
    Aug 08, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    Last week, we discussed the public misconceptions concerning usage data collected by their electric utilities. This week, aided by the SAS report "How Utilities View Analytics," we're tackling the brass tacks: the straight goods on why it's important for electric utilities to collect data all along the grid (not just at usage endpoints), and the ways in which they want to use it.

  • Data over perception = billions of $$ in savings
    Aug 07, 2012 | Phil Carson

    How in the world can a utility and its regulators transition to dynamic pricing? Oh, the horrors! One pricing expert offers a simple, straightforward way to proceed, step by step. At each juncture, there's an opportunity to find that it doesn't work, and a chance to recognize that it does and to continue the transition. 

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  • Data over perception = billions of $$ in savings
    Aug 06, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Thirty years of data has established the efficacy of price signals to adjust the residential load profile and provide the response for energy efficiency programs and peak load reduction. Why the impasse, now that push has come to shove? 

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  • Data over perception = billions of $$ in savings
    Aug 05, 2012 | Phil Carson

    In a recent presentation to regulators at NARUC's summer meeting, pricing expert Ahmad Faruqui argued that facts should trump misperceptions around dynamic pricing. And he offered steps on how to get there from here.  

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  • Lessons from the trenches
    Meter data analysis: a primer for talking to customers
    Aug 02, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    Tied up in the entire data analytics discussion is that of consumer education. It's imperative that electric utilities make abundantly clear their privacy policies regarding customer data, and that they clearly, factually dispute allegations that claim otherwise.

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  • Readers weigh in on why frustration continues
    Aug 02, 2012 | Phil Carson

    It seems many would like to move beyond talking about smart meters and the customer. But since the conversation moved from "ratepayers" to "customers," we've got a tiger by the tail. 

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  • American grid expert weighs in
    Aug 01, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Erich Gunther, recognized grid authority, received some data on frequency variations on India's grid that is implicated in the historic blackout this week. He shares thoughts on immediate steps the developing nation can take to address a load-generation imbalance. 

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  • Decentralization could be beneficiary
    Jul 31, 2012 | Phil Carson

    A blackout in India cuts power to 700 million people. When the causes are found, will the answer be decentralization, privatization and automation? And who will profit? Our correspondent cites reports on the event and muses on outcomes.

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  • Southern California Edison lauds recent, proposed decision
    Jul 30, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Comments from Southern California Edison and the Clean Energy Storage Alliance on California regulators' "proposed decision" on how to evaluate storage's applications on the grid, how to value them and how to improve the regulatory framework were both positive.

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  • Even well-regarded IOUs have work to do
    Jul 29, 2012 | Phil Carson

    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. 

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