Insights from our Editorial Team

  • 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. 

    Comments: 3
  • 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.

    Comments: 1
  • 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.

    Comments: 1
  • 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. 

    Comments: 7
  • Is time-of-use pricing making a difference?
    Is time-of-use pricing working?
    Jul 26, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    We take a trip back to Ontario, where time-of-use pricing has been in full swing for some time now, to see what has changed. Is it working? How do we know?

    Comments: 6
  • Readers suggest it, and object to it
    Jul 26, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Will voluntary programs to encourage energy efficiency by changing customer behavior become draconian, mandatory measures that rob us of our freedom? And is the assumption that electricity should be abundant and cheap due for an overhaul? Our readers offer deep thoughts on the potential outcomes in a smart grid era. 

    Comments: 2
  • Needed: applications, alternatives, regulations, markets
    Jul 25, 2012 | Phil Carson

    California regulators' struggle to respond to legislation mandating energy storage has led them to adopt a framework for analysis that will address applications, alternatives, cost effectiveness and the regulatory and market frameworks that must include storage if it is found to have useful, cost-effective applications. It ain't easy and it ain't simple.

    Comments: 1
  • Will motivator be price, rewards or community?
    Jul 24, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Media coverage of energy efficiency efforts focused yesterday on changing consumers' behavior and how to get their attention and cooperation. Does the coverage accurately reflect industry concerns? Do those concerns mean anything to consumers? We take a look. 

    Comments: 9
  • Scaling up real-time pricing approved by regulators
    Jul 23, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Illinois regulators have given a green light to ComEd and Ameren Illinois to expand a real-time pricing pilot that has run for five years, as the two utilities extend interval meters to millions of customers. We spoke with the program administrator.

  • Focus on utility side or customer side?
    Jul 22, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Interval meters actually can serve both utility-side efficiencies as well as customer-side value propositions. Now that the cat is out of the bag with widespread deployment of meters, it only makes sense to address both sides. For a number of reasons.