Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Real-world applications and best practices
    Aug 29, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Utilities are beginning to use data analytics in new ways to support business goals and customer service. Our data expert shares insights into best practices from a new report on North American utilities. And two utilities describe the shortest path from the starting line to value. 

  • IEEE, others, back principles for standards development
    Aug 28, 2012 | Phil Carson

    There's a formal process for ratifying international standards, and then there are market-driven, de facto standards, which can be just as influential - if proper principles are followed. That's an argument being made by groups such as the IEEE, the Internet Architecture Board, the Internet Engineering Task Force and others.

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  • Vendors must grasp clients' specific needs
    Aug 27, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Big Data is The Next Big Thing, but only if vendors understand the needs of various vertical industries such as power, and articulate a clear path to value. Meanwhile, Big Data is driving significant new investment in the state of Massachusetts.

  • Law allows free opt-out, requires health, privacy reviews
    Aug 24, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Advocates of grid modernization have to repeat the reasoning for progress, in the face of misinformation. In Vermont, the state legislature has allowed free opt-outs from smart metering and mandated reviews of privacy and health concerns. We discuss the principle and the practical. 

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  • DistTrack malware presents a new wrinkle
    Aug 23, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    A new and vicious malware, dubbed DistTrack, seemingly aimed at the energy sector, started raising red flags late last week. Here's what the National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization's (NESCOs) Tactical Analysis Team has to say about it.

  • How do you spell `options' or `toolkit'?
    Aug 23, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Readers say the darndest things. Welcome to the discussion of air conditioning improvements and practices and impacts to the grid. Hint: some say yay, some say nay. 

  • Choices mean a role for both
    Aug 22, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Advancements in HVAC systems, building efficiencies, automation, controls and, yes, expectations and behaviors, offer a range of choices that can reduce energy use or shift loads. A lot of it is market-driven. 

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  • Suggestion of moderation draws fire
    Aug 21, 2012 | Phil Carson

    A cautious essay in the general media suggesting that moderating our use of air conditioning might be a more sustainable practice drew over-the-top vitriol. Are those just knee-jerk reactions or a taste of the resistance to smart grid goals and practices that have not yet come home to roost?  

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  • Data for decision making covers broad gamut
    Aug 20, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Informing decisions by delving into data can provide "quick wins" or years of fundamental work, depending on your strategy. We offer a few discussions and resources on how to think about data analytics. 

  • Will grid modernization slow as opposition continues?
    Aug 19, 2012 | Phil Carson

    We've raised questions about data privacy and whether utilities should have visibility into a home's energy use. But many objections to smart meters are based on fear, suspicion and disbelief that the business case is there. At least, that's the latest wave of response to one group's attempt to counter misinformation about meters.   

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