Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Global survey reflects interest in storage, generation and islanding
    Dec 23, 2012 | Phil Carson

    An IEEE survey of global utility executives finds that energy storage, distributed generation and microgrids will drive energy markets over the next five years. It's not your father's utility anymore.

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  • Dec 20, 2012 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Cooperatives have come to a judgmental consensus on the value of GIS, and it’s a definite “thumbs up.” Three of them discuss the pragmatic--and sometimes unexpected--uses they've found for a system originally confined to mapping.

  • EDTA sees myriad trends driving gradual EV adoption
    Dec 19, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Utilities that engage customers over the purchase of an electric vehicle have higher than average ratings for customer satisfaction, according to Brian Wynne, president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association, and J.D. Power and Associates. 

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  • EDTA sees myriad trends driving gradual EV adoption
    Dec 18, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Brian Wynne, president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association, shares his views on EV technology, the market and the future. As a pragmatist, he knows electrification of transportation is a long-term proposition. 

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  • Expert touts hardening, resiliency as avenue to growth
    Dec 17, 2012 | Phil Carson

    In the second part of a two-part Q&A, Massoud Amin, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Minnesota, discusses dynamic risk, the economic constraints of obsolete infrastructure and the cost of upgrading the electric grid in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

  • Expert touts hardening, resiliency as avenue to growth
    Dec 16, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Massoud Amin, an IEEE senior member and professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Minnesota, has been working on smart grid concepts for decades. In a Q&A session, Amin discusses the lessons of Hurricane Sandy and calls for infrastructure investments.

  • Dec 13, 2012 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    The Electricity Subsector Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model (ES-C2M2) hasn’t been in the works for a decade. It hasn’t been languishing in a subcommittee waiting for rescue or funding. In fact, it all started just a scant year ago when the White House knocked on the door of the Department of Energy (DOE) and asked how we (as a government body and as an industry entity and as a group of concerned consumers) start to pinpoint what utilities are doing on cybersecurity and what they should be doing, a now-and-the-future scenario. Thus was born the ES-C2M2.

  • Achieving energy goals: a practical process
    Dec 12, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Boulder's city council is delving into every aspect of "going muni" to make a sound decision on the matter, while keeping every avenue open, including future cooperation with currently divorced partner, Xcel Energy. The careful approach could have historic consequences for communities and investor-owned utilities.

  • Financial modeling will be crucial to discern strategy
    Dec 11, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Boulder, Colo. continues to offer ideas on how it could work with its spurned power provider, Xcel Energy, in a scenario short of forming its own municipal utility. Meanwhile, it is moving ahead on concrete steps to articulate alternative strategies and develop a financial model to evaluate them. 

  • Institute focuses on behavior studies to ID gaps
    Dec 10, 2012 | Phil Carson

    A better grasp of who participates (and why) in voluntary pricing, energy feedback or control technology pilots and programs could improve energy efficiency efforts and lead to smarter investments in grid modernization, according to an EPRI report. 

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