Insights from our Editorial Team
Colorado PUC finally explains rationale
The Colorado Public Utility Commission finally issued its written rationale for capping cost recovery for Xcel Energy's SmartGridCity project. The commission rejected all third-party objections, offered its own logic and imposed requirements on Xcel that our columnist argues should have been imposed from the start. In the end, consumers may still be on the hook for the project's cost overruns.
Readers provide their input on a teachable moment
While our industry can't eliminate power outages, with the proper plans, processes and systems utilities can better inform customers, identify the reason for an outage and resolve the issue more efficiently.
Consumer engagement, outage management and privacy draw commentsFeb 11, 2011 |
Our readers have opinions and the arrows flew last week over columns we wrote on engaging consumers, outage management and privacy issues. Sometimes readers agreed with us, but for the most part, they had their way with the forum and straightened us out. Don't miss this column full of intelligent and occasionally prickly commentary from those who know best.
Part two: a conversation with a smart grid thought leaderFeb 10, 2011 |
In the second part of a two-part interview, eMeter's Chris King discusses privacy initiatives, Zigbee vs. Wi-Fi and the potential for federal energy legislation in the year now unfolding.
Industry thought leader mulls the year past, the year aheadFeb 09, 2011 |
eMeter's Chris King shares his thoughts on significant events of the past year and looks ahead to the year unfolding. He says that utilities have learned from the missteps of those that went first in smart meter deployment and smart grid regulatory cases. He takes a position on Zigbee versus Wi-Fi and says a de facto standard would bring consumer benefits sooner.
Behind-the-scenes discussions yield fruitful harvest
One of the most-asked questions at any industry conference, participant to participant, is "what are you hearing?" DistribuTECH was no different. The answers this time, though, were far more disparate than two years ago, at the same conference, in the same venue, when the answers were clearly "stimulus funding" and "smart meters/AMI."
DistribuTECH 'takeaways' revealed
If DistribuTECH once droned on about meters, then the resulting data management challenge, 2011 might be said to bring the customer to the fore. Our columnist discusses a few insights gleaned from this year's conference.
Hydro One implementation offers proof pointFeb 07, 2011 |
The notion of trust lies at the heart of all human interaction. Would it be wise to ignore the pursuit of consumer trust in the smart grid arena, particularly when it has repeatedly surfaced as a concern?
Slippage in other realms won’t excuse utilitiesFeb 04, 2011 |
Our correspondent gets true religion on the privacy front when the implications of privacy loss hit home. We suggest that the smart grid industry not use privacy slippage in other realms to guide its thinking.
Nation's capitol introduces bill penalizing utilities for long-term outages
Earlier this week the Washington D.C. Ward 4 Councilwoman Muriel Bowser introduced a bill that would require power companies to pay hotel room bills for D.C. residents if their electricity is not restored quickly when it's freezing or blazing hot.
The bill is labeled the "Electric Company Extreme Weather Outage Reimbursement Amendment Act," and would require public utility companies in D.C. to pay a reasonable cost for hotel rooms for customers when their power is out for more than 24 hours and temperatures either dip below 32 degrees or rise above 95 degrees.
As this article is being written, Chicago is expecting two feet of snow, Indianapolis an inch of ice, and the Northeast still more ice and snow. Perhaps our industry is inheriting an opportunity for a teachable moment about outage management and outage management systems.