Insights from our Editorial Team
Best practices to increase return-on-investment
Your utility is planning to automate and mobilize field workforce management, but the challenge is costly and time-consuming with impacts across your entire organization. Tap into insights into return on investment and best practices with three utilities that have succeeded. An Intelligent Utility Reality Webcast is available for replay and it delivers detailed explanations that can help you succeed as well.
Weighing the impact
Many opportunities exist for utilities and their customers as a result of smart grid investments. But there is a delicate balance between the level of investment to make and the ultimate impact it will have on improving utility operations and customer service.
Christopher Perdue discusses this delicate balance with Guy Ausmus, senior vice president of business planning and strategy at Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO).
Smart meters, workforce attrition and peak oil
Intelligent Utility Daily readers tell us what's important to them when they visit in droves and some post comments that provide specifics for their interest. In the past two weeks, opting out on smart meters, attrition in the utility workforce and electric vehicles produced the most insights. Get in touch with your peers in the industry by reading this column.
Utilities: start with the basics and then talk technology
A recent meeting in my community provided me with an "ah-ha!" moment about utilities' consumer education efforts, and the missing link for consumers. Utilities, it's time to get back to the basics.
Diversity of options: a strength or weakness?
The country and the energy industry is stuck in either/or thinking. What happened to the notion of diverse options to apply to diverse challenges? Our columnist uses the example of electric vehicles and those that run on natural gas or hydrogen.
The one thing the president needs to know
If you had the president's ear or the ears of his advisors, what would you say that needed to be heard about the nation's grid modernization efforts? eMeter's Chris King had that opportunity this week. He shares the encounter in this column.
Dominion's Webb provides his view on the customer engagement issue
Utilities are increasingly attempting to better engage their customers to ensure the success of smart meter and smart grid deployments. But how best to do this? Christopher Perdue recently had the opportunity to speak with Mark Webb, director of policy and business evaluation at Dominion Resources, and asked him what advice he would provide other utilities as they attempt to engage their customers with smart grid solutions.
NREL effort seeks to convert wind and sun to hydrogen
What is the most efficient and flexible way to integrate renewable energy sources with the grid? One way, being explored at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., is to convert solar photovoltaic and wind turbine electricity into hydrogen, which can be stored and transported for myriad uses. Or it can drive generators that send electricity to the grid. Are we "there" yet? Read this column.
Utility experts discuss demand response from coast to coast
Last Thursday's Intelligent Utility Realities webcast "Demand Response 2.0: The Next Generation" offered two views of the demand response issue from opposite sides of the country. Southern California Edison's Mark Martinez and Pepco Holdings' Charles Driggs discussed DR from coast to coast, and we captured the discussion's high points here.
Realigning my view of the nascent EV market
Our columnist declares five likely influencers on the electric vehicle market and, in some cases, he's actually able to back them up. Here are five trends you should note in the EV market. Reader comments welcome.