Insights from our Editorial Team

  • National security depends on EE & RE, not drilling
    Feb 28, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Navy admiral discusses the connection between energy independence and national security, and the role of energy efficiency and renewable energy in achieving independence and security. This no-nonsense approach is saving lives in the field.

    Comments: 8
  • Report: variables involved in motivating consumers
    Feb 27, 2012 | Phil Carson

    A new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy draws some conclusions from recent pilots about presenting consumers with energy use feedback information. Hint: such feedback doesn't motivate everyone, nor would it be cost effective to enable everyone with such capabilities.

    Comments: 5
  • Oncor, JEA and PPL describe their MDMS implementations
    Feb 26, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Meter data management systems can provide operational, customer and business benefits, but implementation can be an arduous process. Benefit from the lessons learned by your peer utilities by joining us for a webinar this Thursday.

  • Cost-effective, quantifiable results with residential customers
    Feb 26, 2012 | Jamie Wimberly

    As utilities reach for mandated targets for energy efficiency and demand response, they should consider behavioral approaches to their customers and their energy use.

    Comments: 6
  • More insights from UAI Summit 2012
    Feb 23, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    "Tomorrow's utility executives will be analytics-driven," Mike Smith, vice president of Energy Central's Utility Analytics Institute, told attendees at last week's Utility Analytics Institute Summit 2012. But many of today's utility executives are already heading quickly in that direction, as evidenced by two utility panels. Here is what they told us.

  • Regulators find RE cheaper, positive for economy
    Feb 23, 2012 | Phil Carson

    The Michigan Public Service Commission reports that wind energy is cheaper than new coal-fired generation facilities, a conclusion that will reignite the debate over the direction of and investment in new generation.

    Comments: 1
  • Commission ties renewables to jobs, growth
    Feb 22, 2012 | Phil Carson

    The Michigan Public Service Commission said yesterday that the pursuit of clean energy was a job-creator for a state hard hit by recession. There's more: renewable energy is cheaper than coal, according to Michigan's regulators. Will that issue come up in the  state's presidential primary, being contested this week?

    Comments: 5
  • Role in EVs certain, less so for grid storage
    Feb 21, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Lithium-ion batteries drive electric vehicles, an application that provides a clear view of the market ahead. The role of Li-ion batteries in grid storage is far less clear because the technology's value stream goes up against other storage technologies. For nuances around these two markets, read this column.

    Comments: 2
  • Decade-long effort remains underway, despite roadblocks
    Feb 20, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Boulder, Colo. has hired two separate legal firms to deal with condemnation proceedings against Xcel Energy and to deal with FERC, which would referee the value of Xcel's assets that Boulder may seek to obtain. Meanwhile, municipalization efforts in Massachusetts continue to encounter roadblocks, and massive lobbying by the region's IOUs.

    Comments: 3
  • Network management tools from telecom can serve utilities
    Feb 20, 2012 | Christine Hertzog

    The power industry needs to pay more attention to new data communications demands that utilities will place on public and private networks, rather than rely on "miracles."

    Comments: 4