Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Utility, third party file for rehearing
    Dec 12, 2011 | Phil Carson

    States are formulating data privacy policies to catch up with smart meter deployments. The back-and-forth in Colorado, with regulators proposing a rule and utilities and others arguing their cases, has been instructive. But wll privacy policies enacted after-the-fact require technology retrofits?

    Comments: 4
  • Shift will require buy-in from regulators, consumers
    Dec 11, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Our columnist's call for "dynamic pricing now!" was answered by savvy readers, many of whom are involved in the issues surrounding the implementation of such a policy. The drivers are in place. Is the demand there? Our community of readers weighs in.

    Comments: 12
  • The company acquires eMeter this week, and it's not stopping there
    Siemens acquires eMeter
    Dec 08, 2011 | Kate Rowland

    News of the week: Siemens acquires venture capital-funded eMeter. What does this mean for both companies? More than the immediate sum of the two, according to both. With 17 mutual customers in three different countries already to their combined credit, the four-year partnership will ramp up further in 2012.

  • City demonstrates safety, security and accuracy
    Dec 08, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Naperville, Ill. is a model of transparency in how it has presented its latest grid modernization work involving AMI to its citizen-customers. Yet a handful continue to call not only for a halt but for dismantling digital intelligence on the city's grid. This municipal utility's admirable approach is worthy of emulation.  

    Comments: 1
  • City demonstrates safety, security and accuracy
    Dec 07, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Naperville, Ill. has anticipated every citizen concern and provided tangible demonstrations of safety, reliability and accuracy in its metering program, with options for those who remain unconvinced. The city is a model of transparency and, for some, that's not enough. Read this column for lessons learned.

    Comments: 8
  • One early use case in smart grid era: revenue protection
    Dec 06, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Data analytics currently is driven by old-fashioned factors such as grid optimization and customer service. But the sector is slated for "robust" growth as new digital technologies produce new data streams that promise to yield business intelligence.

    Comments: 2
  • AMI investment doesn't add up without it
    Dec 05, 2011 | Phil Carson

    A panel from MIT studied the power industry and, among other recommendations, said that dynamic pricing programs should evolve incrementally as innovative utilities show how it can be done while "constructively engaging customers." Otherwise, why deploy "smart" meters?

    Comments: 9
  • Utilities seek business value from data streams
    Dec 04, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Utilities have an opportunity for data analytics on a scale not known in the industry's history, based on new data streams and the means to analyze them for business value. Tomorrow, a webcast will explore a new report on the topic and talk with a practitioner in the field.

  • California Public Utilities Commission to decide in coming year
    Dec 01, 2011 | Kate Rowland

    Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) hit the ground running in mid- and late November with a series of announcements about its next smart grid projects, in line with its Smart Grid Deployment Plan filed with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) earlier this year. One of the most intriguing is its Smart Grid Pilot Deployment Project application to the CPUC in late November. Here's a look inside the application.

  • Smoothing the way, from the grid to consumers
    Dec 01, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Interoperability permeates the utility, from systems talking to each other outward to the customer, where home area networks and electric vehicles depend on it. Three utility executiives talk about their work in-house and with national standards organizations to reduce the risk of investments and reward innovation.