Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Will motivator be price, rewards or community?
    Jul 24, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Media coverage of energy efficiency efforts focused yesterday on changing consumers' behavior and how to get their attention and cooperation. Does the coverage accurately reflect industry concerns? Do those concerns mean anything to consumers? We take a look. 

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  • Scaling up real-time pricing approved by regulators
    Jul 23, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Illinois regulators have given a green light to ComEd and Ameren Illinois to expand a real-time pricing pilot that has run for five years, as the two utilities extend interval meters to millions of customers. We spoke with the program administrator.

  • Focus on utility side or customer side?
    Jul 22, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Interval meters actually can serve both utility-side efficiencies as well as customer-side value propositions. Now that the cat is out of the bag with widespread deployment of meters, it only makes sense to address both sides. For a number of reasons. 

  • Readers weigh in smart grid goals, and means
    Jul 19, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Should the industry pursue utility-side efficiencies or customer engagement to achieve its goals of resource adequacy and reliability? Our readers suggest the choice is a false dichotomy, as they weigh in on both sides. 

  • NREL pursues systems integration
    Jul 18, 2012 | Phil Carson

    The National Renewable Energy Lab is opening a new facility for utilities and other parties to test a laundry list of technologies to understand systems integration issues BEFORE expensive in situ testing and the investment of capital.

  • Concrete actions needed to advance modernization
    Jul 17, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Like a Chinese puzzle in which one part needs to be moved to enable other parts to move, stakeholders in grid modernization each have responsibilities to grasp other stakeholders' concerns and act to bring grid modernization to fruition. 

  • Industry veteran suggests emphasis on utility side
    Jul 16, 2012 | Phil Carson

    The power industry is proceeding to add sensors and controls to the distribution system and the customer premise for efficiency, reliability and resiliency. Why then ask the end customer to "change behavior"? One industry observer challenges the status quo.

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  • Wireless woes will come home to roost
    Jul 15, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Thousands of times each day, law enforcement agencies at all levels request cell phone information such as the owner's location, movements and the content of their calls and texts. Unless the power industry addresses data privacy issues by employing the legal and technological safeguards at hand, foes of grid modernization will win.

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  • Consumer adoption still lags behind utility deployment
    The "last mile" of a smarter grid: the consumer
    Jul 12, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    Sending the 22nd issue of Intelligent Utility magazine off to the printer this week provided its editor with a moment for reflection about how far the industry has come in the past three-and-a-half years, and how far it still has to go.

  • Readers, and Glenn Beck, say the darndest things
    Jul 12, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Smart meters may be part of a United Nations plan for one-world government. Who's to say? Smart meters may be part of a plan to coerce innocent Americans to live exactly how the "elite" says they ought to live. Who's to say? Smart meters may play a role in voltage optimization, outage management and other distribution system efficiencies. Who's to say?

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