Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Utility's smart meter learnings inspire new approach
    Sep 04, 2012 | Phil Carson

    PG&E is applying hard-won lessons in customer engagement to ensure that small- and medium-sized business customers are prepared for state-mandated dynamic pricing progams taking effect this November. The utility used interval meter data to identify which customers would be adversely affected and ensured they had full information on the program and guidance on how to mitigate impacts. 

  • Metering informs customers, operations, capital planning
    Sep 03, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Data analytics are improving the meter-to-cash cycle, reliability and storm preparedness at United Illuminating in Orange, Conn. A conversation with UI's managers reveals how and why.  

  • What we should be talking about, now
    Aug 30, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Utilities are admirably going about the business of modernizing the grid, reaching out to customers and adapt their businesses to shifting paradigms. But five issues may present radical challenges and rarely get discussed. Buckle up. 

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  • Developing the most efficient smart grid |
    Aug 30, 2012 | Kathleen W. Davis

    Whether discussing the old coined phrase “smart grid” or the newly minted hot topic “IT/OT integration,” the meaning is still the same: The nuances of the power grid need to be a bit brainier. Thought leadership sponsored by Intel.

  • Real-world applications and best practices
    Aug 29, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Utilities are beginning to use data analytics in new ways to support business goals and customer service. Our data expert shares insights into best practices from a new report on North American utilities. And two utilities describe the shortest path from the starting line to value. 

  • IEEE, others, back principles for standards development
    Aug 28, 2012 | Phil Carson

    There's a formal process for ratifying international standards, and then there are market-driven, de facto standards, which can be just as influential - if proper principles are followed. That's an argument being made by groups such as the IEEE, the Internet Architecture Board, the Internet Engineering Task Force and others.

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  • Vendors must grasp clients' specific needs
    Aug 27, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Big Data is The Next Big Thing, but only if vendors understand the needs of various vertical industries such as power, and articulate a clear path to value. Meanwhile, Big Data is driving significant new investment in the state of Massachusetts.

  • Law allows free opt-out, requires health, privacy reviews
    Aug 24, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Advocates of grid modernization have to repeat the reasoning for progress, in the face of misinformation. In Vermont, the state legislature has allowed free opt-outs from smart metering and mandated reviews of privacy and health concerns. We discuss the principle and the practical. 

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  • DistTrack malware presents a new wrinkle
    Aug 23, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    A new and vicious malware, dubbed DistTrack, seemingly aimed at the energy sector, started raising red flags late last week. Here's what the National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization's (NESCOs) Tactical Analysis Team has to say about it.

  • How do you spell `options' or `toolkit'?
    Aug 23, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Readers say the darndest things. Welcome to the discussion of air conditioning improvements and practices and impacts to the grid. Hint: some say yay, some say nay.