Insights from our Editorial Team
Readers suggest it, and object to it
Will voluntary programs to encourage energy efficiency by changing customer behavior become draconian, mandatory measures that rob us of our freedom? And is the assumption that electricity should be abundant and cheap due for an overhaul? Our readers offer deep thoughts on the potential outcomes in a smart grid era.
Needed: applications, alternatives, regulations, markets
California regulators' struggle to respond to legislation mandating energy storage has led them to adopt a framework for analysis that will address applications, alternatives, cost effectiveness and the regulatory and market frameworks that must include storage if it is found to have useful, cost-effective applications. It ain't easy and it ain't simple.
Will motivator be price, rewards or community?
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.
Scaling up real-time pricing approved by regulators
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?
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
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
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
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
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.
Wireless woes will come home to roost
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.