Insights from our Editorial Team

  • 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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  • Q&A with Bridge Energy Group's David O'Brien
    Jul 11, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Balancing risk between ratepayer and shareholder. Rewarding performance. Understanding other stakeholders' concerns and addressing them. These are topics mentioned by a former regulator that, he suggests, must be tackled to support grid modernization.

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  • Q&A with Bridge Energy Group's David O'Brien
    Jul 10, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Everyone talks about regulatory changes to support grid modernization, but in a Q&A session Bridge Energy Group's Director of Regulatory Practices David O'Brien talked about the stakeholders and dynamics involved and made some practical suggestions. 

    Comments: 4
  • Derecho hits just as New York regulators issue concerns
    Jul 09, 2012 | Phil Carson

    As the East recovers, New York regulators fault utilities for inadequate communication with their customers. The rub? That was last fall's storms. Several threads emerge around what went wrong this time. 

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  • Leading utilities share thinking on their projects
    Jul 08, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Energy storage works, but the bigger question is whether there's a business case for it. Southern California Edison and Duke Energy both are implementing demo projects to test applications and value propositions to determine whether storage has an attractive cost-benefit ration versus alternatives. Here's a glimpse, ahead of our webcast this Wednesday.

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  • E-Energy pilot projects a research priority
    E-Energy in Germany
    Jul 05, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    In the course of basic energy reform, Germany is vastly changing the structure of its supply system in the coming decades. A recent report details the interim results of Germany's E-Energy pilot projects, moving toward what it is referring to as the Internet of Energy. We review the highlights.

  • Readers weigh in on PJM's efforts
    Jul 05, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Readers weigh in on the nuances of dynamic pricing, how it works in practice and hurdles to widespread adoption. And a doomsayer claims the utilities are just out to force lifestyle changes. Which is it? Judge for yourself.

    Comments: 1
  • Fear and reason compete for the customer
    Jul 04, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Independence Day might commemorate independent thinking, as well as the birth of a nation. But what to do about demagogues who continue to scream that smart meters are a tool of global hegemony by the United Nations?

    Comments: 4
  • Mother Nature strikes again, with massive thunderstorms
    Jul 02, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Mother Nature can overwhelm the best laid plans. And intelligent risk management requires a balance between costs and benefits. But what do the extended outages in the East say about utility promises on investments made by them and paid for by customers? Grid modernization could hang in the balance.

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  • In Colorado, our colleagues are scrambling
    Jul 01, 2012 | Phil Carson

    The challenge to utilities in Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Denver and other fire-plagued communities would be enough, but wildfires have come in the midst of record-breaking heat. Our utilities are handling the challenge, which includes putting their people on the front lines.

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