Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Readers positive, with conditions
    Jan 13, 2013 | Phil Carson

    Readers provide a swath of ideas on how public/private investments in infrastructure renewal should and shouldn't work and whether it enables U.S. competitiveness in a global competition marked by aggressive government roles by our rivals. 

  • Jan 10, 2013 | Kathleen W. Davis


    A panel of experts, including Chris Irwin with the U.S. Department of Energy, Gordon Matthews with the Bonneville Power Administration, Bob Saint with the National Rural Electric Cooperative (NRECA), Robert Burke with ISO New England and Robert Frazier with CenterPoint Energy discussed a vision for the American power grid of the future last month. The conclusion: We need more technology with more data and ways to make that data speak.



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  • We can't escape the connections, but we can act
    Jan 09, 2013 | Phil Carson

    The power sector needs leaders to articulate the critical nature of infrastructure investment, stripped of the "smart grid" hype. Turn off the TV if you want to understand that our economic future and lifestyle is at risk if we don't ante up.

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  • Annual e-fest now regular stop for power industry
    Jan 08, 2013 | Phil Carson

    What makes consumers sit up and take notice, besides wall-sized flat screen TVs? Keep an eye on the Consumer Electronic Show this week in Las Vegas for a birds-eye view of the idolatry of gadgetry. The power industry may need to leverage it.

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  • Public-private partnerships: rat hole for investment?
    Jan 07, 2013 | Phil Carson

    The argument that public-private partnerships helps innovation, the economy and our global competitiveness is poppycock. Not a dime of taxpayer money should ever be used to encourage, coordinate or facilitate research into market-ready technologies, argues our columnist.  

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  • The fundamental selling point is overlooked
    Jan 06, 2013 | Phil Carson

    Grid modernization, as with upgrades to water and transportation infrastructure, is the linchpin of our quality of life and our economy. If we want growth, we need to invest in the basics. Or cede our world leadership and kiss our quality of life goodbye. 

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  • Jan 06, 2013 | Kathleen W. Davis


    As 2013 unspools in the first few weeks of January, we stop looking back at the year that was and start looking forward to the year that will be. But, what if the year that was can give insights into the year that will be? Usually industry hot spots and areas of concern don’t stop existing at the stroke of midnight as the year shifts. So, keeping that in mind, here are concepts from 2012 that will grow into their own (or beyond) as this new 2013 progresses.

  • Jan 03, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Distributed energy—energy located with the end user and not stretched across a transmission network of wires and substations—will continue to follow the trend set by an intelligent grid: As the grid expands its smarts, distributed energy expands it’s reach. Is your infrastructure prepared?

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  • IEEE PES backs effort at community dialogue
    Jan 02, 2013 | Phil Carson

    Ever talk to a customer, face-to-face? It can be cheaper, easier and more instructive than any focus group or analytics-based computation. But you've got to have a bona fide process to acquire allies.

  • UTC webinar refreshes the conversation
    Jan 01, 2013 | Phil Carson

    Smart appliances come with questions on how the market will develop. How will manufacturers, utiltiies and end-use customers be incentivized to participate? Questions dominated a recent webinar on the subject. 

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