Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Diversity of options: a strength or weakness?
    Apr 18, 2011 | Phil Carson

    The country and the energy industry is stuck in either/or thinking. What happened to the notion of diverse options to apply to  diverse challenges? Our columnist uses the example of electric vehicles and those that run on natural gas or hydrogen.

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  • The one thing the president needs to know
    Apr 15, 2011 | Phil Carson

    If you had the president's ear or the ears of his advisors, what would you say that needed to be heard about the nation's grid modernization efforts? eMeter's Chris King had that  opportunity this week. He shares the encounter in this column.

  • Dominion's Webb provides his view on the customer engagement issue
    Apr 14, 2011 | Christopher Perdue

    Utilities are increasingly attempting to better engage their customers to ensure the success of smart meter and smart grid deployments. But how best to do this? Christopher Perdue recently had the opportunity to speak with Mark Webb, director of policy and business evaluation at Dominion Resources, and asked him what advice he would provide other utilities as they attempt to engage their customers with smart grid solutions.

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  • NREL effort seeks to convert wind and sun to hydrogen
    Apr 13, 2011 | Phil Carson

    What is the most efficient and flexible way to integrate renewable energy sources with the grid? One way, being explored at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., is to convert solar photovoltaic and wind turbine electricity into hydrogen, which can be stored and transported for myriad uses. Or it can drive generators that send electricity to the grid. Are we "there" yet? Read this column.

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  • Utility experts discuss demand response from coast to coast
    Kate Rowland, editor-in-chief, Intelligent Utility magazine
    Apr 12, 2011 | Kate Rowland

    Last Thursday's Intelligent Utility Realities webcast "Demand Response 2.0: The Next Generation" offered two views of the demand response issue from opposite sides of the country. Southern California Edison's Mark Martinez and Pepco Holdings' Charles Driggs discussed DR from coast to coast, and we captured the discussion's high points here.

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  • Realigning my view of the nascent EV market
    Apr 11, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Our columnist declares five likely influencers on the electric vehicle market and, in some cases, he's actually able to back them up. Here are five trends you should note in the EV market. Reader comments welcome.

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  • IEEE PES offers help to engineering students
    Apr 08, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Most debates over grid modernization miss the point, because up to half the industry's power engineers will retire within five years. Will anyone keep the lights on, let alone modernize the grid? The IEEE Power and Energy Society is putting money and effort to ensure the nation's economic and security future by offering scholarships to power engineering studients. You can help.

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  • Effort focuses on smart grid as economic development
    Apr 07, 2011 | Christopher Perdue

    Kansas City Power & Light has pursued an innovative approach to grid modernization: make it part of urban revitalization by engaging disadvantaged customers.

    KCP&L, based in Kansas City, Missouri, has targeted a "Green Impact Zone" in a blighted part of the city and is performing aggressive outreach as it installs 14,000 smart meters in homes and businesses, which will also receive new rate options, energy use displays and educational materials.

  • Webcast on Thursday explores DR on both coasts
    Apr 06, 2011 | Phil Carson

    The concept of demand response is morphing to include dynamic pricing and other programs that require interactivity between utility and end-user. Join us for a Thursday webcast featuring two top demand response executives, Charlie Driggs from Pepco Holdings, Inc., and Mark Martinez from Southern California Edison. These speakers will discuss the past, present and future of their utilities' efforts.

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  • Vincent Cerf and the Internet, Tom Scholz and the Rockman: identifying the smart grid's true innovators
    Kate Rowland, editor-in-chief, Intelligent Utility magazine
    Apr 05, 2011 | Kate Rowland

    Who are the smart grid innovators of today and tomorrow? History is fluid, and being rewritten on a constant basis. For input on the history our industry is currently creating, read this column and offer your own opinion.