Insights from our Editorial Team
But vote margin is paper thin, clouding future
Boulder voters approved a municipal utility by the thinnest of margins earlier this week. The city wants a smart grid with high renewable penetration. Be careful what you wish for.
EPRI experts weigh in on the issues
Integrating wind resources can be costly when it involves transmission and storage, but several related challenges can be met through research, according to experts at the Electric Power Research Institute.
From regulatory uncertainty to standards, an interesting year lies ahead
Industry consultants, analysts, researchers and stalwarts raise the issues of 2012, the ones staring utilities square in the eyes. What's No. 1? Effective communication with consumers? Guess again.
Some suggest targeted, affordable work with quick ROI
Will smart meter rollouts materialize as forecast? Will dynamic pricing follow? Or will utilities turn to distribution upgrades with more focused benefits and quicker payback? Our columnist tackles the questions.
Utility tests for `interop' on its systems, active in national standards
Consumers Energy just announced its vendor selection for advanced metering infrastructure, a move made possible because the utility laid the foundation by years of interoperability testing.
Illinois legislature overrides governor's veto
Illinois legislators this week narrowly overrode Gov. Quinn's veto of a law giving Commonwealth Edison the go-ahead for a decade-long, $2.6 billion overhaul of its electric grid. The story was one of the most high-profile smart grid events of the year.
Slow adoption rates: blessing in disguise?
If the adoption of electric vehciles is slower than anticipated, as some utilities report, what are the implications for utility preparation? We're asking readers to fill us in.
Municipalization on next week's ballot
Boulder, Colo. wants to control its energy future and puts municipalization to a vote next week. Provider Xcel Energy has fought the proposal. If the proposal passes, a legal battle royale ensues, along with political, financial and technological challenges.
It's about solutions and forging new relationships
In a little less than two weeks, senior utility leaders in customer service, operations and information technology will convene in Amelia Island, Florida. What will they be discussing? More to the point, why is this meeting so important?
Transparency versus tactical messaging
Utilities need to decide whether they will provide transparency on the drivers for utility change in their outreach to customers or merely tactical messaging around the minimum consumers need to know. New findings on customer segmentation appear to confirm conventional wisdom.