Insights from our Editorial Team
Smackdown, or merely a matter of choice?
In the same way that one smart grid does not fit the needs of all utilities, neither can one communications network do the job for all. There has been a lot of buzz around Wi-Fi and WiMAX. Some say it's akin to comparing apples to oranges, and I would have to agree. It all comes down to the business case for each utility, and what type of telecommunications protocol-direct client connections over fiber or wire, or wireless mesh networking (and if wireless, what type) best suits the utility's distinct needs.
Red herrings and conventional wisdom get called out
Readers debate "the real issue" involving smart meters in California as well as the merits of compressed air energy storage. The conversation continues where a handful of recent Intelligent Utility Daily columns left off.
Insights from San Diego, Detroit and Houston
An Intelligent Utility Reality webcast, "Electric Vehicles: A Tale of Three Cities," provided insights into EV adoption, distribution system impacts and charging stations in San Diego, Detroit and Houston. If you missed the webcast, here's a synopsis and a chance to replay the webcast.
New Smart Grid Demands on IT Leading to Industry Changes
The proliferation of advanced metering infrastructures (AMI) being deployed in the utility industry has placed new demands on the information technology (IT) department. As a result, chief information officers (CIOs) are facing unprecedented change. Christopher Perdue discusses this issue with Reid Nuttall, chief information officer at Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company (OG&E).
Fort Collins, Colo.: where bottom up meets top down
A community-based smart grid project launches in Fort Collins, Colo., and involves the city, the municipal utility, Colorado State University, vendor partners and the U.S. Department of Energy. This year the project will generate the data that may jump-start a more ambitious local project to turn the city's downtown and university campus into a "Zero Energy District."
Compressed air is technically solid, but markets rule
Compressed air energy storage, or CAES, is being evaluated for its ability to store off-peak power from wind and return it to the grid to meet peak demand and/or take the sting out of ramping, intermittent renewable energy sources. The question of technical feasibility is trumped by this potential solution's market economics. We talk to Dan Rastler at EPRI about CAES' promise and constraints.
Do consumers really know the difference? Do they care?
In the waning hours of 2010, Intelligent Utility magazine editor-in-chief Kate Rowland was posed with a question by an energy/electricity-savvy neighbor. "What's the difference between energy efficiency and demand response, and why should I care about the differences between the two?" She set out to answer the question, and realized the second part of it was much more important than the first.
Toronto Hydro's Rob Wong discusses the relationship
Toronto Hydro's head of IT, Rob Wong, talks about improving IT culture and his utility's method for aligning IT and OT, or operational technology. The second part of a two-part interview, which began yesterday.
One man's journey from operations to IT at Toronto Hydro
We talk with Rob Wong, vice president for IT at Toronto Hydro about cultural changes in IT and the oft-fractious IT relationship with operations technology, where he has spent the bulk of his career. Wong draws back the curtain on Toronto Hydro's management processes in this two-part interview.
Trends impacting the U.S. energy market
Earlier this month the Energy Information Administration released an abridged version of their Annual Energy Outlook. While we will have to wait until March for the complete version, the early document highlights changes in the reference case projections for key energy topics.