Insights from our Editorial Team
Lessons from the trenches
Tied up in the entire data analytics discussion is that of consumer education. It's imperative that electric utilities make abundantly clear their privacy policies regarding customer data, and that they clearly, factually dispute allegations that claim otherwise.
Readers weigh in on why frustration continues
It seems many would like to move beyond talking about smart meters and the customer. But since the conversation moved from "ratepayers" to "customers," we've got a tiger by the tail.
American grid expert weighs in
Erich Gunther, recognized grid authority, received some data on frequency variations on India's grid that is implicated in the historic blackout this week. He shares thoughts on immediate steps the developing nation can take to address a load-generation imbalance.
Decentralization could be beneficiary
A blackout in India cuts power to 700 million people. When the causes are found, will the answer be decentralization, privatization and automation? And who will profit? Our correspondent cites reports on the event and muses on outcomes.
Southern California Edison lauds recent, proposed decision
Comments from Southern California Edison and the Clean Energy Storage Alliance on California regulators' "proposed decision" on how to evaluate storage's applications on the grid, how to value them and how to improve the regulatory framework were both positive.
Even well-regarded IOUs have work to do
A customer of Oklahoma Gas & Electric complains that he knows how to save energy, he doesn't need a smart meter to do it. And he fears that opt-in dynamic pricing programs such as OG&E's SmartHours program will become mandatory. We've lauded OG&E for its work. Our editor answers these complaints while allowing the customer his legitimate concerns.
Is time-of-use pricing making a difference?
We take a trip back to Ontario, where time-of-use pricing has been in full swing for some time now, to see what has changed. Is it working? How do we know?
Readers suggest it, and object to it
Will voluntary programs to encourage energy efficiency by changing customer behavior become draconian, mandatory measures that rob us of our freedom? And is the assumption that electricity should be abundant and cheap due for an overhaul? Our readers offer deep thoughts on the potential outcomes in a smart grid era.
Needed: applications, alternatives, regulations, markets
California regulators' struggle to respond to legislation mandating energy storage has led them to adopt a framework for analysis that will address applications, alternatives, cost effectiveness and the regulatory and market frameworks that must include storage if it is found to have useful, cost-effective applications. It ain't easy and it ain't simple.
Will motivator be price, rewards or community?
Media coverage of energy efficiency efforts focused yesterday on changing consumers' behavior and how to get their attention and cooperation. Does the coverage accurately reflect industry concerns? Do those concerns mean anything to consumers? We take a look.