Insights from our Editorial Team

  • California rules soon on communities' rights
    Sep 30, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Several utilities with opt-out provisions for smart metering have reported very low numbers of customers are seizing the opportunity, perhaps due to the added cost they bear. Meanwhile, state regulators continue to examine issues of cyber security and data privacy related to digital metering. 

    Comments: 6
  • Readers call for third-party access to customer data
    Sep 27, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Our readers weigh in on the Green Button, complaining that regulators have yet to allow third-party access to customer energy data to create compelling value. The concept is sound and we're open to hearing the practical details on how that will be achieved while protecting data privacy. 

  • Denver conference tackles IT, customers and regulation
    Sep 26, 2012 | Bart Thielbar

    A shifting business and technology landscape has left utilities under-invested in information technology and the systems that ride on it, according to consultancy Five Point. Industry leaders gather in Denver in October to examine the road ahead.

  • Sep 25, 2012 | John R. Johnson

    While some utilities fret over the reams of data that is now available to them from smart grid technologies like smart meters, advanced meter infrastructure and distributed automation, others are taking full advantage of the new opportunities presented by the data.

  • If used, apps open door to engagement and benefits
    Sep 25, 2012 | Phil Carson

    In the past year that the so-called "Green Button" open standard for energy use data has been available, various parties have developed consumer-oriented apps that make it easy and fun to engage and manage home and business energy use. That's got to be a good thing.

    Comments: 4
  • Dominion Virginia Power on the basics
    Sep 23, 2012 | Phil Carson

    At last week's Utility Analytics Week, one session featured Dominion Virginia Power's Brandon Stites, director of energy conservation and advanced metering solutions. He explained the basic approach the utility is taking to using meter data to improve system efficiencies and, therefore, please customers.

    Comments: 1
  • How will the distribution system be addressed?
    Sep 20, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Whither cyber security for the distribution system? Is it in fact the most vulnerable part of the grid? And would voluntary measures be enough or should mandated approaches be enforced, top-down? We offer a slew of questions and seek the answers.

  • How one IOU is testing analytics and the business case
    Sep 19, 2012 | Phil Carson

    A project leader for Baltimore Gas and Electric described how BGE has approached testing the value proposition for data analytics, from an early determination to make it part of the utility's advanced metering project to a pilot that will deliver answers this year. 

  • Texas event looks at customers, operations, business intelligence
    Sep 18, 2012 | Phil Carson

    An industry confab focused on data analytics, sponsored by Energy Central, opens today in Arlington, Texas. The event features the concepts, case studies and best practices in an unfolding topic area that promises to pay dividends if it's done right. 

  • Group's survey could impact policy debates
    Sep 17, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Low-income customers figure in many power industry discussions over policy, technology and smart grid-era programs such as dynamic pricing. But what does this demographic think and feel about utility issues? The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative has done a survey to find out the facts.