Insights from our Editorial Team

  • 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.

  • Researcher offers 'disciplined speculation' on grid evolution
    Apr 04, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Should the nation proceed with long-distance, high-voltage transmission lines to relieve congestion, join far-flung points of supply and demand and bring more fluidity to energy markets? Or is there a limit to transmission system scale that bumps into reliability, security and cost issues? For one angle on the discussion, read this column.

  • Three cases for visibility, control and efficiency
    Apr 01, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Utilities in British Columbia, Washington and the Carolinas described their business case and technology for distribution system modernization in an Intelligent Utility Reality webcast. If your utility wants to defer major capital expenses, lower fuel costs and increase reliability, visibility and control, read this column.

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  • Naperville and its 'Customer Bill of Rights'
    Mar 31, 2011 | Phil Carson

    How can a modestly sized municipal utility navigate the myriad challenges of grid modernization and customer outreach and privacy with a realistic business case? To find out how one city succeeded, read this column.

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  • Public power group lighting way for members
    Mar 29, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Municipal utilities must resolve the implications of their local open records laws, consumer privacy laws and even state constitutions in order to craft their own approach to customer energy data privacy policies. For insight into the process and the complexities, read this column.

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