Insights from our Editorial Team

  • NREL pursues systems integration
    Jul 18, 2012 | Phil Carson

    The National Renewable Energy Lab is opening a new facility for utilities and other parties to test a laundry list of technologies to understand systems integration issues BEFORE expensive in situ testing and the investment of capital.

  • Concrete actions needed to advance modernization
    Jul 17, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Like a Chinese puzzle in which one part needs to be moved to enable other parts to move, stakeholders in grid modernization each have responsibilities to grasp other stakeholders' concerns and act to bring grid modernization to fruition. 

  • Industry veteran suggests emphasis on utility side
    Jul 16, 2012 | Phil Carson

    The power industry is proceeding to add sensors and controls to the distribution system and the customer premise for efficiency, reliability and resiliency. Why then ask the end customer to "change behavior"? One industry observer challenges the status quo.

    Comments: 18
  • Wireless woes will come home to roost
    Jul 15, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Thousands of times each day, law enforcement agencies at all levels request cell phone information such as the owner's location, movements and the content of their calls and texts. Unless the power industry addresses data privacy issues by employing the legal and technological safeguards at hand, foes of grid modernization will win.

    Comments: 4
  • Consumer adoption still lags behind utility deployment
    The "last mile" of a smarter grid: the consumer
    Jul 12, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    Sending the 22nd issue of Intelligent Utility magazine off to the printer this week provided its editor with a moment for reflection about how far the industry has come in the past three-and-a-half years, and how far it still has to go.

  • Readers, and Glenn Beck, say the darndest things
    Jul 12, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Smart meters may be part of a United Nations plan for one-world government. Who's to say? Smart meters may be part of a plan to coerce innocent Americans to live exactly how the "elite" says they ought to live. Who's to say? Smart meters may play a role in voltage optimization, outage management and other distribution system efficiencies. Who's to say?

    Comments: 1
  • Q&A with Bridge Energy Group's David O'Brien
    Jul 11, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Balancing risk between ratepayer and shareholder. Rewarding performance. Understanding other stakeholders' concerns and addressing them. These are topics mentioned by a former regulator that, he suggests, must be tackled to support grid modernization.

    Comments: 1
  • Q&A with Bridge Energy Group's David O'Brien
    Jul 10, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Everyone talks about regulatory changes to support grid modernization, but in a Q&A session Bridge Energy Group's Director of Regulatory Practices David O'Brien talked about the stakeholders and dynamics involved and made some practical suggestions. 

    Comments: 4
  • Derecho hits just as New York regulators issue concerns
    Jul 09, 2012 | Phil Carson

    As the East recovers, New York regulators fault utilities for inadequate communication with their customers. The rub? That was last fall's storms. Several threads emerge around what went wrong this time. 

    Comments: 2
  • Leading utilities share thinking on their projects
    Jul 08, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Energy storage works, but the bigger question is whether there's a business case for it. Southern California Edison and Duke Energy both are implementing demo projects to test applications and value propositions to determine whether storage has an attractive cost-benefit ration versus alternatives. Here's a glimpse, ahead of our webcast this Wednesday.

    Comments: 2