Insights from our Editorial Team

  • ComEd and Oncor to discuss their new customer mobile apps in webinar
    We have an app for that!
    Jun 07, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    Join us next week for a webinar on utility mobile customer apps for insights into two apps launched this year by two very different utilities. In the meantime, for a sneak peek at what we'll be talking about, read on.

  • Who pays for opt-out; do kids know anything?
    Jun 07, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Should those who opt-out of interval meters pay the added costs? Should the power industry actually encourage young people who might want to get involved in solving its challenges? In both cases, posts to our forum said "no." For a look at the logic, read this column.

  • Public discussion focuses on security vulnerabilities
    Jun 06, 2012 | Phil Carson

    The cyber threat to industrial control systems has made the front pages of the nation's leading newspapers in the past week. The upshot? The U.S. is best poised to use cyber warfare offensively. But it also remains vulnerable to such attacks. 

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  • Developer says community impact is important
    Jun 05, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Conventional wisdom has it that saving money is customers' sole focus. But some demographics believe that if personal, incremental savings also have larger environmental benefiits for society, then action is warranted. An application developer explains.

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  • SCADA, communications network: backbone for smarts
    Jun 04, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Building on legacy systems and adding known technologies for reliability and efficiency is working for Orange & Rockland Utilities, which is using a "model-centric approach" to distribution management. The utility seeks auto-restoration and "coordinated control." Want to learn more? Read this column. 

  • `Model-centric system' at heart of approach
    Jun 03, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Orange & Rockland Utilities is adding intelligence and control to its distribution system with a "model-centric" approach that should help it minimize faults and hasten service restoration on blue-sky days and after storms. We spoke with O&R's smart grid manager.

  • The hows and whys of securing AMI
    securing AMI
    May 31, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    I listened in on a deep-in-the-trenches discussion yesterday about the benefits of a multi-layered security architecture when it comes to deploying AMI. Read on, and you can, too.

  • Industry figure says don't socialize opt-out costs
    May 31, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Proponents of opt-out policies for smart metering are demanding that their fellow customers cover the bill. In some cases, that means small, affluent communities would have their  less affluent neighbors covering the tab. That's wrong. 

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  • An interview on the thinking behind HEMS
    May 30, 2012 | Phil Carson

    IEEE is pursuing global standards that will enable affordable, automated home energy management, the key to sustainable demand management programs, participants say. Here's the second part of a two-part interview with Oleg Logvinov, a member of the IEEE-Standards Association's board. 

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  • An update on progress, behind the scenes
    May 29, 2012 | Phil Carson

    As the functionality of semiconductors rises and costs fall, intelligence will be embedded in most home devices for a variety of purposes, including energy management. Smart products will enter the market, as will technologies for coordination and control. Standards will make this possible, according to Oleg Logvinov, who is involved in the standards-setting process.

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