Insights from our Editorial Team

  • The next 90 days: we covered that last year
    Dec 29, 2011 | Phil Carson

    In February 2011, our columnist wrote on a handful of issues that have returned to the headlines as the new year approaches, establishing that there's no guide to the future like the recent past.

  • Looking back anticipates the year ahead
    Dec 28, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Back to the future. Our columnist looks at January 2011 to foretell the issues of January 2012.

  • Xcel reaps bitter harvest from SmartGridCity
    Dec 27, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Colorado ratepayers reacted negatively to news that Xcel Energy seeks another $16.6 million for SmartGridCity. Generally, they don't expect the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to represent their interests. IOUs beware!

    Comments: 9
  • Ghosts of the past are the future
    Dec 26, 2011 | Phil Carson

    If last year foretells next year, customer issues of one kind or another will remain a crucial challenge, one that makes technical challenges look like small potatoes.

    Comments: 1
  • Addressing the needs of low-income customers is complicated
    Dec 22, 2011 | Kate Rowland

    Addressing the needs of low-income customers has become even more urgent in current economic conditions, particularly in winter. What are the appropriate ways in which to assist this segment of utility customers? What's working?

    Comments: 1
  • Data privacy, affordable electricity and our readers
    Dec 22, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Consumers "own" their energy data, sure. But policy-making includes some gray areas. As for a city exploring its own energy future, little is black-and-white.

  • Research on utility analytics reveals likely trends
    Dec 21, 2011 | H. Christine Richards

    The Utility Analytics Institute's H. Christine Richards parts the curtains on trends in the 2012 analytics marketplace. She discusses analytics spending, M&A and the brain drain.

    Comments: 2
  • CTO for Big Blue's utility sector cites trends
    Dec 21, 2011 | Phil Carson

    IBM's Jeff Katz, CTO for the company's energy and utilities sector, chats informally with Intelligent Utility on trends, systems and "emergent behavior" and cyber security.

  • IT likely to play ever-larger role in running grid
    Dec 20, 2011 | Phil Carson

    In an interview with Intelligent Utility's sister publication, EnergyBiz, author Daniel Yergin says that crises make people pay attention to energy issues. Is that an insight the power industry can use?

    Comments: 3
  • IT likely to play ever-larger role in running grid
    Dec 19, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Daniel Yergin, energy expert and author of The Prize and The Quest, spoke with EnergyBiz  last week and he discussed smarter grids and their place in the energy sector.

    Comments: 7