Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Simplicity rules in "let's be smart" energy efficiency campaign
    Saving energy can be fun...and funny
    Mar 29, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    While on vacation this week with my daughters in Victoria, British Columbia, BC Hydro's bus shelter advertisement caught my eye. It was plain in appearance, a few words at the top of a green page. It said: "Cartoons run on electricity, and children's laughter is priceless. Just sayin'."  Simple? Absolutely. And extremely effective, too. What else is BC Hydro doing to educate consumers while making them smile? Read on.

  • Essayists, readers, on whether it's a panacea
    Mar 29, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Does energy effiicency have larger benefits than the actual practitioner derives? Does greater efficiency merely lead to greater exploitation of the energy resource? Is it chimera or solution? Read on.

  • CenterPoint, Oncor use a contest to engage and educate customers
    Mar 28, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Utilities will engage customers one way or the other. Oncor and CenterPoint have used Americans' enthusiasm for games to engage and educate their customers, who then set about sharing the advantages of meter data amongst themselves. For a how-to, read on.

    Comments: 3
  • PSEG, Southern Co. and Oncor discuss data strategies
    Mar 27, 2012 | Phil Carson

    At last week's EnergyBiz Leadership Forum, a panels of CIOs discussed how they manage new technologies to extract value and serve internal and external stakeholders. Strategies revealed!

  • DP&L, without stimulus grant, has held back on smart meters
    Mar 26, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Dayton Power & Light had a grid modernization plan worked out with Ohio regulators, but missed out on a stimulus grant. So DP&L decided to hold back on its plans until the financial numbers worked for stakeholders. A local paper dinged them for not deploying smart meters.

    Comments: 1
  • Essayists debate whether it helps decrease pollution
    Mar 25, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Are energy efficiency measures, for light bulbs, for cars, for applicances, barking up the wrong tree? There's evidence that efficiencies simply lead people to use more than they once did, erasing any benefits. There's also evidence that the slippage that does occur does not amount to the energy saved. Five ways to look at the subject.

    Comments: 19
  • Retention of institutional knowledge on some minds
    Mar 22, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Can a utility go from being a safe, bureaucratic place to work to an exciting work environment that will attract the best and brightest minds to innovate and engage customers? Our readers have their doubts.

  • Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and more: creating a community
    Social media: a bright idea for electric utilities
    Mar 21, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    While the most obvious use case for social media in the utility industry is during power outages or other events that affect customer service, many electric utilities are finding other positive uses for social media, too. Twitter, Facebook and even LinkedIn are finding their way into savvy utilities' communication toolboxes, and being used to positive effect in building new and better customer relationships.

  • Businesses, at least some, are implementing
    Mar 21, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Sustainability is a notion that is increasingly embraced by corporations of all stripes, because it's about cost efficiencies, wise use of resources, empowering employees and taking responsibility. Many of the same discussions take place in the power industry. 

    Comments: 3
  • New report cites factors due to technology, economics
    Mar 20, 2012 | Phil Carson

    The issue on the table is how to integrate variable resources with the power grid in the most efficient and reliable manner. What are the challenges, both technically and in terms of policy?

    Comments: 8