Insights from our Editorial Team

  • All eyes are on Maine and California
    Kate Rowland, editor-in-chief, Intelligent Utility magazine
    Mar 15, 2011 | Kate Rowland

    As a general rule, misinformation spreads in a viral fashion. Accurate information isn't as sexy, and is a more difficult sell. Such is the case with the misinformation currently being spread about smart meters. With Maine and California PUCs now asking utilities for consumer opt-out options, there are potential precedents being set here, and they're dangerous ones.

    Comments: 4
  • Political stalemates on new generation favor efficiency
    Mar 15, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Japan's top utility must apply rolling blackouts in the wake of an earthquake and resulting tsunami that knocked out both nuclear reactors and fossil fuel plants. Our columnist suggests that grid modernization and a robust portfolio of demand response programs and energy efficiency measures may get a boost from the Japanese situation, though politicians and pundits are arguing over new investment in nuclear power.

    Comments: 2
  • California PUC asks PG&E for 'reasonable cost' options
    Mar 14, 2011 | Phil Carson

    The California Public Utilities Commission has directed PG&E to develop opt-out plans so those in its service territory who say they are harmed by electro-magnetic frequency (EMF) radiation have a "reasonable cost" alternative. That "reasonable cost" would be paid by those who opt out. Why do EMF complaints come only from Marin County? And will the CPUC's order create a precedent that hamstrings grid modernization?

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  • Thought leadership on change and technology integration
    Mar 11, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Becky Blalock, CIO at Southern Company, and Dave Harkness, CIO at Xcel Energy, anchor a panel discussion on IT's changing role in grid modernization. In this final installment, they discuss IT interactions with residential customers, data security and that one piece of smart technology they cannot live without. Don't miss this colloquy between two of the industry's top thought leaders.

  • Smart grid success requires a quality interface
    Mar 10, 2011 | Christopher Perdue

    At last week's EnergyBiz Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. a panel session examined the future of demand response and energy efficiency, and its dependence on the quality of the interface we build between the customer, utility and the grid. The panel discussed how customers, utilities and the grid will interface, what will it mean for the customer and the utility, and how we can make the most future-proof technology decisions over the next five years.

  • Thought leadership on change and technology integration
    Mar 10, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Two leading CIOs discuss smart grid implications for their role, data governance models and moving from pilot projects to the full deployment of new technologies and programs. Dave Harkness, CIO at Xcel Energy, and Becky Blalock, CIO at Southern Company, explore the issues. Whether you work in IT, operations or customer service, you can't afford to miss this discussion.

  • Thought leadership on change and technology integration
    Mar 09, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Two leading CIOs continue their discussion about changes affecting electric utility IT departments and what executive management wants from IT. The answers may surprise you.

  • Testing theory with feet-on-the-ground pilots
    Kate Rowland, editor-in-chief, Intelligent Utility magazine
    Mar 08, 2011 | Kate Rowland

    Over the past two weeks, I've presented both sides of the debate surrounding time-of-use rates. The ensuing discussion has been brisk, with those commenting lining up in a definitive fashion as either for or against. It seemed, after two weeks of somewhat theoretical discussion, to be an opportune time to bring the focus back to the brass tacks of real utility pilots and projects and, particularly, success stories.

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  • Thought leadership on change and technology integration
    Mar 08, 2011 | Phil Carson

    At the EnergyBiz Leadership Forum earlier this month in Washington, D.C.,  a panel of CIOs explored the challenges presented by modernizing grids and adding intelligence to them. These thought leaders share their insights.

  • You'll never know who's in the know
    Mar 07, 2011 | Phil Carson

    The issue of cyber security for the electric grid, apart from general discussions of regulatory mandates and headlines, doesn't yield readily to questions. A few post-Stuxnet thoughts on the subject, from our columnist.