Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Pilots aimed at localized, circuit peaks for capital deferment
    Mar 18, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Colorado Springs Utilities is a mid-sized, multi-service utility  that is not capacity-constrained. Instead, it is focused on capital deferment of feeder and substation-related upgrades through pilots that smooth peaks on local circuits. The utility will introduce peak time pricing this summer without smart meters. To find out how, read this column.

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  • The customer engagement challenge
    Mar 17, 2011 | Christopher Perdue

    The future of demand response and energy efficiency may be dependent on the quality of the interface we build between the customer, utility and the grid.

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  • Best practices courtesy of two PUC chairmen
    Mar 17, 2011 | Phil Carson

    How can utilities gain regulatory approval for dynamic pricing programs and gain market acceptance for them? The chairmen of Michigan's and New York's public utilities commissions weigh in with their personal views. They say dynamic pricing will unlock the value of smart meters for consumers. Read more here.

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  • Experts convene for California commission's workshop
    Mar 16, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Energy storage, the so-called holy grail of the grid, is being vigorously explored in California, which may have the most to gain. A California Public Utilities Commission workshop last week highlighted current technologies, paths to commercialization and barriers to uptake. For five things you must know about storage, click open this article.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.