Insights from our Editorial Team

  • One decade, 400 global projects raises expectations
    May 14, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Join us for a webinar, "Energy Storage in Action," for real-life utility applications and big picture thinking around this complex and controversial subject. And peruse this article for resources and sources on related issues. 

  • Business and technology issues rank high
    May 13, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Five months into 2012,  we pick five top issues for the power industry and provide links to our coverage this year. This is our list. What's on yours?

    Comments: 2
  • CS Week offers up a wealth of consumer-facing thought and practice
    May 10, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    Is mobility the next "killer" app? The customer is definitely front-and-center in today's next-generation utility. From outage communications management and prepay to new analytics capabilities, there are a lot of mobile application options to consider. What's at the top of the list at the moment? A panel of industry experts debates.

  • Readers provide their antidotes to the hype
    May 10, 2012 | Phil Carson

    One recent smart grid project launched with newspaper fanfare about "shrinking bills" and fewer, shorter outages. Are those legitimate sales points? Could over-promising and under-delivering hurt the industry's credibility? Our readers offer perspective.

  • 100,000 `last gasps' can overwhelm, veteran says
    May 09, 2012 | Phil Carson

    A funny thing happened on the way to the promise of shorter, less frequent outages, especially after major storms. Quicker restoration of service is not as simple as the hype would have it. One operations veteran offers a few reasons why.

  • Implementing new systems is bigger task than anticipated
    May 08, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Why are some utilities having difficulty getting accurate outage information out of their new systems and, thus, hampering effective communication with customers on restoration time? We examine both system conversion and scale. 

    Comments: 1
  • Or will low cost, long timeframe make message moot?
    May 07, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Recent news coverage of smart grid work in Illinois delivers the messages that customers will "save money" and experience fewer outages. That's a long-term value proposition, without immediate proof, for $3 a month. Will those messages fly or fall flat? 

    Comments: 5
  • Utility efficiencies from employees on-the-go
    May 06, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Mobility for office and field workers offers significant productivity gains. But how does a CIO prepare for the deluge of devices and applications that require management and support? Two utilities provide lessons learned. 

  • EPRI's Robert Uluski puts the equation together
    May 03, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    Marrying DMS with OMS is just the beginning. EPRI's Robert Uluski's conversation with Intelligent Utility magazine editor-in-chief Kate Rowland looks at future applications, as well.

    Comments: 2
  • Readers describe the shape of things to come
    May 03, 2012 | Phil Carson

    What will the centralized power industry look like in 5, 10, 15 years? Many predict major inroads by alternative energy sources and practices, while others insist that the nature of power's infrastructure guarantees its existence, if not hegemony.