Insights from our Editorial Team
Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative holds symposium in San Diego
On the smart gird road, some electric utilities have hit some serious consumer roadblocks. The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative symposium in San Diego yesterday discussed roadblocks, thought processes and success stories, and will be sharing more best practices in the year to come.
If you ask it a question, you'll get an answer
We interviewed the author of a new report on consumer behavior, who finds that this elusive beast has some well-defined characterstics, though mysteries remain for future research. Utilities take note: handling this beast could make or break you.
Report seeks baseline on what's known, what's not
A new report from the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative synthesizes scores of studies on consumer attitudes and behaviors around smart grid ideas and programs, producing insights, contradictions and areas needing further research. The report, released today, should give utilities a baseline for understanding their own consumers, including motivational factors and regional differences that could help utilities craft smart grid messages and rate options.
Sierra Energy Group offers new insights on MDM market
Sierra Energy Group (SEG), the research and analysis division of Energy Central, just released a new report entitled The Meter Data Management Market Intelligence Study. The report examines the market for meter data management solutions. SEG developed this report to provide essential market intelligence and an in-depth understanding of the utility industry's use of meter data management (MDM) solutions. It is based on surveys of over 140 utility professionals.
Nearly half express no interest over uncertainties
A new survey finds intense interest in prepaying electric bills by a small segment of consumers, while half have no interest. Voluntary programs have gained in popularity and utilities like the effect on cash flow and collections.
President: don't cut wise investments in our future
President Obama called for careful budget cutting to avoid laying waste to investments in national priorities such as clean energy research. The Republican Study Committee is recommending the elimination of "applied research," which includes this country's national labs, and unallocated stimulus funds, where the effect is less certain.
Old hands respond to change, newcomers find risk-averse industry
Utility engineers may find vendor pitches irritating but in an industry with little investment in research and development, there's little choice. We've been talking to vendors about the utility landscape in 2011 and here are the various themes we're hearing.
Yogi Berra's infamous quote is playing out in AMI smart grid deployments
American baseball great Yogi Berra is said to have uttered those infamous words: "It's déjà vu all over again." It's unfortunately apropos here, as we see Maine following in California's footsteps, and another smart meter deployment is sidetracked by a few loud and angry dissenters, as well as the attention of the Maine Public Utilities Commission (Maine PUC). Yesterday, the first technical hearing of an investigation by the Maine PUC of the Central Maine Power Company's (CMP's) smart meter project laid out the schedule and manner by which the proceedings will move forward. This investigation focuses on whether allowing customers to opt out of having a smart meter installed is a feasible and financially viable solution to concerns about health and cybersecurity.
EDTA calls for alignment of national efforts
A commercial association for the promotion of electric drive transportation has proposed a five-point plan to nurture the industry for U.S. clean-tech leadership, economic growth and environmental benefits. The purposes are attractive, but will federal monies be available during the upcoming clash over the federal budget?
It's all a matter of time (frames)
Dave Mooney, who leads energy storage efforts at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, discusses NREL's efforts and how they help leading utilities, as well as the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Energy.