Insights from our Editorial Team
Denmark aims for 100 percent fossil-free status by 2040
On the eve of a United Nations conference in Mexico on climate change, which brings the U.S. to the table with no legislated commitment to cutting carbon emissions, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) spoke yesterday about a bipartisan commitment to energy efficiency. While our elected federal officials are decidedly partisan on climate change, both sides can definitely agree on energy efficiency, she said. But can the U.S. step up to the energy efficiency plate the way, say, Denmark has?
Home network alternative plays on privacy and security concerns
The Z-Wave Alliance says consumers should embrace means to manage their energy use without involving their utility. Utilities, of course, have favored the ZigBee protocol, an oft-cited rival to Z-Wave. But what are the issues for consumers themselves?
Ontario is clear on who controls personal information
Who owns customer electricity usage data? For Michelle Chibba, who oversees the policy department and special projects at the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, and for the province of Ontario, the answer's easy. For some states within the U.S., the jury's still out.
"RubberVines" a source of original thinking on utility-customer interaction
A blogger, under the rubric "RubberVines," has big ideas on promoting consumer engagement and he's got the background and the logic to have an impact. Eric Karlson is not just about talk, but is also working on digital tools to assist utilities in this crucial effort.
Joint NARUC-NASUCA annual meetings focus on consumer theme
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA) held parallel annual meetings in Atlanta last week and one consumer advocate came away optimistic that smart grid projects will get the balanced scrutiny they deserve. For everyone's sake.
Today the Information Technology (IT) areas of utilities are dealing with ever increasing new demands, while at the same time managing the introduction of new technologies. Christopher Perdue speaks to Dawn Roth, general manager of IT at Colorado Springs Utilities, about the current challenges being faced by her utility’s IT department.
Report on energy policy omits smart gridNov 22, 2010 |
An attempt by a recent report to articulate a "post-partisan" solution to the nation's energy needs suggests that "liberals and conservatives" abandon cherished notions and get with the program: energy innovation through military procurement processes, innovation centers and "small" and "very low" surcharges and prices on oil imports, electricity and carbon. It's deja vu, all over again.
Colorado's consumer counsel points to flaws in initial ruling
Colorado's Office of Consumer Counsel objects to the logic and substance of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission's initial ruling that Xcel is entitled to collect $44.5 million, which covers triple cost overruns, on its SmartGridCity project. Read the OCC's filing here and discover why Xcel and the CPUC can't have it both ways.
Balance sought for oversight of electric utilities pursuing smart grid
State regulators called for an independent consumer advocate at the federal level and other efforts this year attempt to balance shareholder and ratepayer risk for smart grid projects. That trend has not reached Colorado, apparently.
A matter of "getting in there, rolling up your sleeves and doing it"
If Ivano Labricciosa, vice president of asset management for Toronto Hydro-Electric System, had a nickel for everyone who has asked him the secret to the utility's successful (and massive) smart meter deployment, he would be a rich man. He and other members of Toronto Hydro's smart grid steering committee shared their thoughts and ideas last week with utility executives across the country at the Knowledge 2010 Summit.