Insights from our Editorial Team
Addressing the `Bakersfield Effect' may not be as easy as you think
It seems that while the utility industry may have learned the importance of customer education and engagement, now the industry needs to figure how much customer education is enough.
Do protection plans actually direct an attack?
Do federal rules for critical infrastructure protection provide a roadmap for attackers? This provocative question drew a round of disparate responses on an Internet forum. One conclusion seemed to be that those rules need to keep evolving to deter new threats.
Connecting the dots between the world and the grid
Our columnist argues that an either/or mentality is fogging the solution: "the mix," both in supply and in load. A mix of energy sources and a mix of technologies to bring flexibility and intelligence to the grid is the way forward. Read this column and weigh in on the discussion.
The debate continues, unabated
Our readers make the important point that time-of-use rates may not work for everyone. Consumer advocates and consumers themselves speak out regarding our column on "Time-of-use rates or peak-time rebates?"
NREL executive outlines modernization, integration and application innovation
First, grid modernization. Second, integration of advanced technologies. Third, innovation around applications that create value. These are the three steps in "Grid 3.0," according to Steve Hauser, vice president for grid integration at the National Renewable Energy Lab.
NREL integration effort focused on market
Steve Hauser, vice president for grid integration at the National Renewable Energy Lab, offers a glimpse at the future of the electric grid. Hauser declares an end to all-you-can-eat electricity anywhere, anytime. And he envisions distributed intelligence that will supercede price signals that influence end-use behavior.
Consumer backlash likely if privacy not addressed
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has been focused on digital data privacy for two decades and it can foresee consumer backlash if these issues aren't addressed by electric utilities engaged in modernizing the grid. Why the concern? Read on ...
Utility executives discuss the issues
A smarter electric grid could fundamentally change the way people pay for and manage their electricity use. Smart grid investments could help reduce demand, save money and improve reliability and efficiency. But implementing the necessary changes can be challenging. Recently, seven utility executives sat down to discuss the issues facing today's electric utilities. Intelligent Utility listened in.
Cyber security concerns confirmed, assumptions upended
The Stuxnet virus that targeted fuel enrichment centrifuges in Iran has underscored cyber security concerns here at home and upended some assumptions. The bottomline: compliance is easy and cheap, real security is difficult and expensive.
An economist and a sociologist debate electricity pricing issues
Billed as a "Clash of the Dynamic Pricing Titans," a debate last week at the Kellogg School of Management University Club in San Francisco certainly had some sword clashing. But, in my view, the one-trick pony ridden by the consumer advocate was soon left in the dust, with the economist emerging as a clear winner early in the hour. Utilities need a clear path to optimize power delivery and cost, not a battle of wills regarding socialization and the definition of "necessity."