Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Three worthy issues arise in one day
    Nov 15, 2011 | Phil Carson

    A report on energy storage, a primer on preparing for electric vehicles and a call for collaboration all land on the same day. Our columnist provides  related resources and ladles on a few points.

    Comments: 2
  • Electric utilities explore solutions at Knowledge2011
    Nov 14, 2011 | Kate Rowland

    Roundtable discussions at the Knowledge2011 Executive Summit provided ideal opportunities for utility executives to discuss ideas, concerns and challenges, as well as potential solutions to the issues facing them now, and into 2012. We listened in.

  • Media cite 'opposition' in lieu of positive messages
    Nov 14, 2011 | Phil Carson

    A recent article on 'smart grid' in The Washington Post reflects fundamental challenges the power industry faces in public perception and the media's role in it.

    Comments: 2
  • In-house and externally, standards are sought
    Nov 13, 2011 | Phil Carson

    San Diego Gas & Electric's Chris Chen talks about standards and interoperability challenges and electric vehicles.

    Comments: 1
  • Knowledge2011 fuels perception of industry evolution
    Nov 10, 2011 | Phil Carson

    The up and coming executives in the power industry have a bead on the challenges and the solutions, as reflected by participants in this week's Knowledge2011 conference. It's not your father's utility anymore.

  • Are pilots de facto deployments?
    Nov 09, 2011 | Phil Carson

    A number of themes emerged from two days of off-the-record roundtable discussions at Knowledge2011. Several of them may apply to your utility.

  • Utility peers discuss security, data, customers and leadership
    Nov 08, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Gotta dash. One hundred of the nation's leading CIOs and customer service and operations executives are gathered here on Amelia Island, Florida for two days to share insights. I can't get this kind of access anywhere else. So here are a few postcards from the sessions I attended today. 

    Comments: 2
  • Future-proofing, costs drive effort, in-house and out
    Nov 07, 2011 | Phil Carson

    DTE Energy is working to ensure that its in-house systems are interoperable and it is working on the national level to see that standards benefit the industry.

    Comments: 2
  • Future-proofing, costs drive effort, in-house and out
    Nov 06, 2011 | Phil Carson

    DTE Energy is actively pursuing standards and interoperability, not just for its own systems but for the power industry. In-house, the goal is to avoid stranded assets and to future-proof DTE's investments. In the big picture, the goal is to spur innovation and create economies of scale.

  • Commentary on 'ComEd bill' and Xcel in Boulder
    Nov 03, 2011 | Phil Carson

    ComEd managed to get a bill through the Illinois legislature for grid modernization and guaranteed cost recovery over a decade. Xcel Energy is fighting a rebellious customer, Boulder, Colo., over the latter's goal of creating a municipal utility. Our readers had comments for all parties involved.