Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Testing theory with feet-on-the-ground pilots
    Kate Rowland, editor-in-chief, Intelligent Utility magazine
    Mar 08, 2011 | Kate Rowland

    Over the past two weeks, I've presented both sides of the debate surrounding time-of-use rates. The ensuing discussion has been brisk, with those commenting lining up in a definitive fashion as either for or against. It seemed, after two weeks of somewhat theoretical discussion, to be an opportune time to bring the focus back to the brass tacks of real utility pilots and projects and, particularly, success stories.

    Comments: 4
  • Thought leadership on change and technology integration
    Mar 08, 2011 | Phil Carson

    At the EnergyBiz Leadership Forum earlier this month in Washington, D.C.,  a panel of CIOs explored the challenges presented by modernizing grids and adding intelligence to them. These thought leaders share their insights.

  • You'll never know who's in the know
    Mar 07, 2011 | Phil Carson

    The issue of cyber security for the electric grid, apart from general discussions of regulatory mandates and headlines, doesn't yield readily to questions. A few post-Stuxnet thoughts on the subject, from our columnist.

  • Readers weigh in on the week's topics
    Mar 04, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Intelligent Utility Daily readers weigh in on careful science at the Pecan Street Project, the issue of data privacy in smarter grids and a call for a rational, national energy policy. Will Pecan Street "get the science right"? Do smart meters capture details of appliance use and homeowner behavior? Are concerns over data privacy misdirected? Is a price on carbon just another socialist plot? Meet your fellow readers and decide for yourself.

    Comments: 1
  • Addressing the `Bakersfield Effect' may not be as easy as you think
    Mar 03, 2011 | Christopher Perdue

    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.

    Comments: 2
  • Do protection plans actually direct an attack?
    Mar 03, 2011 | Phil Carson

    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
    Mar 02, 2011 | Phil Carson

    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.

    Comments: 2
  • The debate continues, unabated
    Mar 01, 2011 | Kate Rowland

     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?"

    Comments: 6
  • NREL executive outlines modernization, integration and application innovation
    Mar 01, 2011 | Phil Carson

    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
    Feb 28, 2011 | Phil Carson

    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.

    Comments: 3