Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Advocates point to drivers: costs fall, innovations rise
    Jun 13, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Falling prices and financing options have propelled solar photovoltaics and concentrating solar power plants to mainstream portfolio elements among utilities, according to solar advocates. While distributed generation continues to pose challenges, there's no turning back, advocates say. 

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  • KCP&L shoots high in its demonstration project
    Jun 12, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Kansas City Power & Light is implementing a smart grid project that tests just about everything except synchrophasors and wind and is doing so in an urban core area in need of revitalization. The dual goals of grid modernization and economic revitalization could be a potent mix across the country, if KCP&L achieves its objectives. 

  • Spending down (or up?), madness over meters
    Jun 11, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Smart meters are nothing but surveillance devices implanted by the government to achieve central control over a formerly free people. Is anyone in the power industry going to rebut the madness over meters? Critics are over the top. 

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  • Utilities navigating more complex world of data
    Jun 10, 2012 | Mike Smith

    As utilities have waded into the data-heavy post-Smart Grid era, utility leaders from across the enterprise are seeing that there is value in all of that data beyond simply managing the volumes of data and getting it to the right people.

  • ComEd and Oncor to discuss their new customer mobile apps in webinar
    We have an app for that!
    Jun 07, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    Join us next week for a webinar on utility mobile customer apps for insights into two apps launched this year by two very different utilities. In the meantime, for a sneak peek at what we'll be talking about, read on.

  • Who pays for opt-out; do kids know anything?
    Jun 07, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Should those who opt-out of interval meters pay the added costs? Should the power industry actually encourage young people who might want to get involved in solving its challenges? In both cases, posts to our forum said "no." For a look at the logic, read this column.

  • Public discussion focuses on security vulnerabilities
    Jun 06, 2012 | Phil Carson

    The cyber threat to industrial control systems has made the front pages of the nation's leading newspapers in the past week. The upshot? The U.S. is best poised to use cyber warfare offensively. But it also remains vulnerable to such attacks. 

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  • Developer says community impact is important
    Jun 05, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Conventional wisdom has it that saving money is customers' sole focus. But some demographics believe that if personal, incremental savings also have larger environmental benefiits for society, then action is warranted. An application developer explains.

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  • SCADA, communications network: backbone for smarts
    Jun 04, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Building on legacy systems and adding known technologies for reliability and efficiency is working for Orange & Rockland Utilities, which is using a "model-centric approach" to distribution management. The utility seeks auto-restoration and "coordinated control." Want to learn more? Read this column. 

  • `Model-centric system' at heart of approach
    Jun 03, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Orange & Rockland Utilities is adding intelligence and control to its distribution system with a "model-centric" approach that should help it minimize faults and hasten service restoration on blue-sky days and after storms. We spoke with O&R's smart grid manager.