Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Addressing the needs of low-income customers is complicated
    Dec 22, 2011 | Kate Rowland

    Addressing the needs of low-income customers has become even more urgent in current economic conditions, particularly in winter. What are the appropriate ways in which to assist this segment of utility customers? What's working?

    Comments: 1
  • Data privacy, affordable electricity and our readers
    Dec 22, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Consumers "own" their energy data, sure. But policy-making includes some gray areas. As for a city exploring its own energy future, little is black-and-white.

  • Research on utility analytics reveals likely trends
    Dec 21, 2011 | H. Christine Richards

    The Utility Analytics Institute's H. Christine Richards parts the curtains on trends in the 2012 analytics marketplace. She discusses analytics spending, M&A and the brain drain.

    Comments: 2
  • CTO for Big Blue's utility sector cites trends
    Dec 21, 2011 | Phil Carson

    IBM's Jeff Katz, CTO for the company's energy and utilities sector, chats informally with Intelligent Utility on trends, systems and "emergent behavior" and cyber security.

  • IT likely to play ever-larger role in running grid
    Dec 20, 2011 | Phil Carson

    In an interview with Intelligent Utility's sister publication, EnergyBiz, author Daniel Yergin says that crises make people pay attention to energy issues. Is that an insight the power industry can use?

    Comments: 3
  • IT likely to play ever-larger role in running grid
    Dec 19, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Daniel Yergin, energy expert and author of The Prize and The Quest, spoke with EnergyBiz  last week and he discussed smarter grids and their place in the energy sector.

    Comments: 7
  • Boulder seeks leader of energy strategy, and its own utility
    Dec 18, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Boulder, Colo., having voted last month to explore its own municipal utility, is moving ahead with hiring one energy strategist and two contract attorneys to deal with condemnation and FERC. A battle is likely brewing with Xcel, the rejected provider.

    Comments: 3
  • Who will take up the gauntlet?
    Thoughts on the biggest electric utility challenge of 2012
    Dec 15, 2011 | Kate Rowland

    While it's perhaps daunting to look to 2012 in terms of challenges, defining the challenges, and discussing them, is the first step to surmounting them. Our discussion about the biggest challenge facing the electric utility industry going into 2012 has grown legs of its own, as more industry players speak up.

    Comments: 2
  • Xcel claims outcomes justify additional cost recovery
    Dec 15, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Xcel has applied for $16.6 million in cost recovery for SmartGridCity in Boulder, having won $27.9 million earlier this year out of $44.5 million it sought. Now the Colorado Public Utilities Commission and other interested parties must weigh Xcel's argument and supporting evidence.  

    Comments: 1
  • Sowing doubt is a prevalent tactic against grid modernization
    Dec 14, 2011 | Phil Carson

    In Illinois, a small city has taken the high road on advanced metering. A handful of citizens in opposition are working to stop it. In Colorado, regulators have shown flexibility in developing data privacy policies.

    Comments: 2