Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Drivers include economies of scale, 'future-proofing'
    Nov 23, 2011 | Phil Carson

    An Intelligent Utility webcast this Thursday will delve into lessons big and small around interoperability and standards. Join three panelists who've been intimately involved at their utility and in national efforts. Read this column for a preview of the event.

  • Holiday pop quiz no one can fail
    Nov 22, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Six months ago, the power industry debated whether consumer benefits should immediately follow a smart meter installation. Today, the industry's opponents have seized uncontested ground and are busy putting the brakes on grid modernization. Evidence to the contrary, the power industry appears to be saying, "What? Me worry?"

    Comments: 3
  • RF foes claim electro-smog is killing us
    Nov 21, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Discussing "smart" meters these days brings attention to the proliferation of efforts to ban them. Does the power industry really understand how fervent the anti-meter movement has become?

    Comments: 7
  • Markets should determine right application, right price
    Nov 20, 2011 | Jack Ellis

    A consulting engineer provides a dissenting view to a California Energy Commission report that, our expert says, advocates storage. Our Industry Expert suggests letting market forces decide where and when to apply cost-effective storage.

    Comments: 9
  • Policy is rational, though the argument remains unpersuasive
    Nov 20, 2011 | Phil Carson

    On the eve of smart meter rollouts of the wireless  variety in Vermont, the two largest utilities have agreed to an inexpensive opt-out provision. The alternative is a hard-wired meter. Our columnist finds the proponents rational and able to engage in a fruitful exchange of views. Therein lies a lesson.

    Comments: 6
  • Storms + outage anger = muni movement
    Nov 17, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Municipalization has  raised its head in the Rockies and, now, in Massachusetts. In the latter case, outrage over storm-related outages has driven the effort. A smarter grid would figure in any solution.

    Comments: 4
  • 'Look before you leap' justified by big changes
    Nov 16, 2011 | Phil Carson

    A last look at themes from utility executives given free reign to converse off the record at last week's Knowledge2011. And a call to discuss these issues  on the record, as the real solutions are particular to each and every utility.

  • 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