Insights from our Editorial Team
Readers straighten us out on the real issues
Technology solutions abound, it's the economics that are sticky for utilities and end-users. Our columnist casts his line with bold statements and readers take the bait.
Utilities enter 'value phase' of grid modernization
Analyzing data is a standard practice. But the advent of 'Big Data' has pushed analytics to the fore because it offers business value and payback on smart grid investments. We offer insights and resources on how to think about this development.
Once utilities engage, they'll need answers
Engaging customers means answering questions and a slew of issues present themselves, including who pays for R&D, how dynamic pricing will affect vulnerable populations, addressing meter outrage and storm outages—all issues discussed recently in these pages.
Annual CES in Vegas raises issues, large and small
Utilities that are serious about customer engagement might take a page from the Consumer Electronics Show, now drawing the multitudes in Las Vegas. CES has loads of "green energy" products on display, which might spark utilities' creative juices on the engagement issue. At least one major utility is working the show.
In Naperville, it's the 5 percent versus the 95 percent
A handful of people in Naperville, Illinois, a city widely respected for its two decades of work in grid modernization, seek to reverse the city's progress. Shall the 5 percent rule the 95 percent?
Study calls for industry-funded R&D
Public-private partnerships in research and development could meet many needs for innovation that could promote American energy and economic security. The issue will be debated in an election year. One study suggests a path.
The "next big thing" is a misnomer; it's here
Vendors will tell you what they want you to hear on data analytics. We offer you your peers and their lessons learned.
EVs tangled in debate over government, technology
Utilities have worked to prepare for electric vehicles, which have sold less briskly than anticipated. Yet electric cars could cement the utility-residential customer connection over the long run. Meanwhile, Americans have mixed reactions to a government role in encouraging the market.
Remote microgrids grow for under-served end-users
Developments this past year have encouraged the development of microgrids, once considered by utilities to be a threat to operations, now considered a potential resource. An analyst describes the innovations, the drivers and the market.
First micro-turbines, then renewables growth
Microturbines running on natural gas will have a multi-year run as the leading source of distributed generation, with many benefits to the grid, including reliability and managing black starts.