Insights from our Editorial Team

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.  

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  • 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.

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  • How utilities leverage data for business value
    Dec 13, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Utilities are turning to value creation from data streams arising from grid modernization. Data analytics are nothing new to the industry, but the imagination and technical capabilities to advance from a historical view of past events to real-time or predictive capabilities does require new processes, systems and ways of thinking.

  • Utility, third party file for rehearing
    Dec 12, 2011 | Phil Carson

    States are formulating data privacy policies to catch up with smart meter deployments. The back-and-forth in Colorado, with regulators proposing a rule and utilities and others arguing their cases, has been instructive. But wll privacy policies enacted after-the-fact require technology retrofits?

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  • Shift will require buy-in from regulators, consumers
    Dec 11, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Our columnist's call for "dynamic pricing now!" was answered by savvy readers, many of whom are involved in the issues surrounding the implementation of such a policy. The drivers are in place. Is the demand there? Our community of readers weighs in.

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  • The company acquires eMeter this week, and it's not stopping there
    Siemens acquires eMeter
    Dec 08, 2011 | Kate Rowland

    News of the week: Siemens acquires venture capital-funded eMeter. What does this mean for both companies? More than the immediate sum of the two, according to both. With 17 mutual customers in three different countries already to their combined credit, the four-year partnership will ramp up further in 2012.

  • City demonstrates safety, security and accuracy
    Dec 08, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Naperville, Ill. is a model of transparency in how it has presented its latest grid modernization work involving AMI to its citizen-customers. Yet a handful continue to call not only for a halt but for dismantling digital intelligence on the city's grid. This municipal utility's admirable approach is worthy of emulation.  

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  • City demonstrates safety, security and accuracy
    Dec 07, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Naperville, Ill. has anticipated every citizen concern and provided tangible demonstrations of safety, reliability and accuracy in its metering program, with options for those who remain unconvinced. The city is a model of transparency and, for some, that's not enough. Read this column for lessons learned.

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