Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Part two: a conversation with a smart grid thought leader
    Feb 10, 2011 | Phil Carson

    In the second part of a two-part interview, eMeter's Chris King discusses privacy initiatives, Zigbee vs. Wi-Fi and the potential for federal energy legislation in the year now unfolding.

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  • Industry thought leader mulls the year past, the year ahead
    Feb 09, 2011 | Phil Carson

    eMeter's Chris King shares his thoughts on significant events of the past year and looks ahead to the year unfolding. He says that utilities have learned from the missteps of those that went first in smart meter deployment and smart grid regulatory cases. He takes a position on Zigbee versus Wi-Fi and says a de facto standard would bring consumer benefits sooner.  

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  • Behind-the-scenes discussions yield fruitful harvest
    Feb 08, 2011 | Kate Rowland

    One of the most-asked questions at any industry conference, participant to participant, is "what are you hearing?" DistribuTECH was no different. The answers this time, though, were far more disparate than two years ago, at the same conference, in the same venue, when the answers were clearly "stimulus funding" and "smart meters/AMI."

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  • DistribuTECH 'takeaways' revealed
    Feb 08, 2011 | Phil Carson

    If DistribuTECH once droned on about meters, then the resulting data management challenge, 2011 might be said to bring the customer to the fore. Our columnist discusses a few insights gleaned from this year's conference.

  • Hydro One implementation offers proof point
    Feb 07, 2011 | Phil Carson

    The notion of trust lies at the heart of all human interaction. Would it be wise to ignore the pursuit of consumer trust in the smart grid arena, particularly when it has repeatedly surfaced as a concern?

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  • Slippage in other realms won’t excuse utilities
    Feb 04, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Our correspondent gets true religion on the privacy front when the implications of privacy loss hit home. We suggest that the smart grid industry not use privacy slippage in other realms to guide its thinking.

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  • Nation's capitol introduces bill penalizing utilities for long-term outages
    Feb 03, 2011 | Christopher Perdue

    Earlier this week the Washington D.C. Ward 4 Councilwoman Muriel Bowser introduced a bill that would require power companies to pay hotel room bills for D.C. residents if their electricity is not restored quickly when it's freezing or blazing hot.

    The bill is labeled the "Electric Company Extreme Weather Outage Reimbursement Amendment Act," and would require public utility companies in D.C. to pay a reasonable cost for hotel rooms for customers when their power is out for more than 24 hours and temperatures either dip below 32 degrees or rise above 95 degrees.

    As this article is being written, Chicago is expecting two feet of snow, Indianapolis an inch of ice, and the Northeast still more ice and snow. Perhaps our industry is inheriting an opportunity for a teachable moment about outage management and outage management systems.

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  • Cavalier attitude on privacy could spell doom
    Feb 03, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Are consumer concerns about data privacy spot-on or overblown? Would it be smart to gamble on the answer?

  • Honesty begets competitiveness at home and abroad
    Feb 02, 2011 | Phil Carson

    An article on smart meter backlash precedes a day at DistribuTECH, where high profile calls for honest discussion of hard truths are prominent. Our correspondent connects the dots.  

  • Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative holds symposium in San Diego
    Kate Rowland, editor-in-chief, Intelligent Utility magazine
    Feb 01, 2011 | Kate Rowland

    On the smart gird road, some electric utilities have hit some serious consumer roadblocks. The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative symposium in San Diego yesterday discussed roadblocks, thought processes and success stories, and will be sharing more best practices in the year to come.

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