Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Longtime CEO identifies pressures affecting modernization
    Oct 10, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Could utility commissions at the municipal level help insulate muni utilities from local politics? Do "joint action agencies" provide the needed clout and financing to assist munis buffetted by pressures on their business model? A long-time executive offers insights.

  • Long-time CEO identifies pressures affecting modernization
    Oct 09, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Everyone knows that "the circumstances" for the power sector have changed over the past century, but what about the business model(s)? Today, a longtime utility manager with experience in all utility business models, calls into question the public power business model in particular.  

  • Industry concerns about `voluntary' measures
    Oct 08, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Congress won't pass the administration's Cyber Security Act of 2012, so an executive order is getting run up the flagpole. Is it a bargaining tactic or a last resort? One contributor makes the case that more is less. 

    Comments: 1
  • Possible executive order raises industry concerns
    Oct 07, 2012 | Phil Carson

    This past summer, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 failed due to a Senate filibuster inspired by industry lobbying. The Obama Administration has publicly raised the possibility of an executive order that merely asks industry, including the power sector, to develop best practices in coordination with the federal government, for voluntary participation. 

  • New commercial venture generating interest
    Oct 04, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Vehicle-to-grid technology and its business case have advanced to commercialization and, despite persistent skepticism, San Diego Gas & Electric and the PJM Interconnection are actively examining both. We bring you the conclusion of a two-part article, with links to more.

    Comments: 5
  • Doubters may bray, but it's going to market
    Oct 03, 2012 | Phil Carson

    While the power industry continues to debate the feasibility of V2G or vehicle-to-grid, one scientist/inventor has quietly accomplished enough enabling technology to go to market. We look at the latest developments in commercial deployment as well as at a leading utility and an RTO.

    Comments: 2
  • If `data is currency,' sell high!
    Oct 02, 2012 | Phil Carson

    The advent of "do not track" features and a sense that an individual's Web-browsing behavior has monetary value to the person creating it spurred our columnist to muse on how valuable energy use data might be, especially if mashed up with other personal details.

    Comments: 3
  • New papers argue for a way forward
    Oct 01, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Prepay has been a success for Salt River Project for decades, with high satisfaction among certain customer segments that opt-in for it. Yet traditional consumer protections aren't well-suited to prepay and other programs enabled by grid modernization. Two new papers address the issue, one on regulatory hurdles, the other advocating a way forward. 

  • California rules soon on communities' rights
    Sep 30, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Several utilities with opt-out provisions for smart metering have reported very low numbers of customers are seizing the opportunity, perhaps due to the added cost they bear. Meanwhile, state regulators continue to examine issues of cyber security and data privacy related to digital metering. 

    Comments: 6
  • Readers call for third-party access to customer data
    Sep 27, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Our readers weigh in on the Green Button, complaining that regulators have yet to allow third-party access to customer energy data to create compelling value. The concept is sound and we're open to hearing the practical details on how that will be achieved while protecting data privacy.