Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Derecho hits just as New York regulators issue concerns
    Jul 09, 2012 | Phil Carson

    As the East recovers, New York regulators fault utilities for inadequate communication with their customers. The rub? That was last fall's storms. Several threads emerge around what went wrong this time. 

    Comments: 2
  • Leading utilities share thinking on their projects
    Jul 08, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Energy storage works, but the bigger question is whether there's a business case for it. Southern California Edison and Duke Energy both are implementing demo projects to test applications and value propositions to determine whether storage has an attractive cost-benefit ration versus alternatives. Here's a glimpse, ahead of our webcast this Wednesday.

    Comments: 2
  • E-Energy pilot projects a research priority
    E-Energy in Germany
    Jul 05, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    In the course of basic energy reform, Germany is vastly changing the structure of its supply system in the coming decades. A recent report details the interim results of Germany's E-Energy pilot projects, moving toward what it is referring to as the Internet of Energy. We review the highlights.

  • Readers weigh in on PJM's efforts
    Jul 05, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Readers weigh in on the nuances of dynamic pricing, how it works in practice and hurdles to widespread adoption. And a doomsayer claims the utilities are just out to force lifestyle changes. Which is it? Judge for yourself.

    Comments: 1
  • Fear and reason compete for the customer
    Jul 04, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Independence Day might commemorate independent thinking, as well as the birth of a nation. But what to do about demagogues who continue to scream that smart meters are a tool of global hegemony by the United Nations?

    Comments: 4
  • Mother Nature strikes again, with massive thunderstorms
    Jul 02, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Mother Nature can overwhelm the best laid plans. And intelligent risk management requires a balance between costs and benefits. But what do the extended outages in the East say about utility promises on investments made by them and paid for by customers? Grid modernization could hang in the balance.

    Comments: 11
  • In Colorado, our colleagues are scrambling
    Jul 01, 2012 | Phil Carson

    The challenge to utilities in Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Denver and other fire-plagued communities would be enough, but wildfires have come in the midst of record-breaking heat. Our utilities are handling the challenge, which includes putting their people on the front lines.

    Comments: 2
  • Utility's first-priority resource is also environmentally friendly
    energy efficiency and CFLs
    Jun 28, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    Public power has had some critical successes across the board, and in the area of energy efficiency, these utilities are old pros. Seattle City Light (SCL) holds the record for the longest continually operated energy conservation program in the country, which has been running since 1977. Since that time, it has delivered 1.5 billion kWh total savings, and more than $500 million in unreimbursed ratepayer total investment. Here's how it works.

  • Lessons learned on voluntary programs in Phoenix
    Jun 27, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Salt River Project offers lessons learned on voluntary prepay and time-of-use programs that increase customer satisfaction, improve utility cash flow and defer investment in peaker plants. SRP has 30 years' experience and Association for Demand Response + Smart Grid has a new case study.

    Comments: 5
  • Several views on the moving pieces to come
    Jun 26, 2012 | Phil Carson

    PJM Interconnection has gotten federal regulatory approval for market rules that would allow its utility customers to offer dynamic pricing to their customers who have smart meters and smart thermostats. Finally, progress on the road to dynamic pricing. 

    Comments: 4