Insights from our Editorial Team

  • CPUC proceedings turn to cost allocation
    Feb 01, 2012 | Phil Carson

    The California Public Utilities Commission yesterday approved analog meters as the opt-out option for Pacific Gas & Electric. The decision raises fundamental questions about the future of a smarter grid, about the integrity of the regulatory process and about the motivations behind those who reject  smart meters for purported health reasons.

    Comments: 7
  • PG&E's, CPUC's favored options may be discarded
    Jan 31, 2012 | Phil Carson

    The California Public Utility Commission may decide today to make analog meters Pacific Gas and Electric's sole opt-out option, discarding its own recommended option and one suggested by PG&E. While the CPUC effectively dealt with much of the misinformation fomented by various anti-smart meter parties, it may adopt their solution. And other ratepayers may foot the bill.  

    Comments: 7
  • CPUC to vote on proposed solution, after objections
    Jan 30, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Regulators  in California decide Wednesday on PG&E's proposal for customers who want to opt-out of smart meters. The objections filed in the case and the CPUC's proposed decision air many issues that echo around the country. Let's take a look.

    Comments: 3
  • Join an IOU, a muni and a co-op discussion
    Jan 29, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Customer engagement can take many different forms, depending on a utility's business model, geographic location, customer demographics and intended messaging. Join an Energy Central webcast with three utilities of different stripes on different missions to gain insight into their approaches and lessons learned. 

  • DistribuTech sessions, sliced and diced
    Jan 26, 2012 | Phil Carson

    DistribuTech sessions included a close-up look at the research questions involved in and the progress of energy storage projects and microgrids and the wider benefits of customer satisfaction in grid modernization.

    Comments: 1
  • D-Tech panel explores the vagaries of communicating value
    Jan 25, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Love 'em or hate 'em, they pay for your salary, for your equipment, and supposedly they're the reason you're in business. They're your customers. 

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  • Scenes from a day in old San Antone
    Jan 24, 2012 | Phil Carson

    A day in historic San Antonio reveals a city and its municipal utility firmly grabbing its bootstraps and pulling hard in the upward direction. Local plans are bold, ambitious and predicated on linking economic development with clean tech and an efficient, interactive grid. It's an all-American story built on optimism for the future. 

  • The Behemoth of Redmond's friendly face
    Jan 23, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Microsoft's Jon Arnold discusses grid modernization from a global perspective as DistribuTech gets underway. Guess what? The United States is far from the most interesting market.

  • Quick insights can be gleaned from incomplete data
    Jan 22, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Analyzing data for business value has become critical in the era of Big Data. Doing it right, however, doesn't mean doing it perfectly. Quick insights can be derived from incomplete data if you're clear on what you really need to know.

  • Industry forum members say yes ... and no
    Integrating renewables
    Jan 19, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    Sparked by a recent reader's comment about "green" subsidies, an industry forum took up the challenge, and discussed the pros and cons of government subsidies to the industry. Here, we share some of the comments, and issue a challenge to readers: how do you feel about industry subsidies, and what is the best way forward?

    Comments: 7