Demand Management

  • Jul 23, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Michael Panfil, an attorney working with the Environmental Defense Fund, examines what a rehearing on the fate of FERC Order 745 could mean and what's at stake for utilities and consumers in this on-going legal battle.

  • Jul 15, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Dr. Victor M. Larios, a professor at the University of Guadalajara and the chair of the IEEE Smart City Initiative Pilot in Guadalajara, Mexico, gives details and highlights.

  • May 24, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For this issue of our Utility2Utility article series, we spoke with Angel Anderson, web portal and demand response (DR) project manager about residential DR, smart grid planning and advanced metering for the utility.

  • Apr 15, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For this installment of the utility2utility article series, we spoke with Steve Zurn, general manager, about home energy management systems, customer surveys and other plans the utility has to grow better tech and, therefore, better customer programs.

  • Apr 14, 2014 | Jay Demarest

    Jay Demarest, PHI customer relations and programs director, gives a program overview and a preview of the webcast "Utility Case Study; Pepco Holdings Inc.: Best Practices in Recruiting Participants for Energy Management Programs." 

  • Apr 08, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    In this issue, we examined developing that personal customer connection—from understanding psychology to tackling social media. Click through the headline to read each article individually. You can also download a free PDF of the issue and look at it in all its beautiful print-layout glory. Just click here. (And, our two-page social media infographic is only available in the PDF version of this issue. So, it’s worth the download.)

  • Apr 02, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For this installment in our most popular article series, we talk to Mauro Suà, director general of AMB (Aziende Municipalizzate Bellinzona), or the municipal utility for the city of Bellinzona, Switzerland. The city—already an award winner within Europe for smart energy thinking—is working toward an energy region status. Suà talks the smart cities movement and the projects they are currently working on within the city itself that blend into that movement.

  • Apr 01, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Ahmad Faruqui, principal with The Brattle Group, advises American regulators and utilities to study Ontario’s successful deployment of time-of-use rates as they consider new programs.

  • Mar 06, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Todd Recknagel with AM Conservation Group examines how Puget Sound Energy and other utiltiies are getting customers interested in LEDs.

  • Dec 26, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    “Think of us as a kind of statewide utility that delivers Maine’s lowest cost energy resource, which is energy efficiency,” said Paul Badeau, director of communications with Efficiency Maine. 

  • Dec 24, 2013 | Paul Batistelli
    The United States is facing some serious issues with its electricity grid. The infrastructure was established more than a century ago, before the Internet or cellphones or a lot of renewable energy generation. It simply wasn't equipped to handle today's electricity load.
  • Dec 15, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    When I was young—many eons ago, it seems—the phrase “bring your own” was attached to liquid libation. Today, it’s attached to your smart phone, your PC and even your thermostat—any tech “device.” And now the BYOD trend is coming home, potentially impacting utility customer programs.

  • Dec 11, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    David Eggart, Energy Select’s program manager at Gulf Power, discusses automated dynamic pricing programs with simple rate structures and pricing schemes that give customers flexibility in how they choose to curb their energy consumption. 

  • Nov 11, 2013 | John R. Johnson

    Aside from offering customers the chance to cash in on rebates and other incentives to conserve energy, utilities like PECO are piloting aggressive new voltage reduction programs as a way to meet the state goal, which requires a three percent reduction in 2013, as well as 4.5 percent reduction on peak 100 hours.

  • Oct 28, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    At Memoori, a consultancy out of the UK, they believe one answer to stringent generation and distribution requirements is interfacing smart buildings with the present smart grid and providing demand response and distributed energy capability through a combination of using advanced buildings energy management systems (BEMS) and enterprise energy management systems (EEM).

  • Oct 28, 2013 | Satish Balantrapu
    The daily operations of an electric utility like fuel resource planning and taking strategic decisions in balancing the supply and demand of electricity are influenced by load forecasts. When the electricity market has undergone a revolution, load forecasts have gained lot of significance spreading across other business departments like energy trading, financial planning etc.
  • Oct 15, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    The most you probably know about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR program is what I have traditionally known about ENERGY STAR: It’s a good thing to look for when shopping for a fridge at Lowe’s. But, ENERGY STAR is at work behind the scenes of utilities as well.

  • Sep 17, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    I first heard about Green Mountain Energy around the time I started writing for the power business, and, at that time, very few people in this business talked about renewable or sustainable energy. Fast forward about 15 years, and those two words are on everyone’s lips—and Green Mountain’s still growing.

  • Aug 21, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Demand response comes in many forms from consumer action to turn off pools pumps to efficiency options to the ability to shift load on the grid itself—essentially, it all comes down to movement of load off of a stressed area, whatever that area may be and however you can entice that movement. PJM gives us details of how they're moving customers through economic demand response.

  • Aug 19, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Jeremy Champlin, program manager with Entergy Arkansas, discusses the risks inherent to all energy efficiency programs and how you can overcome those risks, just as Entergy Arkansas did. (This is part two of a two-part series by Champlin.)