Energy Efficiency

  • Jun 01, 2010 | Phil Carson

    Moving to a regulatory scheme that goes beyond "cost-plus" should take into account local market conditions and must include tangible consumer engagement, according to one participant.

  • May 28, 2010 | Phil Carson

    Members of both political parties back a bill to drive adoption of electric vehicles and charging stations in five American cities, but details remained unknown. The author of a report on EVs comments.

  • May 20, 2010 | Phil Carson

    The editor interviews his brother for a layperson's take on the smart grid, and runs into a few surprises.

  • May 19, 2010 | Phil Carson

    Editor Phil Carson reviews his own electricity use as a homeowner -- and his brother's -- and their disparate preferences to illuminate options for residential energy management.

  • May 17, 2010 | Kate Rowland

    Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers is used to being on the leading edge of the 21st century transformation of the electric utility industry. Last week in Cincinnati, Rogers spoke about the importance of not leaving customers behind in the overall process.

  • May 11, 2010 | Phil Carson

    PG & E acknowledged this week that a 99 percent success rate in smart meter rollouts potentially meant 50,000 dissatisfied customers. And EPRI offered nearly a dozen reasons why new smart meters might not be accurate, or might appear not to be accurate.   

  • May 05, 2010 | Phil Carson

    A forecast for the demand response industry calls for strong growth, new players, M&A and a focus on the commercial/industrial sector. A logical effort towards open standards in the DR industry could hamper players with proprietary systems.

  • May 04, 2010 | Phil Carson

    Consultant Christine Hertzog suggests that robust home area networks, combining smart thermostats and networked appliance controls, are more important than residential smart meters. And, she says, utilities had better step up their game if they want to influence consumer behavior.  

  • Apr 29, 2010 | Phil Carson

    Two contrasting utilities with planned or implemented AMI technology share their insights on the benefits and challenges in Hawaii and the Carolinas. Part I of two parts, with poll results on smart grid and AMI issues.