• Case studies in renewables integration and the evolving grid
  • Oct 03, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    In April, Mark A. Gabriel started his new job as the administrator of the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) in Lakewood, Colo., one of four power marketing administrations overseen by the U.S. Department of Energy. Here, he personally outlines five focus areas for WAPA.

  • Sep 24, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For some of us, there’s a particular moment when you realize you may be too into your job. Mine came last week on a 10-day tour to Ireland. While other tourists photographed the great seascape below, I photographed the line of distribution poles above.

  • ScottMadden, Inc., one of North America's leading energy consulting firms, recently released The Energy Industry Update. This semi-annual publication features ScottMadden's view of significant events and emerging trends in the industry.
  • GenerationHub.com, Energy Central's new online intelligence service for the electric power generation industry, is now live.
  • Critics point to pilots, advocate cautious steps

    Feb 29, 2012 | Phil Carson

    California regulators are determining how to move forward on energy storage, as mandated by legislation. How much time should it spend on analysis, on determining storage's cost effectiveness? And should it set procurement targets for investor-owned utilities in the state, possibly advancing the market for storage, possibly burdening ratepayers?


  • Remote microgrids grow for under-served end-users

    Jan 03, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Developments this past year have encouraged the  development of microgrids, once considered by utilities to be a threat to operations, now considered a potential resource. An analyst describes the innovations, the drivers and the market.

  • ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI), a leading provider of consulting services and technology solutions to government and commercial clients, has released its Integrated Energy Outlook for the third quarter of 2011.
  • ABB, the leading power and automation technology company, is designing and building a new, first-of-its-kind transformer safety solution - the arc-resistant, medium voltage, dry-type transformer - for Vancouver, British Columbia-based BC Hydro.
  • ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI), a leading provider of consulting services and technology solutions to government and commercial clients, has released its Integrated Energy Outlook for the second quarter of 2011.
  • Innovation amidst diversity on Colorado's Western Slope

    Jul 05, 2011 | Phil Carson

    A century-old rural co-op in Colorado has always looked after its primary duty to its members: drive out costs. But it has found the will and and the way to innovate on many fronts, drawing national attention. To find out who, what, why and where: read this column.

  • Military 'gets it,' has the will and dollars to implement

    Jun 14, 2011 | Phil Carson

    The U.S. military is moving ahead with many smart grid-related innovations because lives and national security are at stake. Multiple sources say that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is ideally situated to provide the test bed for commercialization of new technologies. So why do those claiming to support our military call for abolishing the National Renewable Energy Lab, which partners closely with the DoD?

  • Younger users less informed, more willing to change

    May 24, 2011 | Phil Carson

    A new survey provides insight into the motivations that might drive a change in American energy consumption habits. At the top of the list: jobs and energy independence for economic and energy security. Way down the list: environmental concerns. Behind the motivations, the driver is the recession.

  • Myriad motives and interests drive California debate

    Apr 29, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Dozens of players, representing myriad, diverse interests gathered in Sacramento yesterday to discuss the crucial issues surrounding energy storage. Our columnist summarizes some of the issues, viewpoints and questions to be addressed in the storage debate.

  • Bonneville Power provides within-hour balancing services for wind
  • Readers weigh in on the week's topics

    Mar 04, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Intelligent Utility Daily readers weigh in on careful science at the Pecan Street Project, the issue of data privacy in smarter grids and a call for a rational, national energy policy. Will Pecan Street "get the science right"? Do smart meters capture details of appliance use and homeowner behavior? Are concerns over data privacy misdirected? Is a price on carbon just another socialist plot? Meet your fellow readers and decide for yourself.

  • UtiliQ’s most intelligent utility forges ahead
  • It's all a matter of time (frames)

    Jan 24, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Dave Mooney, who leads energy storage efforts at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, discusses NREL's efforts and how they help leading utilities, as well as the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Energy.