Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Challenges and Opportunities: Smart cities and the smart grid
    Jul 29, 2014 | Steven E. Collier

    A veritable "perfect storm" of challenges and opportunities is profoundly changing the fundamentals of urban areas throughout the world. The driving force is the exploding growth of urban populations caused by both global population growth combined with dramatic relocation to urban centers. The United Nations predicts a near doubling of city dwellers by 2050 as the global population increases from 7 billion to 9 billion with the urban population to grow between 2.5 billion and 3 billion people in the next 30 years.

  • Is the prosumer knocking on your door?
    Jul 24, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    I hate the term prosumer for one reason: I don't want to be one. I don't want to be forced into managing both the things I have to and all the tangential life things, too.  Rather than being a prosumer, I want to be an endsumer (just left out of everything but the end result, thanks).

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  • Study Ontario for Time-Of-Use (TOU) Lessons
    Jul 22, 2014 | Ahmad Faruqui

    Should time-varying rates-such as time-of-use (TOU) rates and critical peak pricing (CPP) and other dynamic pricing rates-be deployed as the default tariff for residential and small business customers?

  • Will Australia's changing grid include the death spiral?
    Jul 17, 2014 | Tim Probert

    By now most will be aware of the dreaded utility "declining demand death spiral": As solar PV grows, utilities' demand drops. Utilities respond by raising prices and/or network charges - either for solar or non-solar customers - further incentivizing solar (and battery storage), thus further reducing demand.

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  • Utility2utility
    Denmark's DONG Energy and the Renewable Energy Directive
    Jul 15, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    DONG Energy is Denmark's largest energy company. For this installment of the utility2utility article series, we spoke to Ivan K. Pedersen, head of DONG's Power Hub about renewables and partnerships.

  • PECO Invests in Conservation Voltage Reduction
    Jul 10, 2014 | John R. Johnson

    In late 2008 the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PPUC) passed legislation requiring the state's seven major electric utilities to reduce their customer's consumption and demandÊlevels over a period of three years.

  • State of the Utility Industry
    Jul 08, 2014 | Robert Eastman

    I sat down with Jill Feblowitz, VP of Energy Insights, to ask some wide-ranging questions about what she and IDC see happening in the utility industry.

  • Kim Hanemann, VP, PSE&G
    Jul 03, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    It's unusual overall to have a woman in any high-ranking energy position. That's the reason we started this focus on "women in energy," after all: to shed light on those women making strides in a traditionally male industry.

  • Protecting Consumers
    Protecting Consumers
    Jul 01, 2014 | Lewis Mills

    The pressures and opportunities facing the utility industry today are unusual and significant.  There are risks, and when there is elevated risk in an enterprise, there is an elevated chance that the risk will turn into an actual cost increase or earnings decrease. There are opportunities as well, and when a regulated company has opportunities, there is a chance that the benefits accruing from those opportunities will not be fairly apportioned between shareholders and customer or that the regulated company will not take advantage of the opportunities.

  • Small is BIG
    The promise of modular nuclear reactors
    Jun 26, 2014 | Salvatore Salamone

    Small modular reactors with outputs in the double- to triple-digit megawatt range increasingly are being eyed as a way to drive down the costs, speed deployment and give a boost to nuclear as an energy source going forward.

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