Smart Grid as Marketing Tool

Proponents of smart grids always seem to highlight Demand Response (DR). Articles, such as the April 10 article in Intelligent Utility Daily, cite examples of how Demand Response can reduce demand during periods of peak load. The article explains how Continue reading Smart Grid as Marketing Tool

Insight Into Smart Meters

The hype surrounding the smart grid has resulted in smart meters being equated with the smart grid. Smart meters can improve certain aspects of the distribution system, and can play a very limited role in efficiently managing the grid, but Continue reading Insight Into Smart Meters

MIT Report on Grid Problems

The recent MIT report, The Future of the Electric Grid, establishes why changes are needed to the grid, i.e., to create the smart grid. What’s remarkable about the MIT report is that it leads to conclusions that are opposite of Continue reading MIT Report on Grid Problems

Dynamic Pricing

The ability to price electricity based on its cost, which varies during the 24-hour day, is projected to be a major benefit of smart meters. Customers would be charged a higher price during peak periods when electricity costs the most Continue reading Dynamic Pricing

Demand Response with Smart Meters

Demand Response (DR) is a process for trimming electrical load, also referred to as load shedding, to reduce peak loads on a portion of the grid. Load shedding has been used by utilities for many years, usually in cooperation with Continue reading Demand Response with Smart Meters

The Slippery Slope

What’s driving energy policy for generating and using electricity? Consider what happens when an initial assumption produces a requirement that begets another, and then another, and so on down a cascading series of actions. Here’s what happens when policy decisions Continue reading The Slippery Slope