• Challenges and Opportunities: Smart cities and the smart grid
    Insight Article | 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.
  • Essent’s Erwin van Laethem
    View from the Top | Jul 27, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
    European utilities, with their business models threatened, are reimagining their business, intent on sharpening their customer focus. We recently talked about it with Erwin van Laethem, Essent chief executive officer, at an industry gathering in Berlin.
  • Is the prosumer knocking on your door?
    Insight Article | 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).
  • Study Ontario for Time-Of-Use (TOU) Lessons
    Insight Article | 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?
  • New Approaches to Installing Vital Equipment
    John C. Houston, CenterPoint Energy
    View from the Top | Jul 20, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg
    CenterPoint Energy recently took part in a heralded study of how to ease transformer deployments to achieve greater grid resilience. We talked to John C. Houston, CenterPoint Energy division senior vice president of high voltage delivery and compliance, about the effort and its significance.
  • Will Australia's changing grid include the death spiral?
    Insight Article | 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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