Archive for March, 2011

John Rowe Speech at AEI

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Well worth watching:




Great Video on the Smart Grid From PBS

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

I have long contended that too many proponents of the smart grid, as well as too many reporters and analysts, focus on the savings available to customers who appliances off-peak, which causes the public’s eyes to glaze over. But this PBS video explains, in language the average American can understand, that the main benefit is in increasing the efficiency of the grid as well as providing electronic notification of problems. This results in fewer outages, and being able to pinpoint problems much quicker, thus decreasing the downtime when outages occur. I cannot cite any sources for my opinion, but I believe most customers would gladly pay higher rates for better service (although the outage savings would not be measurable other than by comparison to previous years and length of downtime, since you cannot measure events that do not happen).

Watch it: You’ll be glad you did.