The utility industry has a reputation for being stodgy and slow to innovate and change. Yet one of its main regulators is quite different. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has often taken the lead when it comes to embracing technology and adopting new ways of connecting with the public. From electronic filing to webcasts

I recently had the opportunity to interview the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Robert F. Powelson, regarding his views on smart meter opt-outs and other issues affecting Pennsylvania’s energy future. Because I live and practice in Pennsylvania, I may be biased but I think Smart Grid Legal News readers will agree it is

Today my friend Commissioner Tim Simon provides us with insight regarding the California Public Utility Commission’s Smart Meter Privacy Order.

Evers: Commissioner Simon, California has long been an energy policy leader. Now with the popularity of the smart grid, the CPUC is often in the national spotlight. Regulators and industry participants nationwide follow your rulings.

Jason_Brogden_photo.jpgWhen we discover friends in unexpected places, we often say, “It’s a small world.” While I usually cover the smart grid issues throughout the US, today’s post connects us to our utility friends across the pond. The Smart Utility Summit 2011 will take place on June 28-29, 2011, at the Chelsea Football Club, London, UK.

Pecan Street Project has kicked off the first phase of its smart grid demonstration project in the Mueller community of Austin, Texas. One hundred residences volunteered to have Incenergy’s Home Smart Grid System installed. This system will capture electric and gas usage data for the home and six major appliances on a minute-by-minute basis. It