Emergency Preparedness and Operations Reliability Standards

Most of the world was stunned to hear that Hurricane Maria left the island of Puerto Rico completely without electricity. When Hurricane Irma hit Florida, utilities across the United States sent thousands of linemen and other utility workers to assist Florida utilities. The picture below highlights a portion

National Grid recently received the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities’ approval to begin a two year comprehensive smart grid pilot. An important element of the pilot is the company’s focus on customer outreach and education. Cited as its “listen, test, and learn” approach, National Grid will use a variety of different communication channels, both traditional

Join speaker Linda R. Evers for a Webinar focused on the public relations aspects of the smart meter debate. Taking place July 31, “Smart Meter Best Practices: Public Relations and Managing Expectations” is an informational webinar geared toward utility companies and will outline how an effective communications plan can prepare utility companies for smart meter

Through a recent press release, the Illinois Commerce Commission stated that Ameren Illinois’ AMI plan could not be approved because it would have to rely on either including gas meters or a compliance period longer than ten years, neither of which is allowed in the statute. Additionally, the Commission determined that the cost-benefit analysis

On February 8, 2011, George Jepsen, attorney general for the State of Connecticut submitted a brief requesting the Department of Public Utility Control reject CL&P’s AMI deployment plan, citing the $500 million dollar ratepayer-funded plan would yield few benefits. Since CL&P customers already benefit from AMR meters, the AG does not believe the price tag

In a surprising move, DP&L asked the Public Utility Commission of Ohio to be allowed to withdraw its Advanced Metering Infrastructure and Smart Grid business cases that were approved in June 2009. Reserving the right to revisit AMI and Smart Grid deployment in the future, DP&L cited factors beyond its reasonable control in the memo filed

In an order that took many by surprise, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission slashed $14.8 million in cost recovery from the Public Service Company of Colorado’s (“PSC”) smart grid pilot. PSC is a subsidiary of the trailblazer Xcel Energy. This reduction is in spite of a settlement where parties agreed to, and ALJ G. Harris Adams

Despite having approved Central Maine Power’s (CMP’s) Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI) plan in February 2010 as a program designed to “improve customer service, enhance storm restoration efforts, reduce utility operational costs, save ratepayer and utility costs, and ultimately provide customers with necessary tools to use electricity more efficiently,” on January 4, 2011, the Maine


OG&E filed an application on December 17,2010 with the Arkansas Public Service Commission seeking approval to recover costs for the installation of smart meters and related smart grid technology. OG&E is hoping that when armed knowledge and information about the real time price of energy, customers will make energy-use decisions that shift demand away from