Boulder-ize Me!

The City of Boulder voters narrowly approved a referendum to proceed with planning and negotiations to replace Xcel Energy, their long time energy supplier, with a new municipal utility.  This follows months of increasingly acrimonious sparing between the two made worse by the failure of the SmartGridCity demonstration project where the cost of installing a Read more about Boulder-ize Me![…]

POWER PLAYS: My Scorecard for Energy M&A

The traditional utility central station business model is under assault by drivers of change over which the utility has little control.  In my recent post Utility Merger Mania? I talked about the factors I felt would drive utility mergers and my differences with the factors S&P’s Todd Shipman (whom I know from my days as Read more about POWER PLAYS: My Scorecard for Energy M&A[…]

SmartGridCity Decision Nears

The Office of Consumer Counsel has filed its objections to the recommended decision in the SmartGridCity proceeding.  Now the decision is before the Commission.  What will they do? The clock is ticking down on a decision by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission on whether to grant a certificate of public convenience and necessity to Xcel Read more about SmartGridCity Decision Nears[…]

Full Cost Recovery for Smart Grid City

You will recall that even in progressive Boulder, Colorado there was a public outcry over the higher than expected cost of the Smart Grid City experiment with smart meter technology.  To assuage the outcry the Colorado Public Utilities Commission opened a proceeding and threatened to disallow the cost overruns by denying Xcel Energy a regulatory Read more about Full Cost Recovery for Smart Grid City[…]

UX and the Bakersfield Effect

User Experience (UX) and the Bakersfield Effect are not yet terms that go hand in hand—but they will be.  I know the title of this post sounds way too geeky but it says a lot in few words about what is going on in the successful—or not so successful deployment of smart meter technology. Unless Read more about UX and the Bakersfield Effect[…]

Boulder Bails on Smart Grid City

The City of Boulder, Colorado bailed out of the Smart Grid City proceeding before the Colorado Public Service Commission asking to withdraw its filed testimony.  The City said its City Council was divided on the project and just wanted it to go away. That’s the widely held sentiment on this failed smart grid pilot project Read more about Boulder Bails on Smart Grid City[…]

Smart Grid City Prudence is a Cruel Mistress

It all started so innocently.  Let’s make a big splash on our smart grid initiatives by using Boulder, Colorado as a showcase for smart meter installation.  Boulder will love it—it’s so-o-o green! So Xcel Energy issues its press releases and got politicians and activists involved.  It’s the Boulder way, you know.  It fast tracked the Read more about Smart Grid City Prudence is a Cruel Mistress[…]

Smart Grid Gets Adult Supervision in Maryland

The company is asking its customers “to take significant financial and technological risks and adapt to categorical changes in rate designs, all in exchange for savings that are largely indirect, highly contingent, and a long way off.” —Maryland Public Service Commission to BGE With that conclusion, the Maryland Public Service Commission rejected Baltimore Gas & Read more about Smart Grid Gets Adult Supervision in Maryland[…]

Smart Grid Smack Down in Maryland

“Although we share BG&E’s (and others) hopes and even enthusiasm for the long run potential for the infrastructure upgrades known colloquially as “smart grid”, we find the business case for this proposal untenable.  The proposal asks BG&E customers to take significant financial and technological risks, and adapt to categorical changes in rate design, all in Read more about Smart Grid Smack Down in Maryland[…]

California's Smart Grid Road Rules

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) outlined its strategy for living into the smart grid promise in California on May 21, 2010.[1] The proposed decision allows the other commissioners and the public to react to the draft and recommend improvements before the full CPUC takes up the matter in about a month. The proposed decision Read more about California's Smart Grid Road Rules[…]