- A Week in Smart Metering

Renewable energy in the utility sector is coming of age, writes's editor Rose Bundock.
Published: Thu 26 Mar 2015

Energy risk management company DNV GL said this week that the energy sector needs to view renewables not as a “nuisance to be accommodated” but as technology that can contribute to balancing and securing electricity grids.

So to draw a fairy tale analogy, the Ugly Sisters are being asked to let Cinderella out of the cellar.

And in further evidence that Cinders may yet go to the ball, two prominent US utilities have outlined their visions for smart grids in which renewable energy sources are an integral and welcome part of the strategy.

San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company has implemented a new community solar program that will give customers the choice to cover either 50% or 100% of their electricity use with power from small and midsize solar projects within the utility’s service area as part of its Grid of Things roadmap.

While Chicago-based Commonwealth Edison’s smart grid legislative proposal will expand access to solar power to all types of homeowners from all income levels by encouraging development of community solar projects.

And on the subject of utilities adapting to change, editor of Metering International & Smart Energy magazine Claire Volkwyn will be chairing the Intelligent Grid session at the International SAP Conference for Utilities taking place in Berlin, Germany on 14 April, 2015. If you’re at the event, please find Claire to share your news and views.

And in the meantime, email me with your industry comment at


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