What Are the Hottest Sectors for Next-Generation Energy Services?

May 14, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Hot Energy Service Sectors

From physical assets to analytics, there is an almost endless array of activity located at the grid edge. But when it comes to things like the areas with the most innovative companies, the analytics space is quite clearly in the lead for now.[read more]

Survey: Only 32% Of Utilities Know What Kind of Data Analytics They Use

January 28, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Utilities and Data Analytics

When 235 utility respondents were asked by Black & Veatch what sort of data analytics their utility was using to improve operational performance, many said they simply didn’t know. Deploying technologies effectively is a bit of a head scratcher for many utilities.[read more]

Renewables, Energy Storage & Data Analytics: The 3 Sisters of the Smart Grid

December 19, 2011 by Christine Hertzog

American history buffs and foodies know the story of the three sisters of agriculture, a brilliant combinatorial planting technique practiced by Native Americans.  This uniquely American agricultural invention elegantly illustrates the concept of synergy.  Synergy is defined as the interactions of two or more things combined to...[read more]

Software Applications Poised for Growth in the Smart Grid

December 13, 2011 by Christine Hertzog

Intermittent renewables, energy storage, and management and analytics software applications are a triad of synergistic technologies.  Synergy happens when two or more things combined produce more than their separate efforts could produce.  The combination of these three technologies can deliver more reliable electricity and...[read more]

Killer Apps For The Smartgrid

September 2, 2011 by Christine Hertzog

Silicon Valley is always chasing the next killer app, and it’s an activity that is very relevant to the Smart Grid.  What are the killer apps?  It depends on your perspective.  In some cases, the answer will be a technology breakthrough in materials science rather than an innovation in software or communications –...[read more]

Google PowerMeter: Smothered by Utilities?

June 30, 2011 by Peter Troast

It’s sad that Google has abandoned PowerMeter, but not surprising. Their conviction for the product has been waning for months now, and I publicly predicted they'd dump it in my energy feedback devices talk at the ACI Conference back in March. Smart writers like Martin Lamonica at CNET and Katie Fehrenbacher at Earth2Tech have...[read more]