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Yes, Virginia, There is CCS

December 26, 2014 by David Hone

Carbon Capture and the Future

Yes, Virginia, there is CCS. It exists as certainly as amine separation, compressors and drilling rigs exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life energy and mobility. Alas! How dreary and warm might the world be someday be if there is no CCS![read more]

Disruptive Innovations Struggle with Broken Systems

December 3, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

A colleague working for a startup with an innovative solution for the US public safety sector recently gave me a status update, and dwelled on the difficulties for his company to find an entry point. He talked about how the procurement processes in city governments were ill-suited to accommodating solutions.[read more]

The Meaning of Disruption: How Should Utilities Think About Change?

September 5, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Disruption and Change

"Disruption" is one the most overused words to describe how radical technological change can unseat incumbent businesses. It also happens to be one of the most accurate. Companies are continually reminded by an army of consultants, analysts, startups and tech bloggers about the power of disruption.[read more]

Australia's Disruptive Energy Revolution Defined

July 5, 2014 by Nigel Morris

Australia Energy Industry Disruption

I spend a lot of time trying to succinctly describe what is going on with energy, to people in all walks of life. The reality is, the issues are complex and people on both sides of the argument tend to simplify the issues down into bite sized chunks so we can get our heads around it.[read more]

5 Key Disruptors on the Grid Edge

June 26, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Grid Disruption Forces

The grid edge is a complex realm, combining traditional utility operations with the emerging world of distributed energy generation and control. Greentech Media’s inaugural Grid Edge Live conference, taking place this week in San Diego, is dedicated to finding solutions to these complex, emerging challenges.[read more]

Smart Grid and Smart Buildings Share Same Disruptive Impacts

June 24, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Buildings use 40% of all energy in the USA. The National Academy of Sciences reported that if buildings fully deployed available energy efficiency technologies and programs, we could avoid construction of new electricity-generating plants in the USA until 2030.[read more]

Applying Brainpower to Address the Global Sustainability Crisis

May 20, 2014 by Steven Cohen

The world faces an unprecedented global sustainability crisis. It is caused by various factors, including climate change, the stress on the planet's ecosystems by developed economies, and the drive for economic growth in the developing world.[read more]

Fitch Ratings: Net Metering Can Destabilize Entire Utility Industry

December 27, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

Net Metering and Disruption

Attention everyone concerned about the potential for net metering to completely upend power utility business models: Buckle up, because net metering is taking off. Customer adoption of net metering policy has grown fast, and has become a small but rapidly growing component of total retail electricity sales.[read more]


Re-engineering Internal Combustion Engine Could Deliver Big MPG Boost at Lower Cost with Fewer Emissions

October 17, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

Internal Combustion Redesign?

Securing America’s Future Energy shined a spotlight on Achates Power as a finalist for its Emerging Innovation Award created to showcased technologies that are driving fundamental improvements in energy security and that have the potential to reach the market within the next five years.[read more]

Energy Storage: Testing Zinc-Air Grid Batteries

May 6, 2013 by Jeff St. John

Eos Zinc-Air Grid Batteries

Eos Energy Storage, the startup that says its zinc-air battery chemistry can provide grid-scale energy storage at unprecedentedly low costs, has just landed its first utility pilot partner to test it out.[read more]

The Energy Holy Grail 12.0: Is Our Quest At Its End?

September 11, 2012 by Neal Dikeman

Holy Grail via Shutterstock


I’ve been working with new energy inventions and their creators for almost 15 years now.  I don’t know how many times I’ve heard a new technology described as “the Holy Grail”:  solving all of the world’s problems forever.Well, here’s the newest one using the Holy Grail cliche: a supposedly carbon-neutral method of using...[read more]

Big business’s big innovation problem

October 21, 2010 by Marc Gunther

To drive the environmental change the planet needs, industrial capitalism must transform itself, radically if not necessarily rapidly. Disruptive, breakthrough innovation is needed, on a mass scale. Government is failing us. Can business step up? Innovation is on my mind because I’m just back from the GreenBiz Innovation Forum, a two-day...[read more]

Google Energy to start disrupting the utility industry

January 10, 2010 by Tom Raftery

Photo credit filippo minelli There is no doubt about it but Google is a disruptive company. First Google disrupted search, then advertising, then video (with their acquisition of YouTube), and then Office applications with the launch and continued development of Google Apps for Domains. Most recently Google has disrupted the...[read more]

Al Gore at CGI: Capitalism Isn’t Just a Dirty Word

September 24, 2009 by Tim Hurst

On day two at the Clinton Global initiative the big draw for the Eco-minded was Al Gore, presiding over a panel on Innovation. The panelists — former Nobel Prize Winner Muhammad Yunis, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala the Managing Director of The World Bank Group, and a surprisingly charismatic (if a little over energized for the Al Gore vibe)...[read more]