disruptive innovation

Can Climate Advocates Innovate?

September 1, 2015 by Justin Guay

Innovation and Environmental Advocacy

When it comes to climate change we are winning battles but losing the war. If we want to change our trajectory and solve a problem as complex as this, breakthrough innovation - in technology, business, governance, finance, and civil society - is essential.[read more]


Tesla Powerwall: What Does It Mean For Renewables?

May 4, 2015 by Clayton Handleman

Tesla Powerwall/JD Lasica

Tesla's Powerwall is not a technology breakthrough. It is revolutionary only in its timing, who is doing it and the fact that Musk and company offers the leadership and credibility to disrupt the energy industry and lead us down a path to clean distributed energy.[read more]

Uber vs. Google: Electric Vehicles Are About To Get Really Interesting

April 29, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence

You pick up your cell phone and open the Uber app. Within minutes a car drives up to collect you. Sounds simple and it is. It has also been one of the most disruptive events in decades. Now just imagine if Uber were to get disrupted itself within the next five to ten years.[read more]

Is Energy Efficiency Disrupting the Electric Utilities' Business Model?

April 13, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Utility Disruption

Decreased demand should dictate a contraction in the generation sector, but the situation is made more complex by seasonal fluctuations and changing demographics. Warmer summers and a population shift to states in the south and west run counter to the general trend with increasing peak seasonal load.[read more]

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 18, 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]