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The Future of Energy Enabled By Smart Grid

“In addition to new energy efficiencies, we’ll be looking at social efficiencies.” -- Erich Gunther, Chief Technology Officer, EnerNex. Gunther described the many changes he foresees in the future, including the drastic improvements in energy and...

Posted September 14, 2011    

GridWeek: Collaboration is the “Smart Grid” Word of the Day

“Those we leave behind may drag us down.” P. Uma Shankar, India’s Secretary of Power, may have summarized the Monday of GridWeek best. And as the undercurrent of the GridWeek conference, “collaboration” was a much-repeated theme on the event’s...

Posted September 13, 2011    

Smart Grid: Meeting the Challenges of our Times

I was inspired by an email I read today from one of our GridWeek sponsors. A Cleveland-resident, he has chosen to cancel his plane ticket to D.C. next week and instead hop on his motorcycle in a personal memorial ride for those who died on September...

Posted September 9, 2011    

Washington Opens The Door To International Smart Grid Business

By 2030, it’s estimated that utilities worldwide will spend $378 billion (USD) to build Smart Grids, according to Innovation Observatory, and 80 percent of that spending will be concentrated in 10 countries. Major spenders will include the U.S.,...

Posted September 1, 2011    

Economics or Politics? Moving Forward with Smart Grid

As debates and negotiations over the debt ceiling have been consuming congressional leaders, policymakers’ minds are probably far from Smart Grid and the future of our energy systems -- at least right now. But, for the electricity industry, the...

Posted August 1, 2011    

Smart Grid: Getting (Even More) Heated

Very few would contest the potential benefits of Smart Grid, but the topic has always been a little … heated. Why? Perhaps the number of stakeholders involved -- surely, any time you sit consumers, policymakers, utilities, technologists, and...

Posted May 1, 2011    

Smart Grid -- Let’s Get Horizontal!

How the energy information age will change how we use powerGetting horizontal implies that today, something is vertical. So, what exactly does it mean to be vertical? Simply put, a “vertical” is the mechanism by which we focus segments of our...

Posted April 4, 2011    

Buildings are Smart Grid Consumers Too

The Smart Grid industry spends a lot of time discussing what Smart Grid means for “consumers,” most often in the residential sense. The industry pines over privacy implications and what smart meters might mean for certain demographic groups – and...

Posted January 25, 2011    

The Consumer Electronics Industry takes Smart Grid Home

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the largest show globally dedicated to new consumer electronics, and this year, the smart connected home played a central role in CES discussions. From new home automation technologies, to Smart...

Posted January 12, 2011    

Smart Grid Resolutions for the New Year … What are Yours?

The new year is a time to reflect on past events and set resolutions for the year ahead. While these personal goals are often lofty and sometimes unattainable, it’s a good opportunity to set in motion positive steps toward change. I’ve taken the...

Posted January 10, 2011    

Interoperate … or, Go Home.

“Interoperability, it’s not just a long word, it’s a long road,” said Bill Rose, Principal, WJR Consulting, Inc.This may have been one of the more quotable phrases during last week’s Grid-Interop, which attracted more than 500 Smart Grid...

Posted December 10, 2010    

Interoperability. So, what’s in it for me?

Interoperability. A word that means lots of things to lots of people and that is fundamental to the success of Smart Grid.  But it’s hard to get excited about it, unless of course, you’re part of the GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC), the...

Posted November 16, 2010