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The Age of the Prosumer

Do you remember when caveat emptor (buyer beware) was the predominant business attitude about customers? Over time, we’ve witnessed the evolution to what has been declared the Age of the Customer*. Companies that do well in the Age of the Customer...

Posted February 25, 2015    

A Critical Issue: Water Resiliency

A crisis is a terrible thing to waste. It took a drought of epic proportions to force the Australian nation to radically reform its water policies and practices. California is now in the fourth year of its own serious drought, with growing negative...

Posted February 17, 2015    

What A Down Under Drought Can Teach California About Water

Two important drought-related events happened in California late last year. The state received much-needed rainfall in December, and it convened a daylong conference in Sacramento to compare Australian and Californian water policies. Australia...

Posted February 10, 2015    

A Cybersafety Culture Can Help Reduce Energy Usage Data Privacy Risks

Thanks to M2M and Smart Grid technologies, new energy usage data can be invaluable to help intelligently manage energy and reduce utility operations costs and consumer costs. However, new data means new privacy risks for consumers (residential,...

Posted February 3, 2015    

Energy Data Privacy Risks: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Wednesday is Data Privacy Day in the USA, and it should receive heightened awareness after the recent Sony Pictures cyberattack. While media attention focused on cybersecurity weaknesses, privacy is the natural consequence of good cybersecurity....

Posted January 27, 2015    

Four Terms Every Utility Executive Must Know

Jargon is a fact of life in any business sector, and as the author of the Smart Grid Dictionary, I assure you its quite prolific in the Smart Grid sector. Jargon has a beneficial purpose. It is useful referential shorthand that encapsulates complex...

Posted January 20, 2015    

Will California's Energy Policy Become the World's Energy Policy?

California recently was ranked by the World Bank as number eight in world economies, ahead of Russia and Italy and just behind Brazil. Jerry Brown, re-elected as governor, delivered an inaugural address that included an energy policy in the form of...

Posted January 13, 2015    

Three Important Takeaways for Success in the Smart Grid Ecosystem

The market opportunities are quite promising. The USA’s electricity ecosystem is transforming as new Smart Grid technologies, regulatory policies, and capitalization mechanisms disrupt the status quo. It should be a no-brainer for companies to enter...

Posted January 6, 2015    

The Final Five Smart Grid Predictions: A Progress Report

I made ten predictions in January 2014 about Smart Grid and Smart City trends and changes that will occur between 2014 and 2020. Here is an update on the final five predictions. The first five were reviewed last week. You can review the full...

Posted December 17, 2014    

Great Progress on Smart Grid and Smart City Predictions for 2020

How much can change in a year? When it comes to Smart Grid and Smart City topics, the answer is quite simply – a lot can change. Here’s progress report on my ten predictions about Smart Grid and Smart Cities activity by 2020. The first five are...

Posted December 9, 2014    

Disruptive Innovations Struggle with Broken Systems

A colleague working for a startup with an innovative solution for the US public safety sector recently gave me a status update on the sector, and dwelled on the difficulties for his company to find an entry point in this sector. He talked about how...

Posted December 3, 2014    

Talking Points for Thanksgiving Dinner

We all have one – a family member or friend who faithfully regurgitates the weird combination of fiction and paranoia dispensed by the US-based news channel that is anything but “fair and balanced”. The US Thanksgiving holiday is approaching, and...

Posted November 26, 2014