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How Nanotechnologies Will Disrupt the Electrical Grid

Is it just me, or is the pace of technology innovation speeding up for you too? Acceleration is certainly evident in nanotechnology R&D. Back in December 2014 I wrote two blogs that updated my 2020 predictions first published in...

Posted April 8, 2015    

A Roadmap to Energy Efficiency in California

The California Public Utilities Commission released a draft document on energy efficiency (EE) titled California’s Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Action Plan on March 10. The document is a “10 year roadmap to activate market forces and...

Posted March 31, 2015    

Energy Efficiency 2.0: A New Definition Underway in California

What does energy efficiency mean to you? Does it mean replacing old light bulbs with energy-stingy LEDs? Is it a remodeling project that installs double or triple pane windows? Does it include upgrading appliances like air conditioners and...

Posted March 25, 2015    

What Energy Harvesting Means to Smart Grid and M2M Sectors

New terms and jargon sometimes appear over time. “Sustainable” is one example. From a shorthand description of smart, long term practices applied to fisheries and agriculture to thoughtful consumption embedded into modern society, it has achieved...

Posted March 17, 2015    

How Utilities Can Build Expertise with the Five V's of Data

There’s been a significant amount of hype about the Smart Grid’s four Vs of data – volume, velocity, variety, and veracity. But there’s a missing element to these discussions, and that’s the fifth V – the value of data. In the Age of the Prosumer,...

Posted March 10, 2015    

What is Prosumer Value to Utilities?

The Age of the Prosumer presents challenges for utilities accustomed to thinking of their customers in terms of kilowatthours consumed. The Smart Grid is responsible for these challenges, borne out of technology, policy, and capital innovations....

Posted March 3, 2015    

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