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Reimagining Infrastructure

Walt Disney said it best:  “If you can dream it, you can do it.” That’s the challenge for this generation and the ones succeeding it when it comes creating Smart Grids out of today’s infrastructure for energy and water.  We’re much further...

Posted July 30, 2014    

How One Industry Association Would Transform the Grid

Back in January 2014 when we were still packing up holiday decorations, the Obama administration initiated a Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), a comprehensive survey of energy production, infrastructure, and transport in the USA. The Department of...

Posted July 23, 2014    

Drought and Energy: An Interesting Water/Energy Nexus

The water/energy nexus and the ramifications of this closely intertwined relationship, particularly with energy generation, needs to gain awareness beyond policy wonks in the western states of the USA. These previous blogs about California...

Posted July 16, 2014    

No More Tinkering: How Reinventing the Oven is Like Reinventing the Grid

How do you build a better oven? That’s a question Nathan Myhrvold, former CTO for Microsoft and foodie recently discussed.  He pointed out that today’s electric or natural gas-powered oven is designed on the principle first put forward five...

Posted July 8, 2014    

Recommended Beach Reading on the Water and Energy Nexus

It’s almost the fourth of July for Americans, and that means a holiday with time to read. Two interesting reports were released in June, and while not the typical frothy-light paperback novel genre, they are good reading for the beach. Spoiler alert...

Posted July 1, 2014    

Smart Grid and Smart Buildings Share Same Disruptive Impacts

The annual IBcon event always delivers on thought-provoking discussions and fresh insights about the intersections of technologies, policies, and financial drivers in the commercial real estate sector. The Smart Grid itself is the convergence of IT...

Posted June 24, 2014    

Four Important Lessons From the Borrego Springs Microgrid Pilot

There is a design and configuration practice called “graceful degradation” in telecom circles.  It diverts all communications functionality to a limited group of subscribers that have the most critical needs.  Microgrids present...

Posted June 17, 2014    

What's the Existential Threat to Utilities? Here's a Hint: It’s Not the EPA's Clean Power Plan

On June 2, 2014, the US Environmental Protection Agency unveiled the Clean Power Plan that proposes to reduce carbon emissions from power plants 30% by 2030. What are the impacts to utilities? Coal fired power plants, once responsible for 39% of...

Posted June 10, 2014    

Three Key Takeaways from the White House Energy Datapalooza

Last week I attended the White House Energy Datapalooza event in Washington, DC. It was an informational and inspirational gathering of thought leaders, policy-makers, and innovators focused on data standards and demonstrations of applications that...

Posted June 3, 2014    

Will the 2014 Smart Grid Triple Crown Go To New York State?

California Chrome is training in New York’s Belmont Park in his pursuit of horse racing’s Triple Crown.  If there was a Triple Crown for the Smart Grid, the state of New York could be the 2014 winner.  It certainly deserves attention as a...

Posted May 27, 2014    

The Two Technologies with the Greatest Impact on Utility Contact Centers

Utility contact centers will face significant transformations as utility business models transform. Re-engineering processes to accommodate captive consumer to prosumer with choices is one profound set of changes. Shifting from a cost center to a...

Posted May 20, 2014    

Smart Grid Transformations Are Opportunities for Utility Contact Centers

The New York Public Service Commission’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) report should be required reading for all electric utility executives.  As referenced in last week’s article, this document presents a well-structured framework to...

Posted May 13, 2014