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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    

The Coming Revolution in Utility Contact Centers

Common industry consensus holds that Smart Grid technologies and policies will enable utilities to deploy new products and services in the pursuit of safe, reliable, and cost-effective electricity. Aspects of utility operations will become easier –...

Posted May 7, 2014    

Wanted: Smart Grid Policies for 14 Million Homes

The multifamily home market is not the only segment that is missing out on Smart Grid benefits. There’s another market segment that is also woefully absent from participation in Smart Grid-enabled programs and solutions.  And just like the...

Posted April 29, 2014    

How I Went to an Energy Storage Conference and a Data Analytics Session Broke Out

Rodney Dangerfield had a great line about how he went to the fights and a hockey game broke out. It was a concise and witty commentary on the frequency of bench-emptying fist fights between hockey teams. We’re going to witness a similar trend in...

Posted April 22, 2014    

The Smart Grid and Multifamily Dwelling Challenges

There are many disconnects and dysfunctions in the multifamily real estate market that are beyond the ability of renters or property owners alone to resolve.  There are multiple challenges in a market segment that includes stakeholders with...

Posted April 16, 2014    

Can a Systems Engineering Approach Solve Consumption Challenges in the Electricity Value Chain?

A system is a set of inter-related components that interact in an organized fashion toward a common purpose.  When you add living organisms like humans, it becomes an ecosystem.  The electric grid was a complex system, but the advent of...

Posted April 8, 2014