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Ben Franklin – America’s First Proponent of Energy Efficiency

Ben Franklin, the first American genius, achieved fame and notoriety for his electricity research, which included that famous kite-flying experiment.  But did you know that he first described the concept of treating energy efficiency as an...

Posted January 16, 2012    

New Privacy Guidelines for Electricity Data Will Help Protect Consumers

It’s difficult to imagine life without electricity.  Our lives and lifestyles are so thoroughly intertwined with electricity that any disruptions in power can rapidly transform from minor inconveniences into life-threatening situations. ...

Posted January 10, 2012    

What Consumers Don’t Know About Electricity Deregulation Can Hurt Them

Pennsylvania has one year of experience with deregulation of its electricity markets.  Residential, commercial, and industrial customers can now switch to alternative electricity suppliers in a quest to manage the generation and transmission...

Posted January 3, 2012    

5 Things US Congressional Representatives Need to Hear About the Smart Grid

As the US Congressional representatives head home to their respective districts, some of which defy all logic in terms of that contortionist geography called gerrymandering, it’s a perfect opportunity to attend their town hall meetings to offer...

Posted December 28, 2011    

Renewables, Energy Storage & Data Analytics: The 3 Sisters of the Smart Grid

American history buffs and foodies know the story of the three sisters of agriculture, a brilliant combinatorial planting technique practiced by Native Americans.  This uniquely American agricultural invention elegantly illustrates the concept...

Posted December 19, 2011    

Software Applications Poised for Growth in the Smart Grid

Intermittent renewables, energy storage, and management and analytics software applications are a triad of synergistic technologies.  Synergy happens when two or more things combined produce more than their separate efforts could produce....

Posted December 13, 2011    

How The Smart Grid Can Solve Climate Change

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change begins its latest meeting today in Durban, South Africa.  Only the sunniest of optimists expect real progress in forging a global agreement as developing and developed nations argue...

Posted December 5, 2011    

How Smart Grid Keeps You Safe in Winter Storms

On October 29, a significant portion of the population of the Northeast USA was inconvenienced by a loss of power caused by an unusually early winter storm.  As the worst case scenario played out, overburdened trees created multiple breaks in...

Posted November 28, 2011    

Getting Consumers to Cross the Smart Grid Chasm

Two years ago, the Smart Grid industry was debating the pros and cons of different displays to deliver electricity prices, rates of consumption, and current bill amounts.  Unfortunately, no one really asked consumers what they preferred, but...

Posted November 21, 2011    

Utilities' Consumption Conundrum

Every business wants to grow the sales of their product or service – telecom carriers want you to consume more minutes of smart phone use, restaurants want you to eat out more often, and retailers love to see repeat customers walk into their stores...

Posted November 14, 2011    

Getting Energy Communication Right for 7 Billion People

We marked a milestone on October 31, 2011 by hitting a human population total of 7 billion. Most of the world’s population lives in cities, and nations have been planning to make them as livable, sustainable, and resource-efficient as possible. For...

Posted November 9, 2011    

Smart Grid Technologies and Trends Find Wider Applications

 I'm at an international conference in Dalian, China that is focused on ubiquitous networks and theInternet of Things. That makes it all the more ironic that you can't get WiFi here. We're talking to eachother, but not to the outside world. The...

Posted November 8, 2011