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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    

China Thinking Big on Smartgrid, Invested $7 Billion in 2010

China is the most active investor in Smart Grid infrastructure today.  According to a 2010 report from Zpryme, the State Grid Corporation - the largest utility in China - was projected to spend $7.3 billion in that year alone on Smart Grid...

Posted November 1, 2011    

Data Analytics Key To Smart Grid

In the movie “The Graduate”, Dustin Hoffman’s character was told that the future was in plastics.  Today, he’d be told that the future is in data analytics.  Just like many other business sectors are discovering, analytics will play an...

Posted October 25, 2011    

The Smart Grid Offers a Glimpse into the Internet of Things

Smart Grid deployments are not only delivering improved energy security, grid reliability, and consumer control to us, they are bringing the Internet of Things closer to reality.  The Internet of Things (IoT) is defined in the Smart Grid...

Posted October 18, 2011    

Who is Responsible for Educating Consumers About Energy Data Privacy?

The Smart Grid presents a number of challenges to policy-makers and utilities, but perhaps none is more vexing than the question of who will educate consumers about the rewards and risks of energy consumption data that can be derived from smart...

Posted October 10, 2011    

Thinking Globally and Acting Locally with Microgrids

Smart Grid technologies that enable integration of renewable sources of energy and energy storage into the distribution grid, along with new energy management software solutions, are propelling the deployment of microgrids in college and business...

Posted September 27, 2011    

Can Microgrids Eliminate Energy Poverty?

We take electricity for granted.  In the USA and other developed nations, we are wired up with electricity that is readily available.  Blackouts are infrequent, notwithstanding causes based in natural disasters or human error.  ...

Posted September 23, 2011    

Data Analytics at the Grid Edge – Killer Apps or Overkill?

The recent exits of Google’s PowerMeter and Microsoft’s Hohm products targeted at consumers have some industry watchers asking if residential consumers really care about home energy consumption data.  Where we once had a monthly bill that...

Posted September 14, 2011    

Best Practices for Big Data in the Smart Distribution Grid

It’s big, complex, mission-critical, constantly in flux, and experiencing a convergence of information technologies (IT) and operations technologies (OT).  The distribution grid is the link of the electricity supply chain from the substation to...

Posted September 7, 2011