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Will Utilities Thrive as Trusted Advisors or Survive as Infrastructure?

The Smart Grid delivers disruptive technologies and services that will impact the entire electricity value chain of generation, transmission, distribution and consumption- meaning utilities and consumers.  Utility operations in generation,...

Posted June 10, 2011    

Let’s Make Homes As Smart As Our Cars

It’s not easy to accurately predict the future, as a disappointed group of Rapture wannabes recently learned.  However, we can use history and examples of similar solutions to help us consider how new technologies could be incorporated into...

Posted May 31, 2011    

Big Data for the Smart Grid

Big data is one of the buzz words tossed around in Smart Grid circles these days, and it will be the subject of discussion at a session I’ll host later this week. What exactly is it?  Like the universe itself, Smart Grid data is in an expansion...

Posted May 23, 2011    

The Clean Energy Economy is the New Space Race

The Smart Grid is the critical infrastructure for a clean energy economy that delivers energy security, reduced carbon emissions, and opportunities for consumers to manage and even produce their own electricity.  A clean energy economy means...

Posted May 18, 2011    

California PUC Proposes Energy Data Privacy Rules

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a proposed decision regarding the privacy and security of electricity usage data on May 6.  This proposal sets the stage for how consumer consumption data is managed by the three...

Posted May 10, 2011    

The Smart Grid Data Learning Curve for Consumers

Last week I wrote about the challenges of Smart Grid data impacting utilities and potential outsourcing trends.  While utilities do have a learning curve to climb about data management and analytics, end users (residential, commercial, and...

Posted May 3, 2011    

A Communications Infrastructure Fit for the Smart Grid

Telecommunications networks are similar to electricity networks – no one gives a thought to them until they aren’t working as expected.  The network infrastructure to support the data communications requirements of the Smart Grid must be...

Posted April 28, 2011    

Smart Grid Data Management – The Start of an Outsourcing Trend?

The new volumes of data that can be collected via Smart Grid-enabled solutions and innovative technologies create opportunities and challenges for utilities and consumers in residential, commercial, and industrial categories.  New data about...

Posted April 26, 2011    

Change in Thinking – A Critical Innovation for Energy Security

A recent International Energy Agency (IEA) report titled the Clean Energy Progress Report reviews the global energy situation.  The IEA has a policy advisory role to 28 member countries, including the USA, for balanced energy policy making...

Posted April 12, 2011    

Bridging the Communications Gap Between Utilities and Consumers

The ongoing saga of smart meters in California and a recent opt-out ruling once again highlight the existence of a communications gap between utilities and consumers.  Watching this slow motion communications disaster play out leads me to two...

Posted March 28, 2011    

The Times They Are A’Changin, and We Better Get Used to It

Technology is easy, change is hard.  It doesn’t matter if it’s individual or systemic change – it is more difficult to modify human attitudes and behaviors than invent disruptive, game-changing technologies or services.  Keep this in mind...

Posted March 21, 2011    

Catastrophe and Grid Resiliency

The devastating earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan offer horrifying visuals of a geologic worst case scenario.   It may also deliver a worst case disaster scenario for their national electrical system as some nuclear plants are...

Posted March 13, 2011