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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    

Killer Apps For The Smartgrid

Silicon Valley is always chasing the next killer app, and it’s an activity that is very relevant to the Smart Grid.  What are the killer apps?  It depends on your perspective.  In some cases, the answer will be a technology...

Posted September 2, 2011    

Smart Grid- The Best Approach to Put America Back to Work

The Smart Grid increases our energy security by reducing dependence on oil that only gets more costly to extract or protect.  The Smart Grid improves our economic security with a 21st century energy infrastructure that allows us to cost-...

Posted August 25, 2011    

The Real Concern about Smart Meters

Smart meters can be positively transformative for consumers to control their use of electricity.  But there are concerns about them that are threatening to slow down deployments in some areas. That has ramifications to Smart Grid plans...

Posted August 18, 2011    

Address Smart Meter Concerns with Communication On Benefits

Smart meters are a source of contention in some areas of the USA, slowing down Smart Grid progress. What is it about a communicating meter – one that uses radio frequencies to transmit consumption information – that is causing opposition? Reasons...

Posted August 8, 2011    

Clean Renewables and Clean Energy Storage – A Perfect Combination of Domestic Resources

There are interesting synergies between renewable energy and energy storage that have profound implications for the Smart Grid and our energy and economic security.  Wind and solar are readily available domestic sources of clean renewable...

Posted August 1, 2011    

The Energy Storage Hand Gets More Interesting

The cards dealt to the energy storage industry are looking better now than in the past. Here are three of them, all played because of the growing presence of Smart Grid technologies that enable solutions and policies that encourage energy storage...

Posted July 25, 2011    

How Consumer Experience Managers Can Help Utilities

The newest trend in utility/customer relationships is the growing number of Consumer Experience Manager (CEM) positions that are appearing in utilities. What is a consumer experience? Quite simply, the interactions that a consumer can have with a...

Posted July 18, 2011    

Smart Grid Needs Smart Buildings and Policy

Buildings consume an extraordinary amount of energy in the USA.  Commercial, industrial, or residential expend their energy in different categories, but numerous studies have shown that energy efficiency and intelligent building technologies...

Posted July 11, 2011    

Should We Monetize Personal Energy Consumption Data?

The recent announcements about the retirements of Google’s PowerMeter and Microsoft’s Hohm are not causes for concern for Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS) vendors. These were early starts that helped educate the market about the value of energy...

Posted July 4, 2011    

Utilities Must Improve Their Messages to Communicate the Benefits of Smart Meters

Utilities have a real challenge in succinctly communicating the benefits of smart meters.  Some benefits are not easily distilled into sound-bites.  However, utilities must improve their outreach to consumers to ensure that consumers...

Posted June 28, 2011