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Could the NSA Reduce CO2 Emissions?

April Fools’ Day in the USA inspires pranks and hoaxes, and smart readers beware unusual news stories on that day. Here are some fictional news headlines and stories that if real, would certainly accelerate Smart Grid and other infrastructure...

Posted April 1, 2014    

Residential Customers: A Critical Segment for Utility Survival Plans

Residential electricity consumers are a large but underserved group that could significantly impact the success and directions for the utilities of the future.  They represent the biggest number of meters in the USA.  According to the...

Posted March 25, 2014    

Advances in Graphene R&D Portend Significant Changes for Energy

Gamechanging technologies don’t just happen overnight.  There’s usually substantial time and money invested in basic research and development, a temporary lull as R&D moves into commercialization, and then an infusion of that technology in...

Posted March 18, 2014    

Energy Sources, Infrastructure, and Geopolitics: The Necessary Underpinnings to Resiliency Planning

The Smart Grid has to accomplish two objectives from an infrastructure perspective to achieve grid modernization. It has to upgrade the 20thcentury electrical grid infrastructure to the 21stcentury, and meld it with a modern, robust, and secure...

Posted March 11, 2014    

Will Batteries Be a Defining Technology Achievement in this Decade?

The 20th century was a time of extraordinary growth and change.  In the first half of that century, relatively new technologies like electricity and telecommunications indelibly altered every aspect of life. In the latter half of the 20th...

Posted March 4, 2014    

Will California Get Smart About Water?

The California drought is big news for the state and the nation.  California’s agriculture sector, which supplies about half the nation’s fruit and vegetables and uses about 80% of the state’s water, will have to idle about half a million acres...

Posted February 25, 2014    

Three Important Energy Reality Checks

There were three important reality checks in the energy sector last week.  First, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Edison Electric Institute (EEI) issued a joint statement of eight recommendations aimed at policy-makers...

Posted February 18, 2014    

The Electric Utility Singularity

A singularity is a term that is used in mathematics, physics, and advanced artificial intelligence.  The definitions vary based on perspective, but in simple terms, it signifies the point where old rules break down.  This is exactly where...

Posted February 11, 2014    

Will Google Play By Utility Privacy Rules?

January 28, 2014 was Data Privacy Day.  Two recent news stories – the thefts of sensitive consumer data from national retailers including Target and Google’s $3.2B acquisition of smart thermostat maker Nest are stimulating much-needed...

Posted February 4, 2014    

How the Smart Grid Helps Address Climate Change in California

Last week’s article on the California Energy Commission’s 2013 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) identified how climate changes impact energy needs and create new challenges for the state of California’s electricity, natural gas, and...

Posted January 29, 2014    

Climate Change, California, and the Smart Grid

The California Energy Commission (CEC) publishes an Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR – pronounced eye-per) every two years, and the 2013 IEPR was just approved this past week.  This report serves many information purposes, such as...

Posted January 21, 2014    

The Final Five Smart Grid and Smart City Predictions for 2020

Last week my article proposed the first five of ten predictions for activities, trends and changes that will occur between 2014 and 2020.  To reiterate, 2020 is a milestone year for renewable portfolio standards (RPS) in twelve states. ...

Posted January 14, 2014