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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    

The First Five Smart Grid and Smart City Predictions for 2020

There are a number of prognostications about 2014 Smart Grid trends and anticipated accomplishments.  This article offers a longer and broader view out to 2020.  That’s a milestone year for renewable portfolio standards (RPS) in twelve...

Posted January 7, 2014    

What's In a Word – A Microgrid or a Managed Grid?

College campuses are often identified as excellent candidates for microgrid deployments, and indeed, many have had them for years, without calling them microgrids.  They had local generation, traditionally in the form of CHP (Combined Heat and...

Posted December 17, 2013    

Technologies Meld As History Repeats Itself

The Smart Grid is often described as bi-directional energy and information flows, enabled by a convergence of information technologies (IT) with operational technologies (OT).  That’s all true, but the word convergence is getting frayed from...

Posted December 10, 2013