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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    

Innovative Solutions Target the Energy/Water Nexus

My Thanksgiving list put contemporary entrepreneurs at the top.  Their efforts are paying off in the improvements in renewable energy harvesting technologies, increasing the range of cost-effective energy storage technologies, and...

Posted December 3, 2013    

A Smart Grid Thanksgiving List

The Atlantic magazine had a recent article about the top 50 innovations in human history in the last 6000 years.  Number one on the list was the printing press.  It beat electricity (#2) as the most game-changing technology breakthrough....

Posted November 27, 2013    

Transitioning to Transactive Energy: Our Next Moon Shot?

Last week I discussed the transition to renewable energy sources for our electricity supply.  It is difficult for some to envision a world organized around different sources of energy, but as Greg Abel, the CEO of MidAmerican Energy Holdings...

Posted November 19, 2013    

Renewable Energy: Breaking the Fixation on Fossil Fuels

There’s an interesting thought exercise titled Renewable Energy: Shifting Sources of Power initially published in the Government Gazette and reprinted in the Energy Post about the role that renewables can play in global energy policies....

Posted November 12, 2013