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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    

The Utility as a Brand: Is It Worth It?

The Smart Grid sector has an extensive number of conferences, symposiums, and webinars featuring presenters that offer all types of advice to utilities.  A good speaker should offer provocative ideas that are positioned to be relevant to the...

Posted November 6, 2013    

Carbon is the Problem: Is Graphene the Solution?

Carbon emissions cause climate change.  Intelligent policy in the public and private sectors works to reduce CO2 emissions  – through actions as varied as the recent EPA decision to throttle back atmospheric pollution from power...

Posted October 30, 2013    

Consumer Engagement: Utilities Can Make it Happen

I’m jet-lagged after 3 weeks of business travel in Europe. My colleague, Chris Kotting, is giving me a welcome recuperative break and writing this week’s article.  It’s a great description of how to successfully communicate and engage with...

Posted October 23, 2013    

On-Bill Repayment Programs Need the Will to Succeed in California

Financial innovations are a key driver for transforming the traditional grid into a Smart Grid, one that is capable of completing the vision of Transactive Energy.  As described in my October 7 article, innovations in finance that encourage...

Posted October 15, 2013    

How On-Bill Finance Innovates Energy Efficiency Investments

We need big and bold thinking at our national level to address climate change and grid resiliency.  Transactive energy is one example of that type of thinking.  Big and bold thinking also has to apply to financial innovations to build a...

Posted October 8, 2013