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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    

Multiple Paths to Grid Evolution: No One Size Fits All

The primary Smart Grid transformation drivers are technology, policy, and financial innovations.  Of these three drivers, technology and policy are much further advanced than finance.  Perhaps no country has been more aggressive in its...

Posted October 2, 2013    

Energy Infrastructure: Catastrophe Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Catastrophes happen all over the world, but their definitions are unique.  For a utility confronting a death spiral, that’s a catastrophe.  For a state regulatory policy agency assessing devastating infrastructure damage, that’s a...

Posted September 24, 2013    

Transactive Energy: American Perspectives on Grid Transformations

There are many Smart Grid pilots ongoing in the USA initiated courtesy of funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) program.  But a few of them originated from utilities before the economic meltdown.  These...

Posted September 17, 2013