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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    

The Smart Grid Builds Energy and Climate Security

As American citizens debate intervention in Syria, it’s important to remember one of the main reasons why we’re involved in this turbulent region.  One word – energy.  We’re there to protect shipping lanes that transport oil from producing...

Posted September 11, 2013    

The Existential Threat to Utilities, and Why Transactive Energy is the Answer

Distributed generation (DG) has been called an existential threat to electric utilities.   But it doesn’t have to be a doomsday scenario, and there’s interesting work going on in the field of Transactive Energy that envisions a much more...

Posted September 3, 2013    

Intelligent Water Consumption: Next Frontier for the Smart Grid?

The Rim Fire, a conflagration centered in California’s Tuolumne County, is larger than the city boundaries of Chicago (with its own interesting history about fire.)  This fire threatens critical power and water infrastructure as well as...

Posted August 27, 2013    

Paying For Climate Change Adaptations And Grid Resiliency

This is the third installment in a three part series focused on climate change adaption, grid infrastructure and resiliency upgrades, and funding. Climate change adaptation plans to harden our electrical infrastructure will be unavoidable and...

Posted August 20, 2013    

Failure Not an Option, Except For American Energy Infrastructure

If your child came home with a report card that had a cumulative grade of a D, what would you do?  You might make investments in tutors, or pay closer attention to homework quality.  You wouldn’t shrug your shoulders and just continue on....

Posted August 13, 2013