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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    

Climate Change Will Force Extensive Changes to US Power Grid

A recently released report from the US Department of Energy (DOE) details the impacts of climate change on our energy grid (electricity, oil/gas pipelines, etc.), and it is a sobering read.   Titled the “U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities...

Posted August 6, 2013    

The Zeitgeist of Net Metering and Distributed Generation

Zeitgeist is a German word that roughly translates to the mood or spirit of a period of time.  A few commissioners at the recent National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) event in Denver used the term in discussions about...

Posted July 30, 2013    

The Smart Grid Means Standing Room Only in Silicon Valley

What could generate a standing room only crowd in an upscale hotel in Menlo Park? It was an event focused on the Green Button initiative.  The agenda offered the opportunity to hear from Nick Sinai, the Deputy US Chief Technology Officer at the...

Posted July 23, 2013    

Re-Engineering Energy: A Dutch Perspective

Universities and other public/private initiatives in the Netherlands have very interesting activities focused in Smart Grid technology and services innovations.  I had the welcome opportunity to moderate an exchange of information and ideas...

Posted July 16, 2013    

Smart Grid: American Energy Independence

The Fourth of July has very special meaning to Americans as our official proclamation of political and economic independence, couched in terms of human rights.  2013 also marks the 150th anniversary of the bloodiest battle ever waged by...

Posted July 9, 2013    

Ten Startup Tips for Utility CEOs: The Final Five

Last week the Obama administration made news with their climate change initiatives.  The impacts on utilities are clear – as coal-burning power plants produce up to 40% of the CO2 emissions in this country alone – retiring the dirty ones and...

Posted July 2, 2013