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A New Electricity Model?

The US Smart Grid transformation has the potential to deliver true energy surety at a more distributed and transactive level than enjoyed in today’s grid. The transformation drivers are technologies, regulations, and finance mechanisms.At the recent...

Posted February 19, 2013    

Smart Grid Dictated by Regulatory Policy

The Smart Grid will modernize and transform our energy infrastructures to incorporate more renewables and reduce use of fossil fuels for electricity and transportation. But energy surety or autarchy requires more than a transformation of energy...

Posted February 12, 2013    

Super Bowl Power Outage Reminds Us of Energy Risk

Were you one of the 100+ million fans watching the Super Bowl yesterday?  How about that 34 minute power outage?  It was a potent reminder of the reliance we place on an uninterruptible supply of electricity to maintain our lifestyles, our...

Posted February 5, 2013    

A Smart Energy Strategy in Japan: What's the Vision?

Japan’s national energy strategy experienced a 9.0 quake of its own in 2011 as a result of the twin incidents of the March 11 tsunami and subsequent Fukushima nuclear accident. It rattled many assumptions about energy sources and electrical grid...

Posted January 29, 2013    

Will Smart Grid Advocates & Utilities Heed Lessons Learned from the Telecom Sector?

The electrical grid transformation to the Smart Grid puts tremendous reliance on wired and wireless networks to deliver situational awareness of grid operations. These communications networks enhance and optimize utility management of grid...

Posted January 22, 2013    

The Smart Grid – More Than Grid Modernization, It’s Grid Transformation

The Smart Grid is all about grid modernization and transformation. When we modernize the grid, we update technologies, but leave in place existing energy sources, existing business models, and existing policies. When we transform the grid, we...

Posted January 15, 2013    

Smart Grid Policy Trends to Watch in 2013

The large-scale rollouts of smart meters heralded one of the first noticeable machine to machine (M2M) communications deployments.   It also launched a series of conversations about safety and privacy concerns, which will continue to play...

Posted January 8, 2013    

Changing the Energy Value Chain – ACORE’s Pragmatic Approach

We often read the lament that the USA has no energy policy.  Of course it does.  It’s what we have today – a policy which favors fossil fuels through permanent subsidies and special financial treatments written into the federal tax code....

Posted December 31, 2012    

Why A Realistic Energy Policy Must Eliminate Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Now that the presidential election is over, perhaps we’ll see some reality injected into our energy policy.  The existing energy policy professes to encourage “energy independence”.  That policy in action embeds permanent subsidies, tax...

Posted December 25, 2012    

Smart Grid Trends to Watch: ICT Innovations and New Entrants

 The convergence of information and communications technologies (ICT) with the traditional operations technologies (OT) is an ongoing Smart Grid trend.   Within the USA and its 3000+ electric utilities, Smart Grid investments focused...

Posted December 18, 2012    

Can BMW Accelerate Smart Grid Benefits?

Last week in Silicon Valley BMW convened a group of transportation, electric vehicle (EV), and energy thought leaders to participate in a dialogue with their senior executives and talk about sustainability, energy, and mobility services.  It...

Posted December 4, 2012    

Could the USA Find Inspiration In Sweden’s Energy Policy?

The USA could learn a number of valuable lessons from Sweden about energy policy.  The Swedish Trade delegation recently sponsored a Smart Grid roundtable in San Francisco with Anna-Karin Hatt, Minister for Information Technology and Energy in...

Posted November 27, 2012