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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    

Vision Becomes Reality – Smart and Sustainable Buildings

Buildings consume significant amounts of energy. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) in the Department of Energy (DOE) reported that buildings accounted for 72 percent of total U.S. electricity consumption in 2006 and this number will rise...

Posted November 6, 2012    

An Electricity eBay Framework Takes Shape in Europe

The PowerMatchingCity pilot in the city of Groningen in Holland deploys a number of innovations in policy, market models, and technology.  One of the most intriguing innovations is their creation of a framework to enable easy communications...

Posted October 30, 2012    

Is An Electricity eBay in our Future?

The Smart Grid can deliver significant changes to consumer interactions in electricity markets. Today, consumer enrollment in demand response (DR) programs is the typical form of participation with a focus on the production of negawatts. Among the...

Posted October 23, 2012    

Smart Cities and the Smart Grid

There are natural parallels between the Smart Grid and smart cities in terms of concepts and deployments.  Both rely on ICT technologies and M2M (machine to machine) communications applications to enable devices and systems to be remotely...

Posted October 16, 2012