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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    

Thinking Different Beyond the Smart Grid

Information and communications technologies (ICT) and machine to machine (M2M) applications will have evolutionary and revolutionary impacts on the Smart Grid and smart cities.  As more of the global population chooses to live in cities, ICT...

Posted October 9, 2012    

Natural Gas: Is It Stunting Innovative Thinking?

Let’s admit it, infrastructure is a boring word.   There’s nothing sexy about it.  It implies disruptions to our lives as we deal with delays and detours for construction and repair projects.  Yet it is absolutely necessary, and...

Posted October 1, 2012    

Why the Power Grid Should Go The Way of the Shuttle

The final voyage of the Endeavour made its way to San Francisco and Silicon Valley on September 21, 2012.  It was a gloriously beautiful day, and many people turned out to bid farewell to the fifth and final space shuttle.  The shuttle...

Posted September 25, 2012    

Information Technology Convergences Have Multiple Smart Grid Benefits

The term “convergence” aptly describes some important Smart Grid trends.  Grid modernization is tremendously influenced by the convergence of IT or information technologies into what is typically known as OT – operations technologies – that...

Posted September 18, 2012    

How Disruptive Thinking Can Build a Smarter Grid

Did you hear about the recent Stanford study that concluded that organic food doesn’t deliver more nutrients than conventionally-grown food?  So what?  Consumers don’t buy organic food to get more vitamins and minerals.  Consumers buy...

Posted September 11, 2012    

Will the Smart Grid Start A New American Revolution?

Today is Labor Day – the holiday that celebrates workers.  We should all say thank you to the utility workers who are toiling this weekend – and sometimes in very unpleasant conditions – to restore power anywhere experiencing an outage.  ...

Posted September 4, 2012    

The Smart Grid Means Changing Expectations

The recent Smart Grid Roadshow in Vancouver covered interesting ground in terms of how electric utilities must transform to meet expectations of stakeholders – be they consumers, regulators, or shareholders.  BCHydro resources discussed the...

Posted August 28, 2012