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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    

What’s Worse for the Smart Grid – Failures of Imagination or Failures of Communication?

The history of innovations, whether these are in technology, policy, or in how people themselves upgrade attitudes or behaviors, offers resounding proof of a basic flaw in arguments that naysayers constantly winge about solar, wind, energy storage...

Posted August 21, 2012    

The Smart Grid – Shifting Paradigms for Consumers

Resiliency.  It’s important for people (how well do we survive challenges), cities (how quickly can urban environments rebound from an earthquake or major weather event), and nations (how effectively can a country recover from a widespread...

Posted August 14, 2012    

Can New Market Participants Make the Grid more Resilient?

Back when the light bulb was the killer app of 1879 and the nascent electrical grid was shaped by a series of technological innovations, reliability was the most important metric to structure grid performance expectations.   People had...

Posted August 7, 2012    

Smart Grid Technologies Present Challenges to Regulatory Policy

State regulatory commissions have significant impacts on their local economies through oversight of privately-owned electric, natural gas, water, telecommunications, and various transportation entities.  The National Association of Regulatory...

Posted July 31, 2012