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Is An Electricity Négociant in our Future?

Ahh, California.  The land of milk and honey.   And wine – lots of it.  Silicon Valley denizens like me can find vineyards and wineries within a 30 minute drive in any direction.  So it stands to reason that we’re more...

Posted May 7, 2012    

Should We Spend More Time Educating Utilities Instead of Consumers?

Do most Americans spend eight or more hours of their days thinking about electricity?  No.  They spend their days worrying about more important things, like how to convince their children to sensibly use various social media channels;...

Posted May 1, 2012    

Five Reasons Planet Earth Likes the Smart Grid

The Union of Concerned Scientists released a new guide titled “Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living” that offers practical steps Americans can adopt to reduce carbon emissions.  The largest contributor of carbon emissions is...

Posted April 23, 2012    

Our Electric Grid – As Unsinkable as the Titanic?

A catastrophic failure compounded by a lack of failover strategies and an inability to think the unthinkable.  These are the main reasons for the sinking of the Titanic. Could these also be the post-mortem conclusions for the next large-scale...

Posted April 16, 2012    

Smart Grids and Smart Cities – Same Problems, Same Solutions?

The world population is expected to soar to more than 9 billion people by 2050.  Roughly 70% of the global population will live in cities, which today consume 70% of global energy supplies.  That’s a concern for electric and water...

Posted April 9, 2012    

Where Angels Shouldn’t Fear to Tread in Smart Grid Investment Opportunities

I recently sat down with a group of angel investors in Silicon Valley to review some of their most promising investment opportunities in the Smart Grid business sector. Angels typically invest in very early stage startup companies in smaller capital...

Posted April 2, 2012    

Grid Resiliency Is Required for Improved Grid Reliability

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) co-chairs of the recent Smart Grid study titled “The Future of the Electric Grid”  just visited Silicon Valley to discuss their report with investors and entrepreneurs.   If you...

Posted March 26, 2012    

The Smart Grid Can Change the Energy Agenda

President Obama focused on energy and gas prices in recent speeches, deriding the opposition party’s outright preference for all things oil. “They dismiss wind power,” he said. “They dismiss solar power.… We’re trying to move towards the future, and...

Posted March 19, 2012    

What’s Missing In Smart Grid Roadmaps

Smart Grid technology roadmaps help utilities plan for grid modernization.  At the recent Grid ComForum conference, senior utility executives noted that their roadmaps are adjusting to address organizational realignments – particularly in...

Posted March 12, 2012    

How Utilities Can Gain Maximum Benefits from Consumer Data Analytics

Utilities have been analyzing data for years.  From tariff development to forecasting future electricity needs, utilities have leveraged data for grid operations.  However much of the analytics work was done with spreadsheets and dealt...

Posted March 5, 2012    

SDG&E Takes On Microgrid Challenges

The microgrid is defined in the Smart Grid Dictionary as “A small power system that integrates self-contained generation, distribution, sensors, energy storage, and energy management software with a seamless and synchronized connection to a...

Posted February 27, 2012    

Innovations in Electricity Business Models Must Overcome Two Challenges

Distributed generation (DG), distributed energy resources (DER), and microgrids are business model innovations that disrupt the existing supply chain of remote, centralized generation sources and long distance transmission of electricity. ...

Posted February 20, 2012