Renewable Energy

Smart Grid Transformations Are Opportunities for Utility Contact Centers

May 12, 2014
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The New York Public Service Commission’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) report should be required reading for all electric utility executives.  As referenced in last week’s article, this document presents a well-structured framework to forge new utility business models and new electricity market models that leverage Smart Grid technologies, policies, and financial innovations.   It pivots the…

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The Coming Revolution in Utility Contact Centers

May 5, 2014
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Common industry consensus holds that Smart Grid technologies and policies will enable utilities to deploy new products and services in the pursuit of safe, reliable, and cost-effective electricity. Aspects of utility operations will become easier – such as identifying outage locations using smart meters or preventing service disruptions with closer monitoring of equipment conditions. But…

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Wanted: Smart Grid Policies for 14 Million Homes

April 28, 2014
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The multifamily home market  is not the only segment that is missing out on Smart Grid benefits. There’s another market segment that is also woefully absent from participation in Smart Grid-enabled programs and solutions.  And just like the multifamily challenge, it is mostly caused by the absence of federal, state, and local policies.  There are…

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How I Went to an Energy Storage Conference and a Data Analytics Session Broke Out

April 21, 2014
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Rodney Dangerfield had a great line about how he went to the fights and a hockey game broke out. It was a concise and witty commentary on the frequency of bench-emptying fist fights between hockey teams. We’re going to witness a similar trend in energy storage conferences. Many will transform into data analytics events. Energy…

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The Smart Grid and Multifamily Dwelling Challenges

April 14, 2014
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There are many disconnects and dysfunctions in the multifamily real estate market that are beyond the ability of renters or property owners alone to resolve.  There are multiple challenges in a market segment that includes stakeholders with sometimes vastly different financial perspectives.  That is why we need a systems engineering approach to policy to address…

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Can a Systems Engineering Approach Solve Consumption Challenges in the Electricity Value Chain?

April 7, 2014
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Can a Systems Engineering Approach Solve Consumption Challenges in the Electricity Value Chain?

A system is a set of inter-related components that interact in an organized fashion toward a common purpose.  When you add living organisms like humans, it becomes an ecosystem.  The electric grid was a complex system, but the advent of Smart Grid technologies started a grid transformation into a complex ecosystem or collection of related…

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Could the NSA Reduce CO2 Emissions?

March 31, 2014
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Could the NSA Reduce CO2 Emissions?

April Fools’ Day in the USA inspires pranks and hoaxes, and smart readers beware unusual news stories on that day.   Here are some fictional news headlines and stories that if real, would certainly accelerate Smart Grid and other infrastructure upgrades, as well as reduce CO2 emissions.  1.  Congress Creates Green Bank Fund to Modernize American…

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Residential Customers – A Critical Segment for Utility Survival Plans

March 24, 2014
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Residential Customers – A Critical Segment for Utility Survival Plans

Residential electricity consumers are a large but underserved group that could significantly impact the success and directions for the utilities of the future.  They represent the biggest number of meters in the USA.  According to the latest data from the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) 2012 report, there were 126,832,343 residential customers in the…

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Advances in Graphene R&D Portend Significant Changes for Energy

March 17, 2014
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Advances in Graphene R&D Portend Significant Changes for Energy

Gamechanging technologies don’t just happen overnight.  There’s usually substantial time and money invested in basic research and development, a temporary lull as R&D moves into commercialization, and then an infusion of that technology in different product forms into existing infrastructure.  That’s the likely trajectory for graphene.   Recent news about graphene research and manufacturing breakthroughs suggest…

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Energy Sources, Infrastructure, and Geopolitics – The Necessary Underpinnings to Resiliency Planning

March 10, 2014
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Energy Sources, Infrastructure, and Geopolitics – The Necessary Underpinnings to Resiliency Planning

The Smart Grid has to accomplish two objectives from an infrastructure perspective to achieve grid modernization.  It has to upgrade the 20th century electrical grid infrastructure to the 21st century, and meld it with a modern, robust, and secure communications network infrastructure.  The Smart Grid enables different alternatives in terms of configurations and business models…

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