Renewable Energy

What A Down Under Drought Can Teach California About Water

February 9, 2015
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Two important drought-related events happened in California late last year. The state received much-needed rainfall in December, and it convened a daylong conference in Sacramento to compare Australian and Californian water policies. Australia recently survived a “millennium drought” of twelve years duration. The experience resulted in development and deployment of innovative water management policies that…

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A Cybersafety Culture Can Help Reduce Energy Usage Data Privacy Risks

February 2, 2015
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Thanks to M2M and Smart Grid technologies, new energy usage data can be invaluable to help intelligently manage energy and reduce utility operations costs and consumer costs. However, new data means new privacy risks for consumers (residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural), utilities, their vendor communities, and other entities that collect, transmit, use, and/or store that…

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Energy Data Privacy Risks – What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

January 26, 2015
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Wednesday is Data Privacy Day in the USA, and it should receive heightened awareness after the recent Sony Pictures cyberattack. While media attention focused on cybersecurity weaknesses, privacy is the natural consequence of good cybersecurity. Security – cyber and physical – is a strategy that ensures a privacy outcome. Unfortunately, determined cyberattackers or the deliberate…

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Four Terms Every Utility Executive Must Know

January 19, 2015
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Jargon is a fact of life in any business sector, and as the author of the Smart Grid Dictionary, I assure you its quite prolific in the Smart Grid sector. Jargon has a beneficial purpose. It is useful referential shorthand that encapsulates complex topics in minimalist terms. Buzzwords are an excellent barometer about business sector…

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Will California’s Energy Policy Become the World’s Energy Policy?

January 12, 2015
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California recently was ranked by the World Bank as number eight in world economies, ahead of Russia and Italy and just behind Brazil. Jerry Brown, re-elected as governor, delivered an inaugural address that included an energy policy in the form of three energy objectives for 2030. Given this state’s ability to make markets through its…

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Three Important Takeaways for Success in the Smart Grid Ecosystem

January 5, 2015
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The market opportunities are quite promising. The USA’s electricity ecosystem is transforming as new Smart Grid technologies, regulatory policies, and capitalization mechanisms disrupt the status quo. It should be a no-brainer for companies to enter this business sector, but there’s a troubling statistic based on actual history across many sectors.   For every success, there are…

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Count Your Energy Blessings

December 22, 2014
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It’s holiday break time.  New articles will resume the first Monday in January 2015. Have an enjoyable holiday! Count your energy blessings – there are 2 billion people who don’t have electricity, and too many women and children spend most of their time gathering fuel for heat and light. Let’s reduce energy poverty in 2015.…

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The Final Five Smart Grid Predictions – A Progress Report

December 15, 2014
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I made ten predictions in January 2014 about Smart Grid and Smart City trends and changes that will occur between 2014 and 2020. Here is an update on the final five predictions. The first five were reviewed last week. You can review the full predictions here and here, and judge for yourself the quality of my…

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Great Progress on Smart Grid and Smart City Predictions for 2020

December 8, 2014
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How much can change in a year? When it comes to Smart Grid and Smart City topics, the answer is quite simply – a lot can change. Here’s progress report on my ten predictions about Smart Grid and Smart Cities activity by 2020. The first five are featured this week. You can review the complete…

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Disruptive Innovations Struggle with Broken Systems

December 1, 2014
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A colleague working for a startup with an innovative solution for the US public safety sector recently gave me a status update on the sector, and dwelled on the difficulties for his company to find an entry point in this sector. He talked about how the procurement processes in small to large city governments were…

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