Renewable Energy

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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Talking Points for Thanksgiving Dinner

November 24, 2014
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We all have one – a family member or friend who faithfully regurgitates the weird combination of fiction and paranoia dispensed by the US-based news channel that is anything but “fair and balanced”. The US Thanksgiving holiday is approaching, and perhaps you’ll be sitting next to this loved one for the traditional dinner feast. Here…

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Three Global Utility Metatrends

November 17, 2014
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European Utility Week serves as an excellent venue to obtain more global industry perspectives than what is typically found in most North American-based industry events. In the case of the 2014 event, it served to reinforce the conclusion that there are really three global metatrends in play for electric utilities. Three recorded interviews that I…

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Smartphones and Utility Consumer Engagement Strategies

November 10, 2014
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This week, the Smart Grid Library features a guest writer, Bill Maikranz, Consulting Director of SGL Partners, the consulting group of the Smart Grid Library. Today the principle model of interactions between consumers and utilities is one of ordering service connection or disconnection, payment questions or arrangements (current and past due), and outage reporting. This is…

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Duck Season…Rabbit Season…

November 3, 2014
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This week, the Smart Grid Library features a guest writer, Chris Kotting, a colleague with SGL Partners, the consulting group of the Smart Grid Library.   I just took a look, and I haven’t blogged since the first week of this year. Egad! That was one short-lived New Year’s resolution! Now, here I am writing a blog entry,…

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