From Solar Energy Torment to Distributed Energy Transformation

In Solar Energy Tough Love I confess I ranted about the perverse impacts of government industrial policy on the solar energy sector in its vainglorious attempt to choose winners and losers.  That policy is failing. The market gods hate to be trifled with and they respond with thunderbolts and torment.  This will continue until grid Read more about From Solar Energy Torment to Distributed Energy Transformation[…]

Time to Turn Disruptive Technology Loose on Higher Education

Let’s Amazon Education! The demise of Borders Books this week is a useful reminder that bad things happen to good people in business just as in the rest of life.  Borders and Barnes & Noble were pioneers in the big box book business.  Borders sprang out of Kmart and was spun off to extract the Read more about Time to Turn Disruptive Technology Loose on Higher Education[…]

Solar Energy Tough Love

Across the EU Solar Energy is facing tough love conditions as its feed-in-tariffs (FiT) face Déjà vu in another round of reductions in FiT subsidies. Like the classic Tale of Two Cities the world of solar energy today seems filled with the excitement of seeing its revolutionary potential realized by rapid growth while fearful that Read more about Solar Energy Tough Love[…]

The Future of Energy Efficiency and Demand Response is Embedded Technology

This week Congress debated whether to overturn the rule banning the incandescent light bulb.  The bill did not get the 2/3 vote needed to advanced.  Environmental advocates cheered this ‘enlightened action’ but failed to mention that more than a majority of members voted for the bill. Does that mean the majority are rejecting energy efficiency? Read more about The Future of Energy Efficiency and Demand Response is Embedded Technology[…]

THE SET-UP: Net Metering and our Customer Aggregation Future

The California Public Utilities Commission issued a decision setting a price utilities will pay customers with roof top solar systems for their net metering contribution of energy to the utility. The decision itself is narrowly focused on the net metering price question at hand, but it sets the stage for a much more profound policy Read more about THE SET-UP: Net Metering and our Customer Aggregation Future[…]

How Disruptive Technology is turning Domestic Energy Production into America’s Growth Engine

As Congress and the President spar over the political advantage or blame from our current debt crisis, disruptive technology is revving America’s potential for domestic energy production and turning it into a “game changer” in our claw back to economic growth.  This transformation is not happening in Washington, DC, it is happening deep in the Read more about How Disruptive Technology is turning Domestic Energy Production into America’s Growth Engine[…]

National Demand Response Action Plan Message to Customers: You Win!

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) required US DOE and FERC to prepare a National Action Plan on Demand Response and tell Congress what it would take and by whom to achieve the potential of demand response.  On July 11, 2011 the agencies delivered their report.  The report was more a retrospective Read more about National Demand Response Action Plan Message to Customers: You Win![…]

Customer Aggregation: Disruptive Technology-driven Energy Business Model

Disruptive technology is changing the way we think about energy demand.  But more than that the technologies being used to assess, capture and create a market in demand response and energy efficiency are being combined with the new FERC rules to create a nationwide standard for payments by regional transmission organizations for demand response.  These Read more about Customer Aggregation: Disruptive Technology-driven Energy Business Model[…]

Disruptive Technology Rationalizes the Energy Supply Value Chain

Disruptive technology is transforming the energy value chain. That process of rationalizing is being aided by energy policies and regulations that seek to frustrate or punish ‘black fuels’ and aid and abet ‘green fuels’ in order to achieve the policy goals of a clean energy economy. But disruptive technology is an equal opportunity change agent Read more about Disruptive Technology Rationalizes the Energy Supply Value Chain[…]

The Fireworks of Disruptive Technology

Facebook began in a dorm room as a way to connect friends.  It now has over half a billion of them.  In the rest of our lives we don’t have such scale or the problems it brings.  We still must make a living and pay the bills.  We still have families and friends who want Read more about The Fireworks of Disruptive Technology[…]