Who Will Serve the Energy Vertical in the Next Boom?

SOURCE: Ventyx Energy Advisors   The change in market fundamentals, competition and technology are turning the energy vertical on its head bringing new entrants using new solutions not yet commercially available in the last boom stage to transform big data into big competitive advantage in the next boom. The tools of choice include mobile real-time Read more about Who Will Serve the Energy Vertical in the Next Boom?[…]

Could Disruptive Technology Prevent another San Bruno Gas Pipeline Disaster?

I live in the San Francisco Bay area where a year ago a horrible natural gas pipeline explosion ripped through a suburban community killing people and destroying a neighborhood.  All across America the headline news stories and video of the  San Bruno explosion sent chills down the spine as every homeowner watched wondering if that Read more about Could Disruptive Technology Prevent another San Bruno Gas Pipeline Disaster?[…]

With Apologies to my friends at Microsoft!

“A helicopter was flying around above Seattle yesterday when an electrical malfunction disabled all of the aircraft’s electronic navigation and communication equipment. Due to the clouds and haze the pilot could not determine his position or course to steer to the airport. The pilot saw a tall building, flew toward it, circled, drew a handwritten Read more about With Apologies to my friends at Microsoft![…]

"Pull" Disruptive Technologies and our Customer-driven Distributed Energy Future

The energy industry is being turned on its head by the transformative power of disruptive technologies such as smart grid, renewable energy choices for power supply, and the analytics tools that shift power from traditional energy suppliers to customers. We are moving from the stealth phase of this disruptive technology cycle as customers become more Read more about "Pull" Disruptive Technologies and our Customer-driven Distributed Energy Future[…]

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[…]

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![…]

Smart Energy Data Privacy

UPDATED: July 29, 2011 The disruptive new technology opportunities unleashed by smart meters and the data they produce has provoked a debate over who will gain access to that smart meter data and what can they do with it. Recently, the California Public Utilities Commission opened R.08.12.009, a rulemaking proceeding on smart meter data privacy.  Read more about Smart Energy Data Privacy[…]

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[…]