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Smart Grid History: The Bad, the Good, and the Revenge of the Customers

When the short history of smart grid is written someday, I predict it will include four chapters: Government industrial policy and political correctness Market rationalization of the policy mistakes Customer aggregation, choice and revenge The return to rational energy economic equilibrium In Chapter 1 we will hear all about the first phase of smart grid Read more about Smart Grid History: The Bad, the Good, and the Revenge of the Customers[…]

Searching for Argonauts to Save Our Smart Grid Future

My smart grid play on Greek mythology began with a description of the harpies of our smart grid future. In that mythology, the harpies always arrived and stole the food before it could be eaten, and then befouled the remaining food as they departed to torment their victims. Today the harpies of the smart grid Read more about Searching for Argonauts to Save Our Smart Grid Future[…]

Customers Demand Smart Grid Benefits

Faster, Better, Cheaper and Smarter Grid Solutions—that’s what Customers Want! When I ran the Global Energy Advisors Division for Ventyx we ‘pitched’ our energy analytics products and services as ‘fast, good and cheaper than doing it yourself’ to our utility and investment banking clients.  It was a good sales pitch and had the added advantage Read more about Customers Demand Smart Grid Benefits[…]

Energy Financial Analytics for What’s Next

I am often asked my views about what will be required to meet the energy market and financial analytics needs for the period ahead.  It is a fair question and many of the market consultants that grew and prospered in the last boom side of the market are gone, are shadows of their former selves Read more about Energy Financial Analytics for What’s Next[…]

Microsoft/ABB: My Smart Grid Dream Team# 1

MS/ABB: My Smart Grid Dream Team Combo # 1 Did you read the story about Apple passing Microsoft in market cap as of May 26th at $222 billion compared to Bill Gates’ $219 billion?[1] This is one of the great rivalries of the tech world but I am not sure it means much when you Read more about Microsoft/ABB: My Smart Grid Dream Team# 1[…]

Smart Grid, ABB and the Ventyx Acquisition

The May 10th announcement that ABB was acquiring Ventyx in a $1 billion deal was one of those “sucking sound” moments as competing companies and their CEOs took a deep breath and began to worry.  Much of what has been written in the trade press since the announcement has focused on the reasons ABB made Read more about Smart Grid, ABB and the Ventyx Acquisition[…]