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Recurring Revenue Business Models Work

The use of recurring revenue strategies can enhance the valuation of any company by improving the predictability of organic revenue growth and improving EBITDA by using best practices and repeatable solutions to reduce the cost of goods sold.  Whether the firm is building products or providing consulting or other services leveraging that intellectual property creation Read more about Recurring Revenue Business Models Work[…]

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![…]

Spending Like There Will Be No Tomorrow

The US Department of Energy Loan Program Office (LPO) is quite proud of its work. When you go to the Our Projects page it explains that “LPO is one of the largest and most productive energy project finance operations in the world and has committed over $30 billion to support 42 clean energy projects.  These Read more about Spending Like There Will Be No Tomorrow[…]

USE IT OR LOSE IT AMERICA: Domestic Energy Production @ Risk

Ok I admit it, I am an energy geek! I spent the last twenty years earning my living helping clients turn their energy strategies into actionable results.  I believe in the power of markets and worship at the altar of competition in the belief that thriving, competitive wholesale energy markets are good for the energy Read more about USE IT OR LOSE IT AMERICA: Domestic Energy Production @ Risk[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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![…]

RIP PowerMeter and Holm

Do Residential Customers Really Want to Save Energy? The Home Area Network is toast according to the trade press as Google pulled the plug on its Power Meter and Microsoft did the same for Holm.  Both were designed to help home owners manage their energy use.  Power Meter was launched with great fanfare in 2009 Read more about RIP PowerMeter and Holm[…]

Disruptive Technology is Transforming our Energy Information Future

The forces of market fundamentals, competition and disruptive technology have turned the energy vertical on its head stripping it of many of its established market consultants and commoditizing the sources of data and information used and useful in decision support. But the need for expertise, analysis and insight has never been greater. After spending years Read more about Disruptive Technology is Transforming our Energy Information Future[…]