Smart Grid Benefits from the Wisdom of the Crowd

Tech and Creative Labs (TCLABZ) was born out of the disruptive innovation realization that insight could be extracted from the online interaction of people trying to figure out what is going on, what might happen next, and what if I do “X” instead of “Y”?  We believe in the wisdom of the crowd to provide Read more about Smart Grid Benefits from the Wisdom of the Crowd[…]

"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![…]

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[…]

DR Auctions Squeezing Margins

Demand response has proven to be a very cost effective strategy for both energy resource suppliers and customers.  Strategies to encourage demand response have given rise to specialists targeting commercial and industrial customers.  These specialists include well known players like EnerNOC, Comverge and C-Power.  The business model for these firms is to provide their energy Read more about DR Auctions Squeezing Margins[…]

UX and the Bakersfield Effect

User Experience (UX) and the Bakersfield Effect are not yet terms that go hand in hand—but they will be.  I know the title of this post sounds way too geeky but it says a lot in few words about what is going on in the successful—or not so successful deployment of smart meter technology. Unless Read more about UX and the Bakersfield Effect[…]

Sweet Spots in the Smart Grid Promise

The challenge of living into promise of smart grid is driven by difficulty aligning the policy, strategy, infrastructure, data, systems, economics—and will power to change in order to get to the promise. What is the promise of smart grid? The promise is that smart grid will enable the use of cleaner energy resources more efficiently.  Read more about Sweet Spots in the Smart Grid Promise[…]

The Customer Aggregation Threat to Utility Business Models

In October 2009 I wrote that there is a convergence of market, economic, environmental and regulatory forces underway that is changing the way investor owned utilities see renewable energy from something they must do to satisfy their regulators to something they MUST do to survive.  I described ten factors that lead me to this conclusion: Read more about The Customer Aggregation Threat to Utility Business Models[…]