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The Future of Software: Creating Recurring Revenue Value from the Wisdom of the Crowd

For software and information products companies, recurring revenue strategies are a key to improving the quality of earnings, enhancing the overall valuation of the firm and scaling growth with improved EBITDA.   Often, the strategy, growth and sustainability challenges facing information technology businesses are the same as those faced by their clients.  If the firm can Read more about The Future of Software: Creating Recurring Revenue Value from the Wisdom of the Crowd[…]

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TCLABZ Crowdsourced Scenario Process

These are the most exciting times in the electric power industry since Thomas Edison was alive—that’s both the bad news and the good.  The boom and bust forces of change are moving us through the correction stage of the power business cycle setting up a return to growth. What keeps investors and energy executive up Read more about TCLABZ Crowdsourced Scenario Process[…]

How We 'Fracked' the Energy Industry—-for the Good!

SOURCE: US EIA The energy industry is being turned on its head by changes in technology, regulation and global markets. In oil and gas the shale revolution onshore was unleashed by technology changes in 3D seismic imaging making E&P more accurate and productive, horizontal drilling enabling access to the ribbon-like shale and tight oil formations, Read more about How We 'Fracked' the Energy Industry—-for the Good![…]

Microgrids and the Distributed Energy Future

The promise of smart grid is creating a sustainable, scalable, modular, standardized approach to the power grid of the future.  Achieving this yoga-like perfection requires that we must simultaneously ‘go big’ and ‘go small’. Going big means finding ways to bridge the gaps between the regional interconnects so new sources of clean energy can scale Read more about Microgrids and the Distributed Energy Future[…]

The Sum of Global Utility Executives Fears: Affordability, Reliability, Sustainability

I’m not talking about the Occupy movement marching on utilities around the world.  It is worse than that if we are to believe the results of PwC’s 12th Global Power & Utilities report – The shape of power to come.  The survey tells us what we already know— we will live in interesting times in Read more about The Sum of Global Utility Executives Fears: Affordability, Reliability, Sustainability[…]

Pure Essence of the Laws of Physics

Instantaneous, in perfect balance, universal—those are characteristics of the electric power grid.  Imagine anything else in your life with such exacting standards.  No, I am not talking about your honey–do list! More than 100 years after we learned to harness the laws of physics to create light, power machinery, and put it to work to Read more about Pure Essence of the Laws of Physics[…]

Are Microgrids the Template of Our Distributed Generation Future?

The challenge of living into the promise of smart grid is that we must simultaneously ‘go big’ and ‘go small’ to create the scalable, modular, consistent approach to building the power grid of the future. Going big means finding ways to bridge the gaps between the three broad regional interconnects so that new sources of Read more about Are Microgrids the Template of Our Distributed Generation Future?[…]

Utility Merger Mania?

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services said this week that it expects to see more mergers between investor owned utilities after Duke and Progress Energy “hooked up” following the recent announcements by Northeast Utilities and NStar and First Energy and Allegheny. These combinations made sense because the service territories were adjacent; they could realize synergies from Read more about Utility Merger Mania?[…]

Wind Energy is Winning but Fears Competition

Wind energy has won its battle to become a market leading mainstream power generation resource.  It should celebrate that victory and turn its attention to sustaining it by weaning itself from its dependence upon subsidies and renewable portfolio standards by driving down its costs and improving its efficiency to assure its long term success. In Read more about Wind Energy is Winning but Fears Competition[…]

PG&E Smart Meter Bill for July 2010

Now that I have a smart meter I can get daily updates of my energy use for electricity and natural gas every day.  The PG&E site offers a convenient set of tables and graphs to allow me to quickly assess how I am doing.  I can download meter reading detail in a spreadsheet for further Read more about PG&E Smart Meter Bill for July 2010[…]