The Good News and Bad with California's Energy Efficiency Code Updates

California adopted an energy efficiency code in 1978 the first time Jerry Brown was Governor, and now it has updated that code to reflect advanced in technology.  I have not been a big fan of many of California’s crazy regulatory demands, but the Energy Efficiency Code was a good idea in 1978 and it is Read more about The Good News and Bad with California's Energy Efficiency Code Updates[…]

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[…]

California's 33% RPS Plan for a Clean Energy Future

As expected the California Legislature approved a bill formally enacting the 33% renewable portfolio standard into law.  Governor Jerry Brown will sign the measure. Little else changes since the 33% RPS goal was set by Executive Order by then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  There is widespread public support for California clean energy policies. But the 33% Read more about California's 33% RPS Plan for a Clean Energy Future[…]

POWER PLAYS: My Scorecard for Energy M&A

The traditional utility central station business model is under assault by drivers of change over which the utility has little control.  In my recent post Utility Merger Mania? I talked about the factors I felt would drive utility mergers and my differences with the factors S&P’s Todd Shipman (whom I know from my days as Read more about POWER PLAYS: My Scorecard for Energy M&A[…]

The Connecticut Yankees in Red Sox

Tom May and Charles Shivery tried to portray the proposed merger of two of New England’s  best known players in the energy markets as old friends deciding to take their relationship to a new romantic level.  Their focus would be on building clean, renewable energy. There was a time when such a merger would have Read more about The Connecticut Yankees in Red Sox[…]

Is Cleantech Ignoring Energy Fundamentals?

The energy and utility landscape is changing rapidly and radically as a consequence of the recession, state mandates for renewable energy, demand response and energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.  As regulators try to implement the climate change and clean energy aspirations of politicians the opportunities presented are attracting new players bringing new technology. Read more about Is Cleantech Ignoring Energy Fundamentals?[…]

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[…]

Are We Getting the Energy Future Wrong?

Once upon a time in a land not far away from our memory, we experienced an extended period of economic growth.  We actually manufactured things here in the US instead of importing them from China. We built homes by the subdivision instead of tucked them into some odd-ball sized inner city space.  We needed mobility Read more about Are We Getting the Energy Future Wrong?[…]

Strangling Smart Grid or Greasing the Skids: Federal Uniformity-vs-State Rights

Ever since the beginning of public utility regulation there has been tension between the role of the Federal Government and the States.  So far States have fared well in this checks and balances contest of wills.  The Federal government’s focus on interstate commerce and the wholesale market rules, regulations and safety requirements to enforce a Read more about Strangling Smart Grid or Greasing the Skids: Federal Uniformity-vs-State Rights[…]