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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[…]

Energy Industry Implications of Gartner’s IT Predictions

The beginning of a New Year is the traditional time for predictions or New Year’s Resolutions.  We see them in every industry category.  Gartner is out with a list of its own that includes some items that could have some profound implications for the changing energy industry. Here’s the Gartner list and my take on Read more about Energy Industry Implications of Gartner’s IT Predictions[…]

Corporate Spring

That was how Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff described what was happening in the tech world of enterprise software.  Benioff used that play on words in a recent presentation to describe the same kind of disruptive technology disintermediation as the Arab Spring was causing in the Middle East as a result of the rise of social Read more about Corporate Spring[…]

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[…]

Smart Meter Makers Act II

What’s next for Smart Meter Manufacturers? As the pace of smart meter installation has grown so have the problems facing the companies that make them.  The biggest problem near term has been depending upon utilities to adequately engage customers in the process of smart meter deployment and addressing their concerns including meter accuracy, electromagnetic field Read more about Smart Meter Makers Act II[…]

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[…]

Life in the Energy Cloud

Web-based business software services are both the biggest threat and biggest opportunity for the mainline enterprise software makers and those who seek to eat their lunch.  News that SAP was stumbling with its Business ByDesign software as a service was not new news, but the extent of the failure to thrive now appearing in the Read more about Life in the Energy Cloud[…]

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[…]

IBM+SAIC+JNPR+BRCD=My Smarter World Dream Team #3

This is the third in a series of brainstorms about combos of smart companies and great dreams for the technology enabled future.  In a rapidly consolidating cleantech sector great combos well executing could lead the way into a new American century of technology leadership and growth.  Beyond just smart grid’s focus on the electric power Read more about IBM+SAIC+JNPR+BRCD=My Smarter World Dream Team #3[…]