Energy FUD and our Smart Grid Future

Cyber terrorism is the nightmare scenario for the energy industry. Fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) are the weapons of choice.  In the ‘good old days’ we worried about was hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and wildfires taking down transmission lines.  Because transmission was always more difficult to site, permit and build due to NIMBY and the eternally Read more about Energy FUD and our Smart Grid Future[…]

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[…]

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[…]

MICROGRIDS: Customer Benefits Now, Smart Grid Later

While customers wait to see the benefits from smart grid development, microgrid use is growing and offers a near-term alternative of customer control and supply choices that is the promise of the smart grid future. Too often the term smart grid has been equated with the deployment of smart meters making it difficult to understand Read more about MICROGRIDS: Customer Benefits Now, Smart Grid Later[…]

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[…]