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[…]

With Apologies to my friends at Microsoft!

“A helicopter was flying around above Seattle yesterday when an electrical malfunction disabled all of the aircraft’s electronic navigation and communication equipment. Due to the clouds and haze the pilot could not determine his position or course to steer to the airport. The pilot saw a tall building, flew toward it, circled, drew a handwritten Read more about With Apologies to my friends at Microsoft![…]

Intellectual Property Wars of Attrition

HTC does not look so quietly brilliant today after US International Trade Commission (ITC) Administrative Law Judge Carl Charneski issued a proposed decision finding July 15th that HTC violated two of ten patents owned by Apple but used by HTC in its Android-based smart phones and probably every other Android-based phone produced by other makers Read more about Intellectual Property Wars of Attrition[…]

RIP PowerMeter and Holm

Do Residential Customers Really Want to Save Energy? The Home Area Network is toast according to the trade press as Google pulled the plug on its Power Meter and Microsoft did the same for Holm.  Both were designed to help home owners manage their energy use.  Power Meter was launched with great fanfare in 2009 Read more about RIP PowerMeter and Holm[…]

Smart Grid Tipping Point is Sooner than Jesse Berst Thinks

On June 1st I wrote about Android@Home in a post entitled “Who will control the Gateway to Utility Customers?”  In it I argued that the debate about smart grids, renewable energy, emissions reduction and the other issues driving the utility industry today is a distraction BECAUSE the real battle being fought is for control of Read more about Smart Grid Tipping Point is Sooner than Jesse Berst Thinks[…]

Microsoft/ABB: My Smart Grid Dream Team# 1

MS/ABB: My Smart Grid Dream Team Combo # 1 Did you read the story about Apple passing Microsoft in market cap as of May 26th at $222 billion compared to Bill Gates’ $219 billion?[1] This is one of the great rivalries of the tech world but I am not sure it means much when you Read more about Microsoft/ABB: My Smart Grid Dream Team# 1[…]

Smart Grid Giants Teach Start-ups to Dance

Have you noticed that several major players are breaking out of the smart grid pack seeking to define the business models that make sense—and can make money?  Both the timing of these giants and the scalability of their business model strategies will force the smart grid startups to learn their dance steps. While much of Read more about Smart Grid Giants Teach Start-ups to Dance[…]

Smart Grid Disruption, Taxes and Turmoil

Microsoft’s Jon Arnold called smart grid a disruption as he released a survey this week of 200 energy utility industry professionals on the impact of smart grid on their business.  The survey reported that only 8% of the utilities surveyed were ready for smart grid and more than half had done little or nothing as Read more about Smart Grid Disruption, Taxes and Turmoil[…]