20b8ec9

Visualizing Disruptive Technology Pay-Off

We face today an enormous challenge of making sense of the complexity that swirls around us.  It is not just data; it is the context in which stuff is happening that could change the insight we get from the data.  It is not just volatility; it is the trade-off analysis that slows decisions for fear Read more about Visualizing Disruptive Technology Pay-Off[…]

linked-eye-cc-tech-and-creative-labs

When Will Disruptive Technology Shift Power to Energy Customers?

Image via CrunchBase The power of disruptive technology to reshape and change the dynamics of competitive markets is not necessarily in the products we use.  Often it is in the ideas that make those products attractive to customers.  The more attractive the products the more transformational their use can be in competitive markets when customers Read more about When Will Disruptive Technology Shift Power to Energy Customers?[…]

California puts Solar PV on Utilities Christmas Shopping List

As part of its year-end approval of pending renewable energy procurement contracts the California Public Utilities Commission got some good news from the falling prices of solar PV panels. Of the 544 MW of solar projects on the CPUC’s December 15th agenda 294 MW (54%) were at or below ‘grid parity’ which is defined in Read more about California puts Solar PV on Utilities Christmas Shopping List[…]

How Much will Clean Energy REALLY Cost?

That is the question customers are asking as their utility rates go up to pay for the cumulative cost of the aspirations of politicians and regulators.  But until now the answer to that question was hard to get at least in California where under state law and utility regulations the costs of utility procurement of Read more about How Much will Clean Energy REALLY Cost?[…]

THE SET-UP: Net Metering and our Customer Aggregation Future

The California Public Utilities Commission issued a decision setting a price utilities will pay customers with roof top solar systems for their net metering contribution of energy to the utility. The decision itself is narrowly focused on the net metering price question at hand, but it sets the stage for a much more profound policy Read more about THE SET-UP: Net Metering and our Customer Aggregation Future[…]

Climbing Out of the Smart Grid Trough of Disillusionment

We are entering what Gartner would call the trough of disillusionment for smart grid.  It is the stage of the Gartner hype cycle when the initial lust for the potential and benefits of smart grid technology gives way to the morning after realization that getting to those smart grid promises is going to take longer Read more about Climbing Out of the Smart Grid Trough of Disillusionment[…]

The Harpies of Our Smart Grid Future

In the earliest of Greek mythology, a harpy, was often depicted as a beautiful winged maiden. With time, however, they took on a more sinister look and were sent by the gods to snatch (harpazô) people and foul things of value. Just when events seemed to be going well there were sudden, mysterious disappearances blamed Read more about The Harpies of Our Smart Grid Future[…]

Smart Meter Customer Data Privacy: California Proposes New Rules

California Public Utility Commission President Michael Peevey issued a notice of proposed decision in Rulemaking 08-12-009 concerning the privacy protections expected of California’s jurisdictional investor owned utilities in the handling of customer meter and energy use data from the deployment of smart meters. The rules are needed to assure customer data privacy is protected while, Read more about Smart Meter Customer Data Privacy: California Proposes New Rules[…]

When Smart Meter Customers Eyes are Opened

Eve was walking in the Garden of Eden gathering food and came upon the serpent.  The serpent told Eve to taste the fruit from the large tree in the center of the garden, but she was afraid.  ‘God told us not to eat from that tree or we will die’ she replied.  ‘You will not Read more about When Smart Meter Customers Eyes are Opened[…]

Sack the PG&E CEO says Bay Area News Group

That was the stunning editorial in the newspapers making up the Bay Area News Group which included the San Jose Mercury News and the Contra Costa Times. The editorial is hard and leaves little doubt where the editors stand since they called on readers to contact the Board of directors directly to demand action. Here’s Read more about Sack the PG&E CEO says Bay Area News Group[…]