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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[…]

Will National Energy Policy ‘Evolve’ to a Clean Energy Standard?

Clean energy is something everyone is ‘for’.  Few people are in favor of dirty energy.  But the problem is the definition of what is clean depends upon who you ask.  We will say we are in favor of clean renewable energy, when polled, until a wind producer tries to site a wind turbine near us, Read more about Will National Energy Policy ‘Evolve’ to a Clean Energy Standard?[…]

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[…]

The Sum of Global Utility Executives Fears: Affordability, Reliability, Sustainability

I’m not talking about the Occupy movement marching on utilities around the world.  It is worse than that if we are to believe the results of PwC’s 12th Global Power & Utilities report – The shape of power to come.  The survey tells us what we already know— we will live in interesting times in Read more about The Sum of Global Utility Executives Fears: Affordability, Reliability, Sustainability[…]

Between FERC and a Hard Place

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is trying to avoid being drawn into the political battle over the regulatory agenda being pursued by the US EPA against fossil fuel emissions in the wave of new environmental regulations being issued by the agency.   US EPA knows it is only a few votes away from being overturned in Read more about Between FERC and a Hard Place[…]

The Seeds of the Next Power Boom were Sown in the Last Bust

The electric power industry is driven by boom and bust cycles as market fundamentals and volatility sends signals to market participants to speed up or slow down their efforts.   One of the lessons of that boom and bust experience is that seeds of the next boom are sown in the bust of the last business Read more about The Seeds of the Next Power Boom were Sown in the Last Bust[…]

Is California's Resource Adequacy at Risk?

California is experiencing growing concerns over resource adequacy.  The CAISO took the unusual step of objecting to the proposed shut down of the Calpine Sutter natural gas power plant at FERC saying the plant would be needed as soon as 2017 to assure resource adequacy and thus is made no sense to shut it down Read more about Is California's Resource Adequacy at Risk?[…]

Spain Ends New Renewable FiT

Spain’s new Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy suspended the nation’s feed in tariff subsidies for all new renewable energy projects January 27, 2012 announcing that Spain could no longer afford it given its budget deficit.  There has been widespread trepidation that the FiT program would be cut, but the swift and decisive action suspending the program Read more about Spain Ends New Renewable FiT[…]

Low Gas Prices Rattle Renewables

In “Economic and Employment Contributions of Shale Gas in the United States” IHS Global Insight says shale gas production is producing significant benefits for the U.S. economy from lower natural gas prices, significant growth in direct and indirect jobs and substantial tax revenue. The impact of the growth of unconventional gas is staggering. In 2011, Read more about Low Gas Prices Rattle Renewables[…]

Subsidizing Commodities Never Makes Sense

This is the second in a series of posts about the unintended consequences of renewable energy subsidies and rules in competitive falling price markets. In the previous post I reviewed the unintended consequences of Germany’s generous above market prices feed in tariff subsidy in a fall global PV price market. The result was that German Read more about Subsidizing Commodities Never Makes Sense[…]