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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[…]

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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[…]

Smart Grid versus a New Blue Mustang

When smart grid was in its infancy the toy of choice was a smart meter.  Like a stuffed animal in the crib every home had one.  Now smart grid is reaching adolescence and the toys cost more.  A lot more. The smart grid phenomenon is maturing and that is shifting the way the electric power Read more about Smart Grid versus a New Blue Mustang[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Fear of Smart Grid Stall-Out

As smart meter deployment reaches saturation points across North America there is disquiet about what is next.  It all seemed too fast and too easy.  The idea of smarter power grids was seductive promising reduced line losses, more efficient integration of renewable energy, happiness, prosperity for all.  You see my point? We’ve reached what the Read more about Fear of Smart Grid Stall-Out[…]

EIPC Insufficiency

There is much to admire in Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative (EIPC) the consortium of over two dozen electric system planning authorities from thirty-nine US states and two provinces in Eastern Canada that make up the Eastern Interconnect, the giant power grid that covers this vast part of North America.  But scenario planning at least what Read more about EIPC Insufficiency[…]

Mergers and Market Competition Separate Energy Princes from Regulatory Frogs

If you wonder why there are not more mergers of utility companies in the United States, the lessons from the experience of Exelon and Constellation will open your eyes. It appears that these two companies will finally get regulatory permission to get married, but both have had to kiss a lot of frogs before they Read more about Mergers and Market Competition Separate Energy Princes from Regulatory Frogs[…]

Illinois Smart Grid Street Fight

The comedic opera that played out in Illinois from the legislative battle over smart grid is typical of the Land of Lincoln where everything is political and everything has its price.  But while the outcome is not what was planned or predicted it may end up being an interesting lab experiment on whether smart grid Read more about Illinois Smart Grid Street Fight[…]