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[…]

Renewable Energy Buyers Remorse: How Big a Risk?

Municipal utilities have been good laboratories for experimentation because they are close to customers and generally risk averse.  Munis have been among the most assertive buyers and strongest advocates of renewable energy.  Generally free of state rate regulation, public power has been able to plan and executive strategies and deals that push the envelope of Read more about Renewable Energy Buyers Remorse: How Big a Risk?[…]

Smart Grid Sector Consolidation Drives R&D for Integrated Solutions

The consolidation phase is underway in the fragmented smart grid sector. Smart meter deployment is capturing most of the attention but it masks the scramble underway to bring together the technology, expertise and scale needed to make smart grid profitable and make those meters ‘used and useful’ enough to warrant the cost.  Tension between customer Read more about Smart Grid Sector Consolidation Drives R&D for Integrated Solutions[…]

UX and the Bakersfield Effect

User Experience (UX) and the Bakersfield Effect are not yet terms that go hand in hand—but they will be.  I know the title of this post sounds way too geeky but it says a lot in few words about what is going on in the successful—or not so successful deployment of smart meter technology. Unless Read more about UX and the Bakersfield Effect[…]