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The Future of Software: Creating Recurring Revenue Value from the Wisdom of the Crowd

For software and information products companies, recurring revenue strategies are a key to improving the quality of earnings, enhancing the overall valuation of the firm and scaling growth with improved EBITDA.   Often, the strategy, growth and sustainability challenges facing information technology businesses are the same as those faced by their clients.  If the firm can Read more about The Future of Software: Creating Recurring Revenue Value from the Wisdom of the Crowd[…]

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TCLABZ Crowdsourced Scenario Process

These are the most exciting times in the electric power industry since Thomas Edison was alive—that’s both the bad news and the good.  The boom and bust forces of change are moving us through the correction stage of the power business cycle setting up a return to growth. What keeps investors and energy executive up Read more about TCLABZ Crowdsourced Scenario Process[…]

The Revenge of Competitive Markets and the Big Shift in Energy Economics

The economy, jobs and the debate over the direction of the country dominate 2012 political campaigns.  Nowhere is the political rhetoric fiercer than on energy issues. Today there is wave after wave of new Federal regulation designed to favor clean energy strategies at the expense of fossil fuels that still provide most of our energy Read more about The Revenge of Competitive Markets and the Big Shift in Energy Economics[…]

Natural Gas is Cleaner, Cheaper, Easier and Riskier

There is much to like in the growth of natural gas as the marginal fuel of choice for power generation.  Clean, cheap, easier to site, quicker to build, fewer regulatory or environmental hassles—-and it cuts emissions 40% compared to coal. A new study by Professor Lawrence M. Cathles, Cornell University, recently published in the journal Read more about Natural Gas is Cleaner, Cheaper, Easier and Riskier[…]

Preparing for the Next Boom

It does not feel like recovery.  Recovery is a time for rationalizing the old and positioning for what is to come.  I know it seems like the economy is still in the ditch.  But now is the time to get to work preparing for the competitive, smart-grid enabled, distributed, global energy future. But first we Read more about Preparing for the Next Boom[…]

Energy FUD and our Smart Grid Future

Cyber terrorism is the nightmare scenario for the energy industry. Fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) are the weapons of choice.  In the ‘good old days’ we worried about was hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and wildfires taking down transmission lines.  Because transmission was always more difficult to site, permit and build due to NIMBY and the eternally Read more about Energy FUD and our Smart Grid Future[…]

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[…]