Costs for renewable distributed generation on the decrease

August 26th, 2014

Global Smart Grid Federation’s world-wide overview on distributed generation – The outlook of electricity systems is changing rapidly on a global scale. Although different countries are typically characterized by a different generation mix and distribution system structure, the results of the GSGF study ‘Grid Connectivity of Distributed Generation’ confirms that most nations worldwide are experiencing […]

New York is Reforming the Energy Vision

September 18th, 2014

The energy industry is in transition. Technological innovation and increasing competitiveness of renewable energy resources, combined with aging infrastructure, extreme weather events, and system security and resiliency needs, are all leading to significant changes in how electric energy is produced, managed and consumed. New York State must lead the way to ensure these trends benefit […]

Customer satisfaction surveys

September 18th, 2014

This company conducts some interesting electricity consumer surveys. You can subscribe to their press releases (PB). EcoPinion is a proprietary research series focused on macro-level assessments of consumer values and behaviour. The survey targets 1,000 people matching the U.S. population by age, gender, region and ethnicity. The surveys provide examples of the gap that providers […]

What Disney can teach you about messaging to utility customers (yes, Disney)

September 18th, 2014

Dean Schiller is a former Walt Disney executive who contributed to animated classics such as Aladdin and The Lion King. Now he runs CEIVA, a home energy management supplier. When I learned that his company has been adapting Disney techniques to utility customer engagement, I asked if we could share his tips with readers. The […]

Millennials and the Future of Electric Utilities

September 18th, 2014

A recent working paper from the Governance Studies program at Brookings examining the characteristics of the millennial generation offers some insights into this question. Millennials, or those born after 1982, will account for one-third of the adult population by 2020 and 75 percent of the workforce by 2025. Thus, what this group wants and how […]

An Intelligent Software Framework for Transactive Energy

September 18th, 2014

Our energy system is changing rapidly. Digital technology, including sensors and controllers across buildings and the grid, produce new data streams offering in-depth understanding of the system. At the same time, integrating renewable energy generation, energy storage, and electric vehicles is adding new challenges. Transactive Energy – a concept combining information, data and energy infrastructure […]