2009, 1999 – Ten Years of Y2K Retrospectives

The New Year 2010 will be here tonight so like others my thoughts have been on the past … and the future. This happened because the other night I was sitting in bed scrolling through my smart phone emails when I saw a Computerworld email entitled “Y2K: The good, the bad and the crazy.” Boy…

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OSIsoft and Microsoft Webcast on Smart Energy Reference Architecture

In response to the overwhelming interest in Microsoft’s October Release of the Smart Energy Reference Architecture, we participated with our partner OSIsoft in this Sierra Energy Group Webcast hosted by industry expert Warren Causey. In the Web cast, Larry Cochrane, Microsoft’s senior technology strategist and the primary author of SERA, explains the how utilities need…

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Do More with Less: Asset Investment Planning Meets Windows 7

One of the most effective ways that utility and energy companies can do more with less is by optimizing both current and future asset investment decisions. Due to the growing number of complex variables that drive such decisions today, the optimization of what, when and where investments must be made (to implement and maintain a…


Excess Power Generation Creates New Challenges for Utilities and Regulatory Bodies

Last week Steve LeBlanc AP writer authored an article about Massachusetts Homeowners being able to sell their excess power back to the utilities at a “retail” rate rather than the historical wholesale rate. For commercial/industrial customers or homeowners who have made the investment in some form of local generation (e.g. wind or solar) this could…


Alstom Helps Address Electricity Shortages in South Africa

A salute to Microsoft partner Alstom for its success in gaining the South African utility Eskom as a customer, to provide an instrumentation and control system for Medupi, the world’s largest coal plant now under construction. Since January 2008, when South African President Thabo Mbeki admitted the nation did not pay attention to warnings years…