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…


Hohm Usage Gets Boost from CBS News Story, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Microsoft Hohm, the online home energy management software, received a nice review from CNET’s Natalie Del Conte on the CBS News Early Show. The news piece shows how the Goddard family in Sacramento used Hohm to monitor and evaluate the program to help them save money in these difficult economic times. The Sacramento Municipal Utility…

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Microsoft and OSIsoft Present a Free Webcast on Smart Energy Reference Architecture

In order to assist the 2010 planning the has begun in earnest at every utility company around the world, Microsoft and our partner OSIsoft are offering a complimentary Webcast on our Smart Energy Reference Architecture, on Tuesday, December 8 at 1 p.m. EST. Microsoft’s SERA is intended specifically for working groups and utility executives who…

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Xcel Energy Customers Now Able to Manage Home Energy Consumption with Microsoft Hohm

The Microsoft Hohm team continues rolling out our online energy management software at utilities in North America. On Friday, Xcel Energy empowered its 3.4 million customers with the ability to take better control of their home energy consumption with the use of Microsoft Hohm, the online application that tracks energy use and provides personalized energy…

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Microsoft’s Mundie is Focused on the World’s Energy Future and Encouraging Young People to Get Aboard

A blog posting in the Seattle Times last week provides a good opportunity to introduce a video demo for all those interested in the topic of finding new ways to encourage today’s students to enter utility industry careers. Reporter Brier Dudley’s blog entry, “College road trip for Microsoft’s research chief,” describes how our Chief Research…

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Water, Water, Everywhere: Using Information Technology to Address Water Industry Issues

There’s no doubt this blog has focused recently on issues related to the smart grid. Between the launch of Hohm and the Smart Energy Reference Architecture, we’ve been busy, as energy issues seem to be where a lot of people are expending tremendous excitement and energy. However, this focus in one area can’t cause us…

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