Hydrogen Energy: The Lost Option?

Back in January I gave a keynote address at the Northwest Energy Innovation Summit in Boise, Idaho on the topic of Empowering Excellence in the Smart Energy Ecosystem.  Other speakers at this excellent forum included former CIA Director James Woolsey, GE Power and Energy president Steve Bolze, Rocky Mountain Power president Rich Walje and the…


Surfacing new applications with Microsoft Surface

Today’s Boston Globe contains a brief article about Microsoft Surface and its application for visitors to Sheraton hotels. The story has a neat picture as well as information on how the hotel chain is deploying Surface to serve as a virtual concierge for its visitors. We blogged in June about Harrah’s use of Microsoft Surface…


With Concerns about Water Scarcity Growing, IT Solutions Are Proving Themselves in this Industry as Well

When I blogged about Severn Trent Water winning the Utility Company of the Year at the Utility Week Awards it served to spark my thinking on other water issues that are bubbling to the surface. For instance, IDC Energy Insights, in its top 10 predictions for the utility sector in 2010, said their 8th prediction…


Three Years Apart, Hurricane Gustav and Katrina Wrack Entergy

Our hearts go out to the people of New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Houma, and Lafayette, and the countless other towns and cities throughout Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas in the wake of Hurricane Gustav the last few days. It is hard to imagine the physical and psychological suffering that those people have experienced within the short…

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Unified Communications in Action, in Hong Kong

The utility industry continues to discuss how it will keep pace with the increasing numbers of Baby Boomer retirements that are expected over the next few years. Observers believe one solution will be to attract the so-called Millennial generation, those born between between 1982 and 1994 to the utilities industry, by adaptation of technologies which…

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CIO Magazine Offers Advice on Unified Communications

To follow up on our blog entry about CLP Group’s successful Unified Communications pilot, utility company CIOs considering the implications of Unified Communications should take a look at the September 15 edition of CIO, which contains the article “Your Plan for Unified Communications.” Many utility observers believe that Unified Communications (a healing of the split…


Smart Grid Information – System Overload, Overcome with OSIsoft

The energy ecosystem is about to explode. Not literally, of course, but figuratively, especially as sensors and measuring devices are installed, wired (or made wireless), and start communicating with new systems at the utility that are geared toward making the grid smart. The problem of information overload is a hot topic these days as utilities…


Joint Virtual Conference on the Intelligent Enterprise

Tune in Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 9:30am-6:30pm ET to a free virtual conference with Microsoft and CIO magazine, titled “The Intelligent Enterprise: Incorporating Systems and Strategies to Create a Highly Responsive Organization.” The conference will address how senior business technologists can align IT and business, achieve agility, reduce complexity, provide one view of data across…


Cyber Attacks Demonstrate Why Smart Grid Will Require Best in Class Security; Microsoft Offers Security Development Lifecycle Paper

The recent news of major, relentless cyber attacks on the State Department, White House, and Pentagon, as well as South Korean targets, sadly demonstrate why so much time, money and effort is being spent on ensuring that critical infrastructure, particularly that of the utility grid, is protected and secure. The lesson couldn’t be more stark…


Microsoft and Partners Ready as U.S. Stimulus Plan Includes $11 billion for Smart Grid Investments

Last month U.S. President Barack Obama signed into law the “American Recovery and Reinvestment” which included ‘nearly $100 billion in clean energy projects.” The press materials said that “more than $11 billion is included in the recovery to create a bigger, better, smarter electric grid” and will “deploy 40 million ‘Smart Meters’ in American homes,…