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Smart buildings. Smart homes. These terms come up a lot in a variety of circles and in many different contexts: energy providers use it when they refer to energy use or savings, technology companies talk about it in reference to the Internet of Things, architects talk about it when discussing
A 1% shift in energy demand in transportation can tip the US economy into recession Back in 2011 I published an analysis with Prof. Carey King at UT Austin looking at the impact of the use of automotive fuels on the US economy. As we were digging ourselves out of
Today, the choices consumers make about energy use are mostly based on how much and when energy is used, within a relatively limited framework. Energy choice tomorrow will mean something much different – technologies will enable consumers to decide how much energy they use, when they use it, what price
There’s been a lot of news involving Bitcoin recently, the cryptocurrency that’s skyrocketing in value. But what really got me thinking about Bitcoin was hearing that the world’s first waste-to-energy crypto-mine had opened. Entrepreneurs built their very own plant to power the mega-computers needed to create money out of thin
Elon Musk is at it again—this time with his sleek bullet-shaped, multi-electric engined, nuclear bomb-proof glass equipped rocket of a semi truck. You look at the launch video and it’s easy to think (yet again) “this is so cool.” Walmart, DHL and other major truck purchasers agree, with numerous pre-orders
On November 6th, huge swaths of the Internet went dark for about 90 minutes. The cause turned out to be human error traced to something referred to as a “route leak”. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) use Autonomous Systems (ASes) to track data that travels through different networks. On the 6th,
Anyone who has spent time in London has ridden in a classic Black Cab—a knowledgeable driver, courteous and reliable service, reasonably priced. And a business model that’s in serious trouble: Despite a recent court ruling revoking Uber’s London license, the trend towards cheaper fares enabled by app-guided navigation may be
There’s a lot of talk in the energy sector about a new era of customer choice. Finally, companies can offer not just different kinds of energy, but new tools that make managing it easy. These new offerings are exciting, but they all rest on a common assumption: that customers want
At our Energy Executive Forum in 2015, many of you may recall discussing millennials, referring to them as renters, cord cutters, digital natives, stay-at-home types, and preferring access to ownership. Millennials are the largest generation in US history (bigger than the “boomers”), with radically different value systems and behaviors than
Should I look to form a strategic alliance? And if so, with whom? This question is on the minds of many energy executives looking for ways to survive—and thrive—in the energy Convergence. As just one recent example, Google and Walmart have announced a partnership that brings together Walmart’s huge retail
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