Are We Overhyping Smart Energy – Again?

Sometimes we’re spot-on when we predict the future. Other times we blow it horribly. Take smart homes, the forerunner of today’s smart grid. Back in the 1980s, prognosticators thought we'd have millions of smart homes by now and that they would achieve remarkable feats. For example, a United Press International article from 1986 said that a child … [Read more...]

Pink on Green: How to ignite the second electrical revolution

By Elisa Wood April 4, 2012 The electric industry is good at building things. That’s how it solves problems. Is there a threat of blackouts? Develop  a new natural gas-fired plant. Worried about climate change? Build wind and solar power. Does electricity cost too much? Install a transmission line to import cheaper power. But build-to-solve … [Read more...]

Energy efficiency, the Nerd

By Elisa Wood April 13, 2011 The renewable energy business has done a remarkable job at positioning itself in the public psyche as the ‘it girl’ of our era.  Just about everyone – politicians, celebrities, major industries – likes to be seen as pro-renewable. But if renewable energy is the girl that everyone wants to be photographed near, energy … [Read more...]

Smart Grid needs a Facebook

By Elisa Wood We think we know how smart grid technology will change the utility industry. But do we really? Take a look at this documentary made in 1969. It’s a view of how the world perceived the coming Internet (It’s also a pretty amusing look at how sexist our society still was at that point.) … [Read more...]