Is this the ‘Non-Weird’ Future of Microgrids? 

Elon Musk, CEO of California-based Tesla, last week told analysts that he wants to get the energy world to a “non-weird future.” Meanwhile, about 2,000 miles away in Minnesota, an international energy gathering offered a glimpse of its own kind of energy future. Musk’s future of microgrids is a place where consumers can easily (and more cheaply) … [Read more...]

Changes to the Communications and Utility Business Models: A Surprising Parallel

Decentralization is disrupting utility business models. The communications industry is undergoing a parallel revolution. Christina Lefevre-Gonzalez of E Source looks at how both must reinvent themselves. Last fall, I defended my dissertation on the current state of journalism. I argued that because journalists no longer are the only ones reporting … [Read more...]

Think the Utility Death Spiral is Hogwash? Think Again.

Is the utility death spiral real? Two recent events lend credibility to the idea that utilities have something to fear from the growth of energy efficiency and distributed generation. First, Morningstar couldn’t have stated more clearly that it sees trouble ahead: “Investors beware: Distributed generation could kill utilities as we know them … [Read more...]