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We are in the midst of a time every bit as important and far-reaching as the days of Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. Today we are reinventing electricity to not only create a better standard of living, but equally important, to establish a better standard of working. Scroll down to read our Electronomics series that highlights the economics in play as our world shifts to the Electricity Economy.

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Electronomics: Reinventing electricity

Electronomics, Electricity Economy, Electricity 2.0, economics of electricity, Jesse Berst Electronomics, smart grid technologies, electric utilities, future of electricity, future of electric utilities, utility business models, smart grid business model
In the years after Edison brought forth Electricity 1.0, we continued to invent new ways to harness electricity to improve comfort, convenience and connectedness. Now as we move toward Electricity 2.0, the challenge is to combine updated technology with updated policy to enable not only better living, but better working as well. That's because Electricity 2.0 is directly tied to commerce and global competitiveness - and in this first segment of our new Electronomics series we'll explore the very interesting path that got us here.

Utility death knell? Investors grow wary of utility stocks

Smart grid, smart grid trends, utility investments, electric utilities, renewable energy
As on-site renewable power generation grows more popular, the future of traditional public utilities has become questionable. The author of a recent article on the subject has done an interesting summary of the reasons for concern. And not that it’s going to make anyone feel better, but the trend is global.

Is smart grid worth it? How does a $2 trillion efficiency benefit sound?

Smart grid, smart grid technology, smart grid economic benefits, smart grid investment, cybersecurity, standards, smart grid markets
It's not news it will cost a lot of money to build a smart grid that provides the secure, reliable and sustainable energy network we envision. But the economic benefits anticipated by a NIST expert might surprise you.

How to help Maryland invent the utility of the future (by Jan. 20!)

utility business model, electric utilities, Maryland Utility 2.0, energy future coalition, maryland utility pilot
We've written about the need for a better utility business model time and again. And we're certainly not alone in thinking the status quo is flawed. So we were pleased to see that Maryland's governor has put a Utility 2.0 pilot on the fast track. Click to see how you can participate.

A better way to do smart grid cost recovery (PUCs pay attention)

Smart Grid, smart grid cost recovery, Paul Alvarez on smart grid cost recovery, smart grid investments, IOUs' smart grid investments
In a recent guest editorial, consultant Paul Alvarez made some compelling arguments for switching to performance-based regulation of investor-owned utilities' smart grid investments. He's returned to address the next logical question - how to design cost recovery risks and rewards in that brave new world.

Why we must rebrand the electric power industry

electric power industry, rebranding the electric power industry, Lisa Wood of the Institute for Electric Efficiency, electric efficiency
Filmed at the Edison Foundation/Institute for Electric Efficiency's Powering the People 2.0 conference in Washington, D.C. on March 22, 2012, this video features Smart Grid News Founding Editor and Chief Analyst Jesse Berst interviewing IEE Executive Director Lisa Wood about the conference's purpose and major takeaways.

Electronomics: Your MoSoLo(Co) future and how to prepare

Electronomics, MoSoLo, MoSoLo(Co), energy consumers,
One of the most thought-provoking speeches at this year's Accenture International Utilities and Energy Conference came from Google's Michael Lock. He offered a sneak peek at what's coming that will revolutionize the business world - and reasons why the electric power industry can't isolate itself from this next phase.

Electronomics: Why utilities must invent their own future

Electronomics, Electricity Economy, Electricity 2.0, economics of electricity, Jesse Berst Electronomics, smart grid technologies, electric utilities, future of electricity, future of electric utilities, utility business models, smart grid business model
To date, the smart grid revolution has been mostly about technology. Going forward, it will increasingly be about new policies and new business models. But unless they change their attitude (and their aim), most utilities will have that new future imposed on them - and will probably be very unhappy with the result. Find out why.

Why utility CEOs are asking the wrong question (and what they should ask instead)

Electronomics, Electricity Economy, Electricity 2.0, economics of electricity, Jesse Berst Electronomics, smart grid technologies, electric utilities, future of electricity, future of electric utilities, utility business models, smart grid business model
Ironically, utility CEOs understand how technology change has turned other industries upside down -- telecommunications, retailing, music, newspapers, photography, etc. etc. Yet they seem to feel the electric power industry is somehow immune. They aren't asking the question that should be top of mind as new smart grid technologies turn their business upside down.

9 things we already know about the smart grid's future

Electronomics, Electricity Economy, Electricity 2.0, economics of electricity, Jesse Berst Electronomics, smart grid technologies, electric utilities, future of electricity, future of electric utilities, utility business models, smart grid business model
After dozens of interviews with utility CEOs and CIOs and attendance at five separate "future of the smart grid" workshops, we've culled from those executives and experts nine predictions about the forces that will be driving the smart grid's future, from choosy consumers and multiplying market choices to deepening jurisdictional tensions.

When not whether: 5 unstoppable smart grid trends

Electronomics, Electricity Economy, Electricity 2.0, economics of electricity, Jesse Berst Electronomics, smart grid technologies, electric utilities, future of electricity, future of electric utilities, utility business models, smart grid business model
There are strong disagreements among experts in the smart grid industry about what will happen when, and what it will mean. But there's also violent agreement on at least five trends, including the technologies that will shift the landscape most dramatically.

The 3 phases of the smart grid's technology future

Electronomics, Electricity Economy, Electricity 2.0, economics of electricity, Jesse Berst Electronomics, smart grid technologies, electric utilities, future of electricity, future of electric utilities, utility business models, smart grid business model
What will the smart grid look like 25 years from now – and what paths will we take to get there? Click for a futuristic look at the three phases that will likely occur, albeit in different times in different places, as electric utilities roll out smart grid technologies.

New utility business models: Experts predict the 3 stages of our evolution

Electronomics, Electricity Economy, Electricity 2.0, economics of electricity, Jesse Berst Electronomics, smart grid technologies, electric utilities, future of electricity, future of electric utilities, utility business models, smart grid business model
Utilities are about to see dramatic pressures and changes, yet many utility executives are not preparing for the likelihood that the utility business model as they know it will undergo a significant transformation. Click for details on the three phases many experts believe utility business models will pass through during this transformation.

From volume to value: Why utilities MUST change their business model (and one way to get started)

Electronomics, Electricity Economy, Electricity 2.0, economics of electricity, Jesse Berst Electronomics, smart grid technologies, electric utilities, future of electricity, future of electric utilities, utility business models, smart grid business model
Consumers' appetite for value-added energy services – from consumption controls to demand response programs to green energy - will grow stronger over the next decade. As those services become more widespread and well-known, they will come to expect them from every utility. Find out why it is so important for utilities to proactively decide where they want to be on the "volume-to-value continuum."

Future of electric power: Why some utilities will evolve into a "wires-only" infrastructure role

Electronomics, Electricity Economy, Electricity 2.0, economics of electricity, Jesse Berst Electronomics, smart grid technologies, electric utilities, future of electricity, future of electric utilities, utility business models, smart grid business model
We've talked about the "volume-to-value continuum" as a metaphor to help utilities prepare for the future and decide which role they will play as smart grid technologies force new business models to emerge. Click for a deep dive on what choosing the infrastructure - role providing commodity electrons - might look like.

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