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The Implications of Not Enough Grid

A copyrighted story in the Los Angeles Times on December 2 (“Power struggle: Green energy versus a grid that’s not ready”), raises important issues for policy makers, developers, transmission owners and consumers alike. The article points out the significant limitations of the existing U.S. energy grid for integrating renewable resources. For example, the grid as […]

The Implications of Ikea Selling Solar Panels

In an earlier post on this blog, I asked: “How soon will it be before we see retail behemoths like Wal-Mart go from exiting the grid at their warehouse facilities, to actually selling Wal-Mart generated electricity to their customers (want to refuel your electric vehicle at a lower cost than at home? Just top off […]

The Implications of Google as an Electric Utility

On September 17, Google announced that its energy subsidiary (aptly named, Google Energy) will purchase all of the electricity produced by the 240 megawatt Happy Hereford wind farm, which will be built near Amarillo, Texas. Google Energy has a license to buy and sell electricity, just like any traditional utility. Google also operates a large […]

The Implications of NREL’s “Energy Systems Integration Facility”

Recently, I participated in a spirited debate on LinkedIn with several industry colleagues on the future of the electrical grid. The debate was spurred by an article in Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek Magazine with the provocative title, “Why the U.S. Power Grid’s Days are Numbered.” Most who participated in the conversation felt that the grid is going […]

U.S. Electric Utilities are Dead: Long Live the Utilities!

The debate about the future of the U.S. electric utility industry is heating up. How will utilities handle the growing demands on the existing electrical grid from advances in technology? To what extent will utility companies be able to fend off competition from micro grids and local generation, including such things as rooftop solar installations? […]

The First Step in Strategic Planning: Reducing “DKDK” Risk

In a recent Inc. Magazine article, Les McKeown describes a business adaptation of “Johari’s  Window.” Instead of the 4-part window originally developed in the mid-1950’s to help people understand their relationship with themselves and others, McKeown uses a circle representing everything you need to know to grow your business successfully: It is made up of […]

Building Trust in the Utility Sector

A recent study by Accenture (“The New Energy Consumer Handbook“) delivers an important message to utility industry leaders: now, more than ever, consumers need to hear from you about how you will deliver reliable, affordable electricity to power their interconnected world. Unfortunately, most utility executives remain virtually unknown in their communities, preferring to keep their […]

Welcome to our STAR Blog

Hello!  Welcome to our blog – a hub of information, conversation, and guidance from STAR Group: a different kind of consulting firm, who empowers groups of people to solve difficult problems and achieve unprecedented levels of success. Topics you can look forward to discussing and learning about are the revolutionary Implications Wheel, business tools such […]