LO3 Energy named one of the most innovative co's in energy

We would like to express our best wishes and huge congrats to our friends at @LO3energy for being named one of the most innovative co's in energy by @FastCompany.

To learn more about LO3 Energy and the company's Brooklyn Microgrid project please see the video below. To view the full list of Fast Company innovator recipients by sector please visit http://bit.ly/2lHD8oq.

A modern localized power ecosystem Thomas Edison would be proud of

A modern localized power ecosystem Thomas Edison would be proud of

It’s been said that a tree grows in Brooklyn. Based on my recent visit with Architectural Grille, so does innovation. I was blown away how this company, a light commercial business that is member of the Brooklyn Microgrid is strategically looking to make itself and the surrounding community more resilient. From embracing solar power and implementing the latest manufacturing technologies to creating local jobs, I was able to see firsthand the spirit of modern capitalism and how an established business was looking for new ways to not only stay cutting edge, but to be sustainable to its very core. No greater example of this was management’s willingness to join a pilot study (see video below) aimed at tapping data analytics to examine how to monetize excess energy production through a blockchain platform that can foster a localized peer-to-peer energy marketplace, nothing short of a transformative concept in the power sector. 

500 billion reasons blockchain can be a power play in energy

500 billion reasons blockchain can be a power play in energy

Opportunity for President Trump and his new administration. It will most definitely come in many shapes, sizes and yes, even industries. To that end, while there was enormous focus in 2016 regarding how blockchain, the digital ledger of transactions, is rapidly disrupting the banking industry, opportunities for this technology do also exist within auto, insurance and energy, a focus near and dear to my heart at Blue Phoenix. This is especially true with the Internet of Things (IoT) blossoming and connected devices usage expected to top 500 billion by 2030 alone according to Cisco Systems. 

9 Quick Thoughts on Blockchain

9 Quick Thoughts on Blockchain

Blockchain is a hot topic these days, and rightly so due to its vast potential in helping to shape news ways to transparently perform real-time transactions and evolve the future of secure global business. With such a lighting in a bottle type of disruption at our fingertips, the internet as we now know it is about to look like black and white televisions. Here are some quick thoughts on blockchain I put together and wanted to share with you. 

Energy technology can help millennials afford home ownership

Energy technology can help millennials afford home ownership

More and more millennials are buying single family homes outside the city limits due in part to urban centers reaching “peak millennial” as stated by Professor Dowell Meyers of USC. Many of these rural homes are older - something that can make the purchase more affordable, along with mortgage rates that are still near 40-year lows. However, aging homes often need upgrading and are not nearly as energy efficient as compared to newer construction.

13 reasons why energy companies should unplug from traditional marketing

13 reasons why energy companies should unplug from traditional marketing

Much more than previous generations, millennials are socially conscious, especially when it comes to the environment and who they buy products and services from. Considering most millennials and Gen Z growing up behind them are connected to mobile devices, the way energy companies interact with them must change. Therefore content strategy should be about storytelling, personalization and conversation. The younger generation wants to feel like they are being heard, by humans. So if you are trying to engage with customers, don’t rely on chatbots - not yet anyway.

“Retaining” today’s energy customer is more important than adding them

“Retaining” today’s energy customer is more important than adding them

In a world more focused on sharing, efficiency and affordability, adding customers for utilities is simply not the win is used to be. In fact, “retaining” them is more important than ever for today’s utility players. This is why data can play a pivotal role to drive new insights that can ultimately help utilities evolve in an era of change and disruption taking place within the energy sector. 

Orchestration of energy could help avoid rolling blackouts from electric cars

Orchestration of energy could help avoid rolling blackouts from electric cars

Whether you agree or not you agree, the personalization of energy is happening at warp speed and greater stress on the grid will only become more and more evident as EV prices drop further and higher amounts of charging at all hours becomes simply unavoidable. 

Why the electric vehicle revolution needs a new, “clean” charge

Why the electric vehicle revolution needs a new, “clean” charge

It really is astonishing to see Tesla Motors receive north of 325,000 pre-orders for its Model 3, the company’s first all-electric sedan that is aimed at the mass market.  Even though a well-equipped Model 3 will likely top $42,000 when it rolls off the assembly line, it is clear the public has spoken: electric mobility will play an increasingly large role in the future of transportation.

Successful Model 3 good for auto industry as a whole

Successful Model 3 good for auto industry as a whole

There is much excitement and buzz over Tesla’s Model 3 electric sedan. Yet while Tesla is unveiling its lower cost electric vehicle (EV) aimed at the masses, as the owner of BMW/MINI of Freeport, I can’t help but look proudly at how BMW through its “i” portfolio is embracing its own electric mobility effort.

The Saudis aren't the force they once were in oil

The Saudis aren't the force they once were in oil

Saudi Arabia ruling out oil production cut shows they don’t carry the big sword they once did. As a result, OPEC is oil’s version of music’s Milli Vanilli - we just don’t know the truth about production. To be frank, the Saudi oil minister, Al-Naimi, coming stateside to face US shale producers is an odd move - especially when he didn't do this when the price of oil was falling violently.