Recruiting Priorities: Mobile Platform, Financial Services Software, Networking; and Environmental Commodities Jobs 4-30-2013

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Priority Jobs

Recruiting Priorities Mobile Platform, Financial Services Software, Networking; and Environmental Commodities Jobs

Redfish Technology Tuesday Jobs Madness

 

This week our top recruiting priorities are in Mobile Platform, Financial Services Software, Networking; and Environmental Commodities: Channel Accounts Director – Mobile Platform; Product Marketing Director – Mobile Financial Services; Technical Support Engineer – Networking; Business Development Manager – Environmental Commodities; Sales Account Executive and Senior UI-Visual Designer – Social Technology Platform; and Read more »

Recruiting Priorities: Mobile, Cloud Computing, Biometrics Software, & Energy Efficiency Jobs 3-12-2013

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Recruiting Priorities: Mobile, Cloud Computing, Biometrics Software, & Energy Efficiency Jobs

Redfish Technology Tuesday Jobs Madness

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This week our top recruiting priorities are in Mobile, Cloud Computing, Biometrics Software, & Energy Efficiency: Director of Product – Mobile Platform and Games; Technical Product Manager – Data Center-Cloud Computing; Technical Writer – Mobile Data Security; Sr. Java Engineer – Biometrics Software; Sales Engineer – Energy Efficiency; Senior Sales Executive – Energy Efficiency; and Read more »

Recruiting Priorities: eLearning, Mobile, eCommerce, Energy Jobs│Redfish Technology 2/12/2013

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Redfish Technology Tuesday Jobs Madness

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This week our top recruiting priorities are in eLearning, Mobile, eCommerce, Energy: Business Development Enterprise – Price Management and Optimization Software, Senior Project Manager – Cloud Computing, Analytics Reporting UI Engineer, Java, SQL – Tablet eCommerce, Senior Back End Developer – eLearning, Senior QA Engineer – Social Technology Platform, Process Engineer – Energy Storage; and  Read more »

Big Disappointment in the Jobs Numbers this Month.

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Staffing & Employment News

Big Disappointment in the Jobs Numbers this Month.

At half of what was expected, the U.S. added only 69,000 jobs in May.

 

The pace of hiring slowed sharply, and the weakness was across the board. Some economists attribute this to employers taking the sideline in the midst of economic uncertainties in Europe and fears of a global slowdown.

 

March and April were both downwardly revised by about 50,000 jobs. Unemployment rate rose for the first time in almost a year, to 8.2 percent from 8.1 percent.

 

This month marks the third year since the Great Recession officially ended. And yet, we have a net of 5 million jobs less than we did in December 2007.

 

That said there are sectors that remain strong and optimistic. Read more »

CleanTech Trends: Categorizing Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems

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John Whitney AIA

John Whitney

Categorizing Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems

By John Whitney, AIA

What circumstances make hybrid power systems reasonable, economical, and/or highly desirable?

This is a work in progress, but I would like to achieve more clarity in my thinking about hybrid renewable energy systems. Here’s what I’ve got so far (I’m looking for feedback):

 

By their very nature, hybrid energy systems are developed to solve a problem with a stand-alone generation system. The problem can be situational (remote location makes access to conventional fuels and power grid difficult or impossible) or it can be a system-specific shortcoming (i.e., the intermittent nature of some renewable generation technologies). Additional stimulus for their use may include environmental (desire to lessen impact of conventional generation plant), or economical (use of multiple energy sources to drive a shared generation technology and transmission access) motives. Read more »

Recruiting Success Stories: Mohan Bhan, Solar Energy

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Recruiting Success Stories:

Mohan Bhan

Mohan Bhan

Featured Placement – Mohan Bhan

Chief Technology Officer – Ultra Thin Film Solar Energy

 

When this rising 3rd Generation Solar start-up needed top industry talent, the CEO reached out to Redfish based on excellent industry recommendations. Incorporating nano structured photovoltaic cells to increase the total daily power output of solar modules, this exciting company’s mission is to provide clean, safe, renewable energy Read more »

Tech Trends: Technology Investment Creates Jobs, Prosperity

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Tech Trends

Technology Investment Creates Jobs, Prosperity

Technology investment nurtures innovation and creates economic prosperity. This statement has been proved time and time again. In competition with the Soviet Union’s space program, the U.S. invested heavily in science, engineering, aerospace, and technology, and they pay off was strong innovation, huge job creation, and the birth of new industries in which the U.S. was the clear leader for decades. Today high tech products are the U.S.’s largest overseas export, making up 17.8 percent of all U.S. exports and supporting more than 900,000 U.S. jobs. Most nations are doubling down on their technology and innovation strategies and investment in an effort to win in the telecommunications, energy, and IT industries; securing dominance in key industries of tomorrow will grow jobs and prosperity for the winners.

Investment means allocating funds but it also means creating and acquiring talent. The U.S. has fallen behind in domestic Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education – while 33% of the workforce requires these talents, Americans obtaining degrees in these fields falls below the mark. Foreign-born innovators and entrepreneurs have been instrumental in many of the cutting edge firms and technologies that have brought prosperity throughout the history of the U.S. A  Kauffman Foundation study found that 25% of science and technology start-ups founded between 1995 and 2005 had either a foreign-born chief executive or lead technologist. In 2005, these firms produced $52 billion in revenue with 450,000 employees. Opening immigration to highly skilled and educated will feed and grow innovation and jobs here in the U.S.

Technology innovation leads to national economic prosperity. According to a study by Christine Qiang of 120 nations between 1980 and 2006 estimated that for each 10 percentage point increase in broadband penetration, a high income country’s gross domestic product goes up by 1.3 percent. According to TechAmerica’s Phillip J. Bond, president and CEO, on the average each tech job supports three jobs in other sectors of the economy and the multiplier effect is 5-to-1 for information technology jobs. Information technology accounts for more than a third of U.S. gross domestic product growth and nearly two-thirds of corporate capital investment. Currently there are 375,000 information technology businesses in the U.S. employing over 5.9 million people; by 2018 IT jobs are projected to grow by 22 percent.

 

Recommended reading from Redfish Technology:

Competition for Talent, Immigrants Have Historically been Innovators, Job Creators.

Tech Provides Map for Nation’s Future

Technology and the Innovation Economy by Darrell M. West, Vice President and Director, Governance Studies at the The Brookings Institution

 

The Risks to Solar Energy’s Future, By Gary L Hunt

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The Risks to Solar Energy’s Future

Gary L Hunt, Insight Advisors

By Gary L Hunt

Life in the solar energy business is a constant battle between soaring aspirations for long term growth juxtaposed against the terrifying reality of falling prices and global competition.  Selling more might actually mean your solar energy business will just lose more money faster. Read more »

The Future of Energy Efficiency and Demand Response is Embedded Technology

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The Future of Energy Efficiency and Demand Response is Embedded Technology

by Gary L Hunt 
Gary L Hunt, Insight Advisors

Gary L Hunt

Congress recently debated whether to overturn the rule banning the incandescent light bulb. The bill did not get the 2/3 vote needed to advanced. Environmental advocates cheered this ‘enlightened action’ but failed to mention that more than a majority of members voted for the bill.

Does that mean the majority are rejecting energy efficiency?

The push for energy efficiency has been around at least since Jimmy Carter was president and there are true believers. It’s not that energy efficiency isn’t important—it is! It’s not that we don’t have opportunities to be more efficiency—we do! In the United States residences consume about 20% of all energy used and a lot of it is wasted.

Why we turn-off our energy efficiency enthusiasm:

  1. Energy Efficiency is a big hassle.
  2. Energy Efficiency savings are not worth that hassle for most customers.
  3. Energy Efficiency programs are intrusive and want to change our lifestyles.

While most utilities are required by regulators to be energy efficiency cheerleaders, they get paid when we use energy not when we save it. A few states, like California, have ‘decoupled rates’ shifting the rate of return utilities earn away from commodity energy sales and more toward achieving performance targets. This helps better align the interests of utilities and customers but it isn’t sufficient to get the energy efficiency potential available.

California is again a case in point. The big three California investor owned utilities recently filed their smart grid deployment performance reports with the California Public Utilities Commission. The reports suggest that utilities are mostly focused on demand response and have begun implementing peak day pricing to encourage customers to respond to high energy use periods. But energy efficiency and especially encouraging home area networks and other strategies to put all that smart meter technology to work to enable “self help” has been a big bust. Perhaps that explains why Google abandoned PowerMeter and Microsoft scrapped HOLM for lack of customer interest.

CA Art Rosenfield Effect of EE Rules on Energy intensity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back when Jerry Brown was Governor the first time in the 1970’s California adopted its first energy efficiency code. Today the result of that great experiment in energy efficiency is that California’s energy intensity is fully one-half the national average. Because of the size of the California market, appliance makers built better products just like automakers reduced emissions and the benefits spread beyond California’s borders.

Disruptive Technology is both the problem and solution for energy efficiency.

The California Energy Efficiency Code worked well for several decades until the disruptive technology of flat screen HD TV’s arrived on the scene. In a span of as little as five years, the rapid growth in the market penetration for HDTVs overwhelmed the energy efficiency savings to date. Those HDTVs used a lot more energy and they ate up the efficiency savings from all the laundry and kitchen appliance improvements for the last twenty years! Poof! Gone in the flash of a gazillion megapixels. So California amended its energy efficiency code to apply to HDTVs and the balance is being restored as new energy efficient HDTVs replace the first generation ones. We’ll buy them too because they are bigger, brighter, and cheaper—and we want them!

So what’s the lesson?

1. Embed Energy Efficiency Technology. If we want energy efficiency—and we do, we need to embed it in the technology we expect to use and make it part of the products we buy not something we must think about, decide up or do separately from living our lives.

2. Make it EASY! So why don’t we make use of home area networks? We know the answer– because it is not yet fast, easy, cheap or convenient. We don’t want more gadgets, we want better apps on the gadgets we already have and use. This is the lesson we learned when less than 20% of us bothered to learn how to program our old VCRs, or set our programmable thermostats, and why Microsoft finally set up Windows automatic updates—because doing this stuff is a big hassle.

3. Give Me Control and Don’t Try to change my Lifestyle. Most start-ups in this space are focused on building software, gadgets, dashboards and devices. Most will likely reach the same conclusion as Google’s PowerMeter and MSFT HOLM not because these are not good products, but because we don’t want them. We want simplified integrated solutions that give us control over our lifestyles. We don’t want big brother (utilities, government or big companies) tracking us, measuring us, alerting us or shaming us into saving energy. We don’t want more gadgets or devices. We don’t want our personal information stored in some ‘hackable’ cloud server. What is missing is that fine balance between embedded technology that helps me optimize my use based upon decisions I make that gives ME control over my lifestyle and the ability to change my mind.

Who’s on First Customers or Utilities?

Many of the start-ups and vendors in the energy efficiency and demand response space are focused on utilities not end-use customers. The energy and utility markets are still too fragmented to afford the scale needed for retail customer aggregation at this stage. Vendors see utilities as their customers buying EE and DR deliverables vendors get from aggregating commercial and industrial customers. So far this has worked OK for vendors focused like EnerNOC, Comverge and CPower, but theirs is a transitional game and continued growth means they must constantly expand into new markets.

The utilities are procrastinating until standards are adopted like the proposed Smart Energy Profile 2.0 HAN national standard, but that might take another five years. California’s big three investor owned utilities say they have pilot programs but the number of devices in active use is small. The risk for utilities is they are wasting their lead time while they still control the gateway to customers when they could be offering fast, easy, embedded technology solutions that would improve customer engagement, overcome angst about smart meter deployment changes in rates, and set the stage for a more distributed energy future for themselves and their customers. This will likely prove as big mistake.

The door is opening for more disruptive technology change ahead as smart meter saturation gives way to more and better ways to use the meter data insight to create new products and ‘wise up’ old ones. I predict a race ahead between the utility-centric vendors and the customer-centered vendors.

Utilities will wake up to the need to catch up after having wasted this lead-time and will scramble to offer their customers better solutions that enable use of smart meter data, energy efficiency and demand response services, and distributed generation options. Few are likely to succeed because they are not working NOW to engage customers, and organize them into a loyal social network that sees the utility has “on their side” in understanding and making effective use of smart grid enabled disruptive technologies.

Advantage will likely belong to new vendors who use social networking and customer aggregation to create the scale needed to make new disruptive technology driven solutions scalable and profitable. This is a marketing play not a device sale play. It is a segmentation play not a one size fits all solution. It is who do you trust not what do you have to sell me. For smart grid to succeed requires scale and the ability to cross artificial market boundaries. The consolidation process is already underway in each stage of the energy value chain.

Bigger players are emerging offering end to end solutions. New entrants using new applications of disruptive technology will surprise us as customers and will swamp the boat of procrastinating utilities and complacent gadget makers. All you have to do is imagine the disruptive technology power of an “Energy Groupon’ working with vendors to seduce us into playing the energy efficiency and demand response game for fun and profit. What profit? The kind utilities never offer us—winner of the biggest saver in the neighborhood award. A chance to enter the Hawaii vacation sweepstakes from among the neighborhood winners in my town. The competition between schools for a big prize for the most energy savings by households of students.

  • Help us win and we will help you save energy. Let me track my progress on my Comcast home energy channel or change my settings on my iPhone app.
  • Make it competitive and fun to save energy. Show me the competitive scores on EE by neighborhoods in my neighborhoods score compared to its savings potential for the current quarter’s Sweepstakes.
  • Empower me to save energy with embedded technology. That embedded technology turned HDTV from scoundrels into energy efficiency champions while giving me bigger screen, brighter picture AND energy savings in one generation of technology, but it took the amendment to energy efficiency code to achieve it. If other states did nothing more than adopt the California Energy Efficiency Code or the new national standards based code, we could dramatically improve energy efficiency and intensity.

Creating the consumer demand for better products using less energy from disruptive new technologies that also lower costs—that is the big pay-off for all of us.

Related articles

National Demand Response Action Plan Message to Customers: You Win! (insightadvisor.wordpress.com)

Cost-saving claims add up to barefaced cheek (guardian.co.uk)

Smart Energy Data Frienemies (insightadvisor.wordpress.com)

Landlord insurance holders ‘need to be more energy efficient’ (premierlinedirect.co.uk)

Home Energy Auditor in Maryland Participates in Pepco’s Home Performance with Energy Star(R) Program (prweb.com)

EPA: New Energy Star Initiative Recognizes Cutting-Edge Products with Highest Energy Efficiency (bespacific.com)

Support For Energy Efficient Bulbs Dims Among GOP (npr.org)

Why Fighting Energy-Efficient Lightbulbs Is So Stupid (ecocentric.blogs.time.com)

 

About the author:

Gary L. Hunt has been a trusted advisor on energy and technology issues for more than thirty years. He served as CEO of a wholesale power producer in New England, ran utility systems in Austin, Texas and Oakland, California, and, for the past ten years, been a strategic consultant focused on energy markets, fundamentals, prices and risk. The views expressed here are his personal observations and insight and do not necessarily represent those of his employer, clients, colleagues or wife.

You can read his blog Insight Advisor at: http://insightadvisor.wordpress.com/

 

Jobs Growth Anemic, yet Senior Talent in Shortage in Certain Sectors

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Jobs Growth Anemic, yet Senior Talent in Shortage in Certain Sectors

ADP/BLS

Leading up to the BLS employment report on Friday, ADP estimated private payrolls rose 114,000 in July. The BLS figures came in 117,000 nonfarm employment and 154,000 in total private employment. Gains were seen in health care, retail trade, manufacturing, and mining; while Government employment continued to decline. Manufacturing employment increased in by 24,000, professional and technical services increased by 18,000, Government employment decreased by 37,000. The unemployment rate stayed put at 9.1% (13.9 million people).

AESC / Executive Search

According to the Association of Executive Search Consultants’ (AESC), 66% of search professionals have a positive prediction for their industry in the second half of the year.  The biggest growth in demand for senior talent is in the Energy/Natural Resources sector. The United States is experiencing a “sustained resurgence of demand” according to AESC President, Peter Felix. Worldwide, the General Management/CEO/COO functions are anticipated to experience the greatest shortage of talent, followed by Business Development and then Engineering. Read more »