Summary: In our work at E Source we analyze lots of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and demand response technologies. The first thing we do...
Summary: In our work at E Source we analyze lots of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and demand response technologies. The first thing we do is determine whether or not they are technically capable of providing the benefits that their vendors claim. That’s the easy part. We also have to make some judgment regarding whether the companies providing these technologies are likely to succeed at bringing them to market. Will they successfully attract, sell to, and serve large numbers of customers, or will they be crushed by inertia and competition? Making such judgments was exceedingly difficult until we found some work done by Harvard Business School that analyzed which technologies typically lead to success for the companies that produce them, and which ones lead to failure. We adapted this work to the green energy technology sector and have found it to be quite helpful in our analyses.
Jay Stein is an Executive Vice President at E Source, focused on new product development and technology assessment. Jay is also a specialist in HVAC, high-tech industrial process technologies, and the IT industry. Over his 35-year career in the twin fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy, he designed utility demand-side management programs, advanced HVAC systems, and solar thermal collectors. He has also authored and coauthored more than 100 technical papers, magazine articles, and book chapters. Before joining E Source in 1996, Mr. Stein cofounded E-Cube Inc., an energy consulting firm specializing in building energy analysis and commissioning. He has a BS in agricultural engineering from Rutgers University.