The current trend in going green is producing clean gas, finding renewables and maintaining energy efficiency. If the government seed money allocated for smart grid is any indication, a green smart grid may be the best approach to reducing your carbon footprint. But how do we know that this isn’t just another green technology bubble like solar energy? How can IT help to capitalize on these initiatives? What can we do now to ensure we will see our investments in this technology 20 years from now?
Dr. Dirk E. Mahling, CMVP, Chief Information Officer, Seattle City Light
Dirk is a technology leader with a management consulting background and over 15 years’ experience in the utility/energy management industry, managing multiple teams through software/system design to the go-live stage. He has created energ... More View all posts
Dirk is a technology leader with a management consulting background and over 15 years’ experience in the utility/energy management industry, managing multiple teams through software/system design to the go-live stage. He has created energy management products for industry leaders, PMOs to install them, NOCs to operate them and field engineering to connect them. Dirk has run professional services in the energy/IT consulting area, working from goal setting with executive leadership through specifications and design, all the way to implementation and roll-out, ensuring business success and ROI. He has developed, managed and controlled budgets in accordance with plan as well as developing teams and people to create a culture of performance, competence, and excellence. His Professional Accomplishments include: Having boosted an energy management start-up company to move from ground zero to profitability ($15M revenue) by creating the product, defining the business processes, guiding marketing and actively selling and installing the product for a major industry player; Built the whole delivery platform for CPower from scratch (demand response software, SaaS, NOC, PMO, field services, marketing material, and whitepapers) which “made the trains run on time” and allowed a planned exit to Constellation in less than four years; Created a consulting practice (solutions, processes and delivery capabilities) at Primix that was profitable from the start and continued to grow into the largest practice at Primix with over 50 people and $8M in revenues; Is a recognized thought leader: holds an energy management patent (IUE product), over 20 publications in books and journals and makes at least five presentations per year in the technology sector; Received the Frost and Sullivan customer service award for 2005; best new product award from BuilConn in 2004; Created one of the first Knowledge Management Systems at A. T. Kearney to capture intellectual capital of the consulting firm (20% increase in proposal hit rate) and turned it into a client offering and management practice; Less View all posts