Interview with Kenneth Westrick, Founder and CEO of 3Tier

Fresh out of Masdar’s Smart Grid panel here at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, Kenneth Westrick of 3Tier sat down to talk with me a little bit about what his company does, and to answer a few more questions about how better data helps a “smart grid” work.

3Tier is a renewable energy information services company. The idea: to provide better data for decision makers in the renewable energy sector – making renewable energy more efficient, more cost effective, and therefore more widespread. Kenneth started his company in 1999 as an atmospheric scientist with a fascination for weather modeling and forecasting. Over the past decade, the company has helped developers, operators, financiers, grid managers, and policy makers make better decisions about where and when to place new renewable energy installations, as well as to better manage existing ones.

Apologies for the cutting myself out of the frame!

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of has grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.