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  • Smartest smart meter: The gasoline pump?

    Americans do many things well. These things do not include sacrifice of creature comforts. So it came as a surprise to see US Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash) suggest we can avert 20% of our energy use if we take short “military showers” over 20 weeks.  Who the heck is going to do that? We already know from Jimmy Carter-era energy policies that lecturing Americans does not result in sustained ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • Powering Renewable Programs: The Utility Perspective

    When considering how to build out a renewable energy portfolio, there are a lot of factors and many points of view to consider. For purposes of this narrative, we will take the point of view of the electric utility itself. Your electricity providers are quite familiar with the concept of a “smart grid.” According to the Department of Energy (DOE), a smart grid “generally refers ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • White Paper: Energy Superhighway Will Be Crucial to Successful Delivery and Management of Energy Services

    Rrecent white paper from Navigant Research provides a far-reaching view of the connectivity needs of electric utilities, exploring approaches and technologies, with case studies of projects designed to develop an Energy Superhighway. Over the last decade, with the advent of smart grid technology, ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Your electric meter: A villain or hero?

    Before energy became a hot topic, no one cared about the electric meter.  It was the box on the house we all ignored except the guy from the utility who dodged the barking dogs to take a reading from it once in awhile. It is a sign of our times that this box now inspires enough emotion for people to take to the streets. Protesters gathered outside the California Public Utilities Commission ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • Why smart utilities are embracing distributed electricity

    Power companies that take initiative now can position themselves for a bright future in tomorrow’s clean energy economy The growth of distributed energy generation, particularly in the form of solar energy, leaves the aging, monopolistic electric utility system a daunting choice: Come out swinging in defense of the status quo or boldly jump into the cockpit, put on the ...


    By Ensia

  • Smart meters: Truly a cure for energy blindness?

    And now for a dose of reality.   No doubt smart meters are a good thing, but even their most ardent fans must admit that a degree of hoopla surrounds these little digital boxes. We hear that if consumers can just see how much power they use in real time, and what it costs, our energy woes will be no more.   Smart meters will even cure the blind. The energy blind that ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • 10 Dumb Things Smart People Do When Testing Electricity

    Be safe when testing electricity. Quick reminder of what NOT to do when taking electrical measurements. Anyone who makes their living by working with electricity quickly develops a healthy respect for anything with even a remote chance of being “live.” Yet the pressures of getting a job done on time or getting a mission-critical piece of equipment back on line can sometimes ...


    By IndustryFriend

  • Why we need to get enthusiastic about smart energy meters

    The national rollout of smart energy meter systems will give power back to consumers while helping to create a sustainable energy future - but only if the technology is adopted enthusiastically. Paul Rafis explains why we need to promote a culture of proactivity to make the smart meter project successful.   The fight for energy sustainability is being ...


    By Business Gas.com

  • Smart Grids – The Governmental Approach

    Scott Blake Harris is the General Council for the US Department of Energy, and has recently spoken out at the NGU US summit (hosted by GDS International).   He was nominated in the position by President Barack Obama in March 2009, and was confirmed by the United States Senate in May 2009.  He focused his address on the $4 billion investment into smart grids and renewables across ...


    By GDS International

  • Smart grid: How big is big?

    A Cisco executive attracted some eye rolling after commenting that smart grid could be “even bigger than the Internet.” But the statement isn’t farfetched when you think about what smart grid encompasses: a convergence of three industry giants: information technology, telecommunications and the electric grid, the world’s biggest machine. A report this week by Greentech Media made clear just how ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • What the heck is a smart grid anyway?

    You know the old adage, ‘Never talk about politics or religion in polite company’? I’m beginning to think we need to add a third restraint, one against debate over the meaning of smart grid.Okay, it’s not exactly a dinnertime topic. But I’ve discovered in gatherings of energy nerds (I’m one), discussion can become fairly heated over what constitutes “smart grid.”On the one side are the ...

  • State of the Smart Grid Business in 2013

    Smart Grid sales across the world in the last 3 years at installed prices have grown by CAGR of approx. 35% and climbed to $36.5 billion in 2012. Given the general global economic demise during this period these figures are remarkable. However they include a steady flow of refurbishment business that has for more than 10 years incrementally improved and smartened up the control and reliability of ...

  • Smart utilities and sustainable resource management

    With the increased availability of inexpensive micro-sensor technologies, everything is becoming “sensor-tagged”. Energy and water utilities are benefiting from this “sensorization” of our infrastructure and the associated smart technology advancements. These progressive utilities are employing innovative, real-time monitoring and control applications with high volume and ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Smart energy needs smarter regulation

    As Europe’s smart energy community looks forward to coming together at European Utility Week (EUW) 2016 in Barcelona later this year, Global Smart Grid Federation’s Ronnie Belmans looks at how energy regulation could be refocused to the benefit of the industry and consumers. A recent survey of EUW’s Advisory Board Members revealed that almost 70 per cent of them thought that ...


    By Synergy Events

  • Northeast US a smart energy testing ground

    By Elisa Wood August 19, 2010   Ben Franklin’s saying, “Out of adversity comes opportunity” seems to characterize the energy sector in US Northeast. Electricity rates are among the nation’s highest. Population density leaves scant room for new power plants and transmission lines.  And the region has little indigenous generation fuel. So ...

  • Looking forward to the day smart grid dies

    The title of this blog might strike you as kind of weird, especially this week. After all, the Electric Power Research Institute made the news with a study showing that smart grid is going to be far bigger than we first thought. Smart grid in simplest terms brings to the electrical grid the digital intelligence of computers and the Internet. Just seven years ago EPRI expected smartening the grid ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • Smart grid and stupid buildings: Can this marriage survive?

    Smart grid is still in its honeymoon phase. Hardly a day goes by without fanfare in the news about how it will reform building energy use. Maybe so. But for the marriage of smart grid and US buildings to work, someone's got to change. Is the stupid building up to the task? “Wiring the Smart Grid for Energy Efficiency,' a white paper by Oregon-based Portland Energy Conservation Inc (PECI), brings ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • Adding Big Data and Analytics to the Smart Building Equation

    Continuing our series of articles on Innovation we talked to Dave Bartlett, Vice President, IBM Smarter Physical Infrastructure, about IBM’s vision for the Smart Building market and the key emerging technologies. There seem to be many definitions of ‘Smart’ Buildings. How do you define ‘Smart’ and what is IBM’s vision for this market? Is it just about reducing ...

  • Video Reveals the Truth About Smart Grid

    We don’t think about energy until something goes wrong, and this week things went wrong on an historic level. As a result, the public and pundits are again focusing on the fragility of big electric grids. Ten percent of the world’s population – more than 600 million people – lost their power in India on July 31, marking the largest blackout in history. India’s grid ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • A sociotechnical systems model for smart-grid adoption in mid-sized urban environments

    In this paper, we present a quantified system dynamics model simulating the adoption of smart grid technologies such as electric vehicles, PV systems and smart meters in a mid-sized urban system and the resulting impact on the CO 2 emissions. We also analyse the impact of different subsidies on the adoption and calculate the effectiveness regarding public and private spending on these ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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