Thursday, February 24th, 2011
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 (more…)
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
Downloadable from the Android Market, the app will allow customers to control their ecobee Smart Thermostats anytime, anywhere.
Have you ever left your home for a business trip or vacation, only spend your time wondering if you’d left the heat or unnecessary lights on? (more…)
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
The number of smart meters in Asian markets will increase from 52.8 million in 2010 to more than 350.3 million by 2016 as governments and electric utilities across the region increasingly emphasize the technology, according to a new market report.
That represents an annual growth rate of (more…)
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
Urbanization in the 21st century is creating a set of new challenges for governance. How will national, state/provincial, and city governments effectively provide vital services to citizens? And as a greater portion of the world’s population gets connected through smart phones and other slick new data-sharing devices, how will people access those services? (more…)
Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
Mesh Comm is an Atlanta, Georgia, company and the owner of U.S. Patent No. 7,379,981 (’981 Patent) relating to a system for enabling wireless communication between meters so utilities can remotely monitor and control energy usage.
Entitled “Wireless communication enabled (more…)
Monday, January 24th, 2011
The industry has been abuzz this past week over the announced acquisition (ahem – merger) of Progress Energy by Duke Energy. The combined entity will become the largest electric utility in the U.S. by revenue and generation capacity if approved by the various regulatory bodies, which is no sure thing. Like most mergers, the promised benefits, for shareholders and (more…)
Friday, January 21st, 2011
We hear a great deal about partisan bickering in Washington, but according to a webinar I attended yesterday on power transmission, the governors of each state on the eastern seaboard of the US from Maine to Virginia are all in complete accord on the imperative to develop offshore wind. “There are a couple of extremely (more…)
Friday, January 14th, 2011
Many of us are generally quite gung-ho on the amazing power of wireless technology. From convenience to efficiency and cost savings, there’s plenty to rave about.
Yet in the San Francisco Bay Area — and in particular in my Marin County home — citizens are up in arms, blockading trucks and opposing mandatory installation of (more…)
Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
As we’ve written before, “consumer engagement” just might be today’s top smart grid buzzword. This is driven by fears that well publicized consumer push-back against smart metering will torpedo the industry’s smart grid vision. Many industry participants (including this one) have observed the frenzied scramble to “engage consumers” with a mix of amusement and (more…)
Friday, December 3rd, 2010
Energy Information Displays (EIDs) fall into three major categories:
1. Dedicated in-home display (IHD) units
2. Web-based dashboards
3. Mobile phone-based applications
Dedicated in-home display units span a huge range of interactivity and style. The (more…)