Monday, August 22nd, 2011
Most American consumers think of energy use as one-way delivery. Flip a switch and you’ve got power. Shut it off and it’s gone. Until, of course, you need it again. Indeed, the power grid stands at the ready. Or does it?
We get power from the thousands of power plants (more…)
Monday, August 1st, 2011
The intersection of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and the smart grid has prompted many partnerships, but none may create more impact than General Motors and General Electric getting together. Each company is evolving the communications platform in its relative domains to enable interaction with the other, which (more…)
Thursday, July 21st, 2011
Motorola Solutions is a multinational telecommunications company based out of Schaumburg, Illinois. In January of 2011, Motorola, Inc. was split into two companies: Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions. Motorola Solutions is a leading provider of mission-critical communication products and services for enterprise and government customers. Like many (more…)
Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
Earlier this month, Silver Spring Networks filed an S-1 for its long anticipated IPO. It was so long anticipated that many had about given up, but through a series of smart grid acquisitions, including Toshiba’s pending payout for Landis+Gyr, we had renewed speculation.
Expected pricing for the IPO was not announced, but (more…)
Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
There is general industry agreement that electric vehicle charging needs to be smart enough to respond to the changing conditions on the grid (to limit the impact on the grid) and to changing prices (to maximize the savings of driving electric). The looming question that will help to shape the (more…)
Thursday, June 30th, 2011
Who doesn’t pat themselves on the back when Google puts money into their industry? Ah, the giant likes this market. I must be on the right track!
So what does it mean now that Google has announced it will retire its Google PowerMeter because it didn’t catch on? Are all those companies (more…)
Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
The Obama administration unveiled a series of initiatives to upgrade the nation’s electric grid, including $250 million in loans for so-called smart grid projects in rural areas and steps to secure the grid against cyber attacks.
The strategy also calls on state and federal (more…)
Friday, June 10th, 2011
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has long been seen as a clean technology pioneer. After all, this is a utility that shuttered a nuclear reactor after a public vote in 1989, and has since blazed trails on wind, solar, and energy efficient technologies. (more…)
Monday, June 6th, 2011
If you are a smart grid expert and have a brilliant idea, you may win $21,000 and a trip to Berlin, Germany to meet with Siemens Smart Grid Experts.
The technology giant will choose five winners as part of a contest to identify five top sustainable business or technology proposals. (more…)
Thursday, May 26th, 2011
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 (more…)