Smart Meters

Companies Vie to Define the New Grid

Carl Weinschenk

AutoGrid says that it has struck a deal with Dutch power company Eneco Group. Eneco, which has more than 2 million customers, will use AutoGrid’s Predictive Controls and DROMS application to create a “software-defined power plant” that will enable Eneco’s customers to save, use, exchange or sell energy, according to AutoGrid. The deal is illustrative of   …Continue Reading

Mexico Shopping for 2M Smart Meters

Carl Weinschenk

Metering and Smart Energy International reports that Mexico has issued several tenders for a total of more than 2 million smart meters. The information is included in research by the Northeast Group, which says that the tenders are part of a bigger project to deploy 30.2 million smart meters between this year and 2025. Mexico is   …Continue Reading

SB 350 Passes in California

Karen Henry

The California legislature has passed SB 350, the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015. The bill calls for energy efficiency in buildings to increase by 50 percent and for 50 percent of the state utilities’ power to come from renewable energy by 2030. The provision to cut petroleum use in California by 50   …Continue Reading

AT&T Forms Smart Cities Organization

Carl Weinschenk

AT&T’s Smart Cities Organization aims to use the Internet of Things (IoT) to help communities save energy and money. The platform will connect utility meters, street lights, water systems and similar infrastructure elements, the company said. One use of the platform, the company says, is conserving energy by using motion sensors in parking garages to turn lights   …Continue Reading

 PPL Gets Okay for Revised Smart Meter Program

Carl Weinschenk

PPL Electric Utilities, which serves central and eastern Pennsylvania, got approval from state regulators last week to revise its smart meter program, according to The okay came more than a year after a $450 million proposal to update kilowatt-hour reading devices to 1.4 customers was announced. The original plan was to start deploying new   …Continue Reading

Meter Analytics Firm Aquicore Gets Seed Money

Carl Weinschenk

Aquicore, a company that increase meter intelligence, has gotten $3.1 million in seed money from the 1776 Seed Fund of Washington, D.C. Aquicore partners with meter manufacturers to help building managers access the data, which can be monitored and analyzed. The company doesn’t partner with utilities, but it can help them achieve their energy efficiency   …Continue Reading

3 Technologies that Will Keep Energy Costs in Check

James Marston

Many American households and businesses saw energy costs soar this summer with July being the hottest month in Earth’s hottest year on record. Utilities rely on “peaker plants” during these record-setting heat waves to avoid blackouts. Such plants are more expensive and often more polluting to operate, and utilities pass the higher costs straight on   …Continue Reading

Low Cost IoT Solutions, Data Driven Analytics to Propel Energy Mgmt Market

Carl Weinschenk

Smart building solutions are a growing focus for companies as technology innovations create significant changes across the energy management industry landscape, according to a report from Research and Markets. Modular, low-cost IoT solutions will win in the short- to medium-term, while data-driven analytics will continue to propel the energy management market forward. The growth of   …Continue Reading

Smart Meter Market Surging

Carl Weinschenk

The global electricity/smart meter market will be a hot one as governments mount initiatives aimed at implementing the technology. Demand will surpass 148 million units during the next four years. During the period from 2012 to 2018, the market is projected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.7 percent when computed in terms   …Continue Reading

Tips for Reducing Energy Consumption in the Mining Industry

Karen Henry

Electricity accounts for 32 percent of a mine’s total energy use, so finding ways to reduce energy use can result in significant savings for mining companies. Grinding and ventilation offer the greatest potential for reducing energy use in the coal mining industry, according to an article on the World Coal website. In addition to savings achieved   …Continue Reading