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Time-Varying Electricity Pricing

Josh Kessler

The Environmental Defense Fund’s senior manager for Grid Modernization posted a blog entry this week about the importance of time-varying electricity pricing to reduce usage at peak hours of the day – such as hot summer days when consumers come home from work and turn on their air conditioners. Across the US, consumers used between 47 and   …Continue Reading


Maine May Create Smart Grid Data Portal

Josh Kessler

This week, a working group recommended the creation of an online portal to allow customers to share their energy data with retail providers in Central Maine Power’s service territory, according to Energy Choice Matters. Customers who chose to enroll in the Electricity Supplier Marketplace would share their contact and hourly energy usage data, recorded using   …Continue Reading


Time-Variant Electricity Pricing Offers Benefits, So Why Isn’t It Widespread?

Elizabeth Brooke Stein

Today, most residential electricity customers are charged the same price regardless of when the electricity is actually being used. Charging customers a uniform price for electric service looks a bit like buying groceries by the cart instead of by the items purchased (e.g., apples versus filet mignon) – simple, to be sure, but so riddled   …Continue Reading


Green Button Alliance Launched

Karen Henry

The Green Button Alliance (GBA) has been formed to advance the Green Button initiative and will facilitate standards-based application development, administer certification and testing programs and create awareness among consumers to accelerate adoption of the Green Button standard. Founding members of the Green Button Alliance include London Hydro, Schneider Electric, UL, the Department of Energy   …Continue Reading


Need to Manage Electricity Use? There’s an App for That

Karen Henry

Fort Collins, Colo., is on track to become the first city in the United States to use Energy Engage Mobile, a new Web-based smartphone application for monitoring electricity consumption in near real time. The app displays current energy use, current cost of energy, the projected bill for the current month and the resulting savings—or extra   …Continue Reading


Clean Energy Investment Rebounds in 2014

Karen Henry

Global clean energy investment rebounded strongly in 2014, with investments totalling $310 billion, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Boosted by demand for large-scale and rooftop solar PV and by the financing of a record $19.4 billion of offshore wind projects, clean energy investment in 2014 was up 16 percent from a revised $268.1 billio   …Continue Reading


Smart Building Predictions for 2015

Jim Sinopoli

Over the last few years companies have developed and demonstrated driverless car technology; Google, Audi, BMW and dozens of other companies and universities have been involved. With the use of cameras, sensors, “decision and driving strategy and logic,” traffic sign recognition, pedestrian spotting and lane departure warnings, many but not all of the technical aspects have been   …Continue Reading


Army Initiatives Focus on Energy

Karen Henry

The US Army is undertaking initiatives to make its bases more energy independent, instill a culture of energy efficiency and expand its Resource Energy Efficiency Manager (REM) program. The Army has partnered with the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to increase energy security through improved energy efficiency and optimized renewable energy strategies   …Continue Reading


Danish Island Serves as Testbed for Integrating Renewables into Grid

Linda Hardesty

The biggest smart grid project in Europe – the EcoGrid pilot – is being conducted on the Danish island of Bornholm. The project is trying to coordinate the fluctuations in the price of electricity with the volume of renewable energy available at five minute intervals, reports PennEnergy. In order to conduct the pilot, Bornholm’s local   …Continue Reading


California PUC President to Step Down

Karen Henry

California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) president Michael Peevey announced that he would not seek reappointment when his term ends in December, an article on the SFGate website reports. Peevey’s announcement comes after the release of e-mail messages from 2010 that show Peevey appeared willing to give favorable consideration to a rate-setting case in exchange for Pacific   …Continue Reading


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