Archive for October, 2010

California Proposition 23: First public vote on energy priorities

Those of us in the energy industry (including utility regulators and policymakers) believe there is strong general support for our goals regarding smart meters, smart grids, energy efficiency, and demand response. But on Nov. 2, for the first time anywhere, the citizenry will validate our belief — or not…

Full story: California’s Prop 23: First public vote on energy priorities

October 20, 2010 at 8:32 pm

White House: Behind-the-scenes moves on greenhouse gas rules

What will drive the future of the smart grid and smart meters in the US? Behind the press conferences and public statements about legislative and policy moves, quiet discussions have been happening at the White House.

President Obama has been conferring with his top legal and environmental advisers, including energy and global warming czar Carol Browner. The topic: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) soon will issue rules regulating carbon dioxide emissions.

Full story: Behind the scenes at the White House: Greenhouse gas rules

October 14, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Smart meter rollout moving fast in Spain

Spain’s biggest utility, Endesa, is moving fast with smart metering — with a plan to install 13 million smart meters by 2015.

At this year’s Metering in Europe conference, Endesa Smart Metering Engineer Maria Jose Gonzalez noted in a presentation that Endesa intends to be the first Spanish utility to complete installation of smart meters for all customers under 15 kW. This includes all residential customers and most small commercial customers.

Full story: Spain: Endesa’s smart meter rollout is moving fast

October 13, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Germany aims for 80% renewables by 2050

Last week Germany published guidelines for its energy road map through 2050. The goal is a market-oriented energy policy, with room to capitalize on technological advances.

Renewables are a core part of this Energy Concept document. In it, Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment (Bundesministerium fur Umwelt, or BMU) emphasized that renewables will gradually replace conventional energy sources. Also, nuclear power will enable this shift.

More about this plan…

Full story: Germany’s new “Energy Concept”: Renewable, grid goals through 2050

October 11, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Smart meters and the Magna Carta

In the year 1215, a group of English barons forced King John to accept the Magna Carta. The Magna Carta was revolutionary; it was the first time the king agreed to something less than absolute power. As an example, King John agreed to the then-radical concept that no freeman could be punished except through the law of the land.

What’s the connection to smart meters? Today’s radical concept is that energy consumers should have the right to decide for themselves whether they would rather save money by shifting some load off-peak, or pay more and not worry about when they use energy…

Full story: The Magna Carta and smart meters

October 8, 2010 at 5:02 pm

UK regulators accelerate spread of renewable energy, smart meters

It’s been a busy summer for the UK energy regulating agency Ofgem. Here are some notable recent developments that support Ofgem’s ambitious targets for more energy efficiency and less greenhouse gas emissions…

Full story: UK energy regulator accelerating spread of renewables, smart meters

October 7, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Smart meter router: Belkin beats Cisco to the punch

For some time, I have been predicting that the wi-fi router makers would build a router that incorporates ZigBee, the radio built into most smart meters to link to in-home and in-premise devices.  Today, Belkin announced its Conserve Gateway router that does exactly this, seamlessly linking ZigBee-based home area appliance networks (HANs) with existing home computer networks using wi-fi.

Full story: Belkin Beats Cisco to Punch on Smart Meter Router

October 7, 2010 at 6:28 pm

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