Archive for March, 2011

Standards board takes lead in making home area networks (HAN) play nice

Smart meters rely on technical standards to work well with other devices and systems. When those standards aren’t fully settled, utilities may hesitate to deploy the full capabilities of smart meters. This, in turn, delays full benefits to consumers, utilities, and the power grid.

The radios built into smart meters face such a dilemma. But this week a key standards board has taken the lead to solve this problem quickly…

Full story: Making home area networks (HAN) play nice: Standards board takes the lead

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March 31, 2011 at 5:06 pm

German election upset sparked by fallout from Japan’s nuclear crisis

Recently in Germany, “angst” over Japan’s nuclear crisis resulted in regional election results which were unimaginable before March 11.

Forty five percent of voters saw nuclear power as the key issue. They voted out the conservative Christian Democratic Union party, which had held power in Germany’s most prosperous state for 58 years…

Full story: Fallout from Japan’s nuclear crisis sparks German election upset

March 30, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Don’t opt out of smart meters, Environmental Defense Fund says

Last week, PG&E filed a proposal with the California Public Utilities Commission to give customers the option of having the radio in their smart meters turned off.

As SmartGridWatch noted earlier, opting out of smart meters is bad public policy, though perhaps a reasonable alternative for persons with extreme fears about radio frequency emissions.

Friday, the Environmental Defense Fund explained why opting out is a bad idea…

Full story: Environmental Defense Fund says don’t opt out of smart meters

 

March 27, 2011 at 9:51 pm

At least 57 million smart meters installed worldwide

The Smart Grid Watch blog continually tracks the progress of smart meter installations around the world. Our sources include utility spokespersons, government reports, press releases, news stories, and industry experts.

Here is our latest compilation. It includes the vast majority — but not all — smart meter projects…

FULL STORY: Smart meters: At least 57 million installed worldwide

March 25, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Energy consumers love voluntary dynamic pricing

In a March 16 webinar, the chairs of two state public utility commissions gave their views on dynamic pricing. Both believe dynamic pricing is a key ingredient to unlocking smart meter value for consumers.

Here’s why…

Full post: Why energy consumers love VOLUNTARY dynamic pricing

March 18, 2011 at 9:54 pm

UK: How to fight climate change with smart energy demand

In the UK, the Department of Energy and Climate Change is considering how to reform the UK electricity market in ways that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The agency appears to be taking the lead in supporting the growth of smart energy demand as a means to increase renewable energy and enable greater energy efficiency.

What steps can DECC take to realize these goals? Here are some highlights from eMeter’s comments to this public consultation…

Full story: How the UK can fight climate change with smart energy demand

 

March 17, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Demand response association now taking smart grid professionals as members

The smart grid industry is growing and evolving quickly, and a leading organization in this field is keeping up with the pace. This morning, the Demand Response Coordinating Committee announced its new name and updated mission.

Previously limited to corporate members, the Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid (ADS) in now inviting as members individual industry professionals engaged in smart energy demand.

Full story: Demand response association expands to include smart grid professionals

 

March 14, 2011 at 5:30 pm

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