Archive for August, 2012

SDG&E helps Carlsbad, California residents save money with smart meters, automatically

Earlier this summer Smart Grid Watch reported on San Diego Gas & Electric’s groundbreaking ReduceYourUse Program. How well is it working?

According to SDG&E, in August customers in one small city in its service territory (Carlsbad, Calif.) earned over $200,000 in rebates.

Full post: How Carlsbad, California residents save money with smart meters, automatically

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August 31, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Positive business case for smart meters in Northern Ireland

Congratulations to Northern Ireland, which has joined the club of over 30 states and countries with positive business cases for smart meters.

Recently the Northern Ireland Department of Enterprise, Trade & Investment released the region’s smart meter cost-benefit analysis. Implementing smart meters for the nearly 1 million electricity customers there is expected to yield net savings of up to £56 million ($87 million at the current exchange rate).

Full post, by Alicia Carrasco: Northern Ireland’s positive business case for smart meters

August 13, 2012 at 4:27 pm

5 million households save by letting utilities control their air conditioners

Direct load control is one of the most common demand response strategies. It’s when a utility cycles off and on participating customers’ air conditioners or water heaters to reduce electricity demand during critical peak times (typically four hours on hot afternoons, about 10 days per year). These programs help utilities better manage their power supply while reducing costs for all customers since fewer power plants are needed to serve critical peak demand.

Early this year an E Source initiative started closely examining U.S. utility direct load control programs — 49 utilities running direct load control programs in 25 states…

Full post:  5 million households save by letting utilities control their air conditioners

August 7, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Why consumers should have the choice of time-based electricity prices

According to many surveys, 40-80% of consumers want the choice of time-based pricing. Why? It gives them the option to avoid paying high peak-hour prices for electricity.

Without this rate option, every customer must pay for on-peak power — whether they use, or want to (or not).

August 6, 2012 at 6:58 pm

CPUC says California is meeting and exceeding renewables target

California often has been criticized as being overly aggressive in setting renewable energy targets. Yet this week, the California Public Utilities Commission reported that last year the state met its goal of getting 20% of its power from renewable resources. Also, California also is on track to “far surpass” that goal in 2012…

Full post: California meets and exceeds renewables target

August 3, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Smarter energy markets for the UK

It’s not just meters and power grids that are getting smarter. U.K. energy regulator Ofgem is advancing plans to make energy markets in that nation “smarter” — that is: more efficient and yielding better consumer outcomes. Smarter energy markets also would provide consumers with ready access to an abundance of easily digestible information about their energy use, plus time-varying pricing options and automation to help them actively engage as market players.

This week Ofgem published its Promoting Smarter Energy Markets work program. This follows the agency’s earlier consultation on this topic, which drew 34 responses — including a response from eMeter

Full post, by Alicia Carrasco: UK moves to make energy markets smarter

August 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm

London Olympics: Monitoring energy consumption

The Summer Olympics in London are said to be the greenest olympics ever. A website by the U.K. utility EDF Energy, Power the Games Live, compares electricity consumption at Olympic facilities, such as the Velodrome, to some of London’s best known landmarks, such as theTower Bridge.

Here’s how this site works…

Full post, by Alicia Carrasco: Monitoring energy consumption at the London Olympics

August 1, 2012 at 7:23 pm


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