Archive for February, 2013

U.S shows strong gains in energy efficiency, sustainability: new report

Significant data presented in a new market intelligence report on U.S. clean energyindicates that overall U.S. electricity demand is flat or even declining.

According to this report (published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance and the Business Council on Sustainable Energy), total U.S. energy use fell 6.4% from 2007-2012. This was driven largely by advances in state and federal energy efficiency initiatives, which the power sector frequently opposes.

Read full guest post by Doug Todd, director of U.S. Government Affairs for Siemens Corp.: Report: Strong U.S gains in energy efficiency, sustainability

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February 18, 2013 at 10:04 pm

New appliance communications standard: will it kick-start home energy management?

Smart appliances could save considerable energy — if “set and forget” energy management were simple for homeowners to accomplish. But for years, industry has struggled with enabling smart appliance communication on the Home Area Network.

This week the Consumer Electronics Association took a big step toward solving this problem. CEA released a new standard that would create a modular communication interface (MCI) to network home appliances.

Full post: Can a new communication standard kick-start home energy management?

February 7, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Power grid resilience: how the smart grid can help

Resilience: it’s a hot topic on the exhibit floor and in the hallways at this week’sDistributech conference in San Diego.

Resilience means the ability of the power grid to withstand natural disasters and other attacks (think computer hacking or terrorism), as well as faster restoration after outages. Resilience also means withstanding disturbances and fluctuations on the grid caused by solar power, wind turbines, and even electric vehicle chargers. These things vary according to the vagaries of weather and whims of electricity consumers — in strong contrast to centrally controlled and operated power stations and transmission grids.

How can the smart grid help? Here are some options…

Full post: Why power grid resilience has people talking

February 1, 2013 at 8:25 pm


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