Posts filed under ‘California’

Minnesota, California regulators watching out for consumer smart meter privacy

Protecting customer privacy is a top concern of policymakers as utilities roll out and utilize smart meters. This month Minnesota requested public input on smart meter privacy — joining a growing list of states and nations considering this matter.

 Full post: Smart meter privacy: Minnesota, California regulators watching out for consumers

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January 17, 2013 at 11:41 pm

Demand response comes to California wholesale power market

The energy industry has long recognized effective demand response (a key smart grid application) as the equivalent as the equivalent of a power generation asset. Now, a new California Public Utility Commission decision allows demand response “aggregators” to provide their services to the California Independent System Operator, the state’s wholesale market operator. This approach contrasts with many other states and countries, where direct participation by aggregators in the wholesale market is not permitted.

 Full post: California electric market operator welcomes demand response

December 7, 2012 at 7:48 pm

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

August 31, 2012 at 3:46 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

New SDG&E peak time rebates: Summer’s best kept secret to save electricity

San Diego Gas & Electric’s new ReduceYourUse program is a no-risk, no-lose proposition for residential and small business customers.

So far few SDG&E customers seem aware of it — but hopefully word will spread quickly…

Full post: SDG&E peak time rebates: Summer’s best kept secret to save electricity

June 14, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Green Button now live. How to use it?

This week I was with U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra when heannounced huge progress on the White House Green Button initiative. All three major California utilities (Pacific Gas & Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison) have gone live with green button on their websites.

Here’s how it works: After logging in, customers can click on that button and download up to 13 months of their detailed electricity usage data. Generally this is 15-minute or hourly interval data, but it can work for monthly data also.

So what? By itself, this data is virtually of no use. But here’s why consumers should care…

Full post: Green Button goes live. How can consumers use it?

January 20, 2012 at 2:46 am

Blackouts at Candlestick Park: Smart metering could help

This week, Monday Night Football fans got an unwelcome surprise. At 5:20 pm Pacific time, tens of thousands of fans were at a sold-out game in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park to watch the San Francisco 49ers play against the Pittsburgh Steelers. That’s when the lights went out — and stayed out for nearly half an hour. A second brief outage struck at 6:43 pm.

What happened — and how might smart metering and energy analytics help avoid such high-profile power problems?…

Full post by Larsh Johnson: Blackouts at Candlestick Park: How smart metering could help

December 22, 2011 at 1:23 am

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