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Europe: New EU guidelines should increase demand response

Last year the European Commission (part of the three-part EU government) published the 2012 Energy Efficiency Directive — which set legally binding measures to step up Member States’ efforts to use energy more efficiently at all stages, from production to distribution to consumption. Last week, the EC explained more about how to implement the EED, by issuing additional guidance on energy efficiency to Europe’s Member States on energy efficiency.

Full post: New guidelines should increase demand response in Europe


November 14, 2013 at 9:36 pm

White House: Smart grid part of energy blueprint

On March 16, President Obama released an energy policy blueprint, which includes a proposal for an Energy Security Trust. A little noticed — but important — element of this Trust is a provision to support demand response and the smart grid.

Full post: White House energy blueprint includes smart grid

March 19, 2013 at 10:09 pm

NSW, Australia: Smart meters, time-of-use prices could aid demand response

In the southern hemisphere, summertime is approaching — so temperatures and peak energy demand soon will be soaring in Sydney and other parts of the Australian state of New South Wales. A new report from the NSW government’s Productivity Commission recommends several reforms that could help Australian utilities manage peak demand while rewarding consumers for aiding this effort…

Full post: Hot Australian summers? Government commission recommends smart meters, time-of-use prices

October 19, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Green Button now available to 36 million homes and businesses

This week the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy hosted an Energy Datapalooza to spotlight the many ways energy consumption data can help people use power more wisely. Green Button (the consensus-based, industry-developed energy data standard adopted by the North American Energy Standards Board) continues to make great progress on this front.

Now the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is capitalizing on Green Button — and several more utilities also have jumped on board…

Full post: Green Button access expands to 36 million homes and businesses

October 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm

UK: smart meters save energy through learning and action

Last week, at a London meeting on smart metering and consumer empowerment, a top official from the new U.K. Energy Efficiency Deployment Office said that smart metering is “one of the most efficient energy efficiency measures — and it pays for itself.”

This mirrors my belief that learning and acting should be recognized as energy efficiency, because they drive change that reduces energy waste…

Full post by Alicia Carrasco: Smart meters: How learning and acting save energy

October 1, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Green jobs insight from Gov. Bill Richardson

This week I had the pleasure of having morning coffee with Bill Richardson, the former Secretary of Energy and former Governor of New Mexico. From his perspective of more than 30 years of public service — and his bid for the Presidency in 2008 – he offered two key insights about clean tech, clean energy and the smart grid….

Full post: Green Jobs: Insight from Governor Bill Richardson

September 24, 2012 at 2:38 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

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