Leadership conference on smart grid software: June 4-6, San Francisco

ow can you get the most out of your smart meter and smart grid data? On June 4-6, industry leaders from around the globe will gather in San Francisco for the Siemens Smart Grid Software Leadership Conference – where they’ll discuss trends and best practices, share experiences and get training.

Full post: Smart grid software leaders to gather in June, San Francisco

May 9, 2013 at 4:39 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

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

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

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

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

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