The not so smart grid

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BLACKOUT” shows how vulnerable our electricity grid is and smart is not the word that I would use to describe it. It would not even require a (sophisticated) cyber attack to cripple the grid. But still the powers-that-be want to make the grid “smarter” still. Instead of an ever more “sophisticated” electricity supply grid we must decentralize power generating and distribution down to a local level again – and not just as regards to electricity.

Smart Grid: Changing Our Energy Infrastructure

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Today’s Grid. Today’s electrical infrastructure grid is beginning to look very antiquated compared to the leaps and bounds personal technology has made over the last decade or two. The Smart Grid. Rather than continue the one-way line from power generators to consumers, the smart grid proposes making it a two-way path. Grid managers determine peak usage and adjust it accordingly by controlling home output to reduce fossil fuel waste.

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Smart Grid tops the CEA’s 2010 trends list

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Not surprisingly, the Smart Grid topped the CEA’s list which also included the evolution of content, growing the connected home ecosystem, the future of TV, and connected cars. Though the rest of the list was interesting enough, but it was the Smart Grid data that interested me the most. Smart grid technologies to watch are: Energy monitors that show usage information from a home-based device or web application.

Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative forms to foster adoption of the smart grid

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Washington, DC –To help build consumer acceptance and use of the smart grid, a group of smart grid leaders today announced the formation of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC). The founding members of the SGCC include consumer electronics and technology companies, retailers, consumer advocacy groups, and utilities dedicated to maximizing the value of the grid for consumers.

Understanding the “Smart Grid”

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With all of the talk about renewable energy becoming “mainstream” as opposed to “alternative” over the course of the Obama years, the United States is rapidly growing its smart grid strategy and infrastructure to efficiently deliver electricity. Understanding the “Smart Grid&#.

DOE Announces Recipients of Smart Grid Stimulus Fund

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ARCADIA, FLORIDA – Speaking at Florida Power and Light’s (FPL) DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center, President Barack Obama today announced the largest single energy grid modernization investment in U.S. history, funding a broad range of technologies that will spur the nation’s transition to a smarter, stronger, more efficient and reliable electric system. million smart meters and other technologies that will cut energy costs for its customers.

Which Utilities Top the Smart Grid Deployment List?

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Christine Richards of IDC Energy Insights published an article in the July/August edition of Intelligent Utility detailing their assessment of which utilities are leading the pack towards a Smart Grid. I personally thinked they missed Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative who aren’t just at the forefront of grid transformation but also leading the charge in consumer education. The result will be one of the most technologically advanced smart grid deployments in the U.S.

Texas Utility Chooses Control4 for Smart Grid Deployment

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Serving more than 65,000 members in 14 counties between Austin and Houston, Bluebonnet plans to begin integrating smart grid technology in its members’ homes and businesses by April 2010. Control4 will provide Bluebonnet members with its Energy Management System, which includes a powerful yet intuitive in-home display with a programmable smart thermostat that will give users the usage data and device control necessary to manage energy use and expenses.

The Smart Grid in 2010: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

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Such is the problem with the Smart Grid – that buzz word concept being tossed around by cleantech companies in the Bay area to policy analysts in Washington. billion in venture capital was invested in the Smart Grid sector in the last 4 years and $105 million just in the last 2 quarters of 2009. Without a Smart Grid, renewable technologies will remain niche at best.

National Grid Applies for $200 Million in Stimulus Funding for Largest Collective Smart Grid Project in the Northeast

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National Grid, the nation’s second-largest utility, has applied to the U.S. Department of Energy for $200 million in stimulus funding to develop an “end-to-end” smart grid deployment that will include approximately 200,000 customers in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The smart grid program will provide residential and business customers across the northeast with unprecedented ability to reduce their energy consumption, carbon emissions and utility bills.

Microsoft Makes Play for the Smart Grid with SERA – Smart Energy Reference Architecture

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The Microsoft Smart Energy Reference Architecture (SERA) is Microsoft’s first comprehensive reference architecture that addresses technology integration throughout the full scope of the smart energy ecosystem. As utilities attempt to develop new projects that are funded by national smart grid stimulus programs, they will need sound, tested technologies that help them proceed. platforms to support new smart processes and customer support capabilities.

APOGEE Interactive and Control4 Collaborate to Connect Consumers to the Smart Grid

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While billions of dollars are poured into upgrading the energy infrastructure and creating the smart grid, consumers are a crucial piece of the solution. So many people talk about the smart grid and smart metering in terms of providing data to consumers,” said Joel Gilbert, chief software architect and cofounder of APOGEE Interactive. “But Tagged: APOGEE, Control4 Energy Systems, energy management systems, smart grid.

IDC Energy Insights reveals worldwide smart grid spending to reach $46.4B in 2015

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Pratima Kalra: The report, Worldwide Utility Smart Grid Spending Forecast, 2011-2015, has brought good news for the global electricity services. It claims that the total spending on smart grid will reach $46.4 Global smart grid spending to reach $46.4B. IDC Energy Insights, which made predictions for this study, identified 14 smart grid projects worldwide to further identify their top investment priorities.

Jordan’s Dinosaur Grid to Get a “Smart” Upgrade?

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It has been three decades since Jordan’s national grid has seen substantial infrastructural changes, but the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has recently donated $1.15 million to the kingdom so that it can explore the option of implementing a “smart” upgrade. As new renewable, nuclear and oil-shale power plants are slated to come online in the next decade, a digital electrical system would enhance energy efficiency and safety, writes the Jordan Times.

Why Energy Management in the Home Will Be Mainstream

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2009 is certainly the “ Year of the Smart Grid ”, as dubbed by Greentech Media GTM Research but there are many wondering how exactly Smart Grid technology is going to be adopted where arguably it matters most – the customer’s home. In order for utility companies to effectively transform their grid to be smarter and more reliable, they need their customers to participate.

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GE, Whirlpool, Others Launch Smart Green Grid Initiative

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. Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) and a number of other companies announced the creation of a new collaborative effort aimed at demonstrating the role of smart grid technologies and practices in the achievement of climate change goals. Called the Smart Green Grid Initiative (SGGI), the effort will include educational events at the upcoming climate change meetings in Copenhagen.

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GE, Whirlpool, Others Launch Smart Green Grid Initiative

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. Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) and a number of other companies announced the creation of a new collaborative effort aimed at demonstrating the role of smart grid technologies and practices in the achievement of climate change goals. Called the Smart Green Grid Initiative (SGGI), the effort will include educational events at the upcoming climate change meetings in Copenhagen.

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NIST Releases Long Awaited Standards Report

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology released its draft of standards on Thursday, laying out a roadmap and initial plans for utilities, vendors and service providers to adopt smart grid technology. The report is a result of phase 1 of the plan and layouts a high-level reference model for the Smart Grid by identifying nearly 80 existing standards currently used to support Smart Grid development. Distribution Grid Management.

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Enstorage Pioneers 50kW Hydrogen Bromine Storage in Israel

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connected a 50 kW Hydrogen Bromine flow battery to the grid at their test site in southern Israel. This began the world’s first large-scale deployment of this promising new energy grid technology. One long-standing problem with energy grids is that there are hourly, daily and seasonal variations in electrical demand. Chemical batteries are another possible grid storage solution. Cleantech, Science & Technology electric grid energy storage smart grid

Big Brother? Masdar Monitors Student Energy & Water Consumption

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Data collected from this investigation will be used to inform a five year collaboration between Masdar and electricity giant Siemens to eventually incorporate smart-grid technology into Masdar’s energy generation, distribution and transmission system. But to facilitate the smooth operation of smart-grids, which allow consumers to feed back unused energy into the grid, it is helpful to know how they will respond to certain pricing mechanisms.

Israel’s GridON Keeps the Midnight Oil Burning

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We all know from experience that thunderstorms can cause power surges across the electricity grid causing massive blackouts. High energy demands mixed with thunderstorms, solar storms, and the addition of renewables like solar and wind energy to the grid , creates an unpredictable mix of power variables infrastructure companies never had to deal with before. Good for Europe’s Grid. Lebanon Looks to Smart Grid and Renewable Energy Technologies.

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How Home Automation Saves Energy and Money

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Energy Efficient Bulbs & Thermostats — Adding energy efficient devices to the home will save you big once monthly bills are dropped into the mail. Energy efficient light bulbs last for up to 10 years, and upgrades to “smart thermostats” will adjust optimal temperatures to match comfort levels monitored both inside the house and out. The world of Home Automation doesn’t just include items like security systems.

Control4 Demos Energy Management Solution for Utilities at Autovation

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The EMS 100 combines the functionality of a home area network controller with demand response support, with a wireless thermostat and energy management software to provide utilities a cost effective, flexible, home area network solution for their smart grid deployments. Our products support today’s regulatory requirements to proactively engage the residential consumer by delivering data via the smart grid to facilitate energy efficiency.

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Green Building Perspectives: Control4

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Control4 technology is at the heart of the Green Life Smart Life project, managing all the pieces of home control, entertainment and energy management. What do you think of the Green Life Smart Life Project? Green Life Smart Life is an excellent project to reinforce Control4’s ongoing commitment to bring residential energy management for the home to the mainstream consumer industry. Going forward, Control4’s product portfolio will include more energy efficient products.

"What's the Deal with the Green New Deal?

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Ocasio-Cortez’s Google Doc lays out some specific goals, including 100% renewable electricity, a national “smartgrid, energy efficiency investments, eliminating GHGs from transportations and other sectors, and a lot of investment in infrastructure. Catherine Wolfram at the Energy Institute Blog : I’ve heard a lot about the Green New Deal since the midterm elections.

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Progress in Alternative Power, From National to Global Views

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Wind and solar will remain above grid parity, in terms of consumer costs, well into the middle of this century. required to expand smart grid pilot projects on a regional level.”. electricity grid – all at the same time! Filed under: Politically Green Tagged: ENERGY EFFICIENT , solar energy. Politically Green ENERGY EFFICIENT solar energy

120 Dubai Buildings Latch On To Energy Saving Cloud Tech Every Day

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Over one hundred buildings in Dubai are latching on to Pacific Control Systems’ machine-to-machine energy efficiency technology every day. Rahulan explains that M2M technology uses virtual robots called Gbots that manage energy efficiency and other data systems remotely. M2M smart grid technology offers savings of up to 30%, which is used to offset initial installation costs.

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Bahrain Radically Overhauls Energy Delivery and Billing Systems

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Bahrain is looking to overhaul its energy management system and announced this week that it was to implement a new “radical” IT system that would help boost energy efficiency in the Gulf Kingdom. This should also help resolve a number of connection issues that have arisen in recent months as the country’s grid sees more use. Cleantech, Science & Technology Consumption efficiency Energy

Energy Excelerator– Investing in Hawaii’s Renewable Future

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But a few years ago Hawaii committed to the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative with the goal of achieving some of the highest clean energy standards in the country: 40% renewable energy and 30% energy efficiency by 2030. Smart Grid and Energy Storage: Amber Kinetics, Inc. Amber Kinetics commercializes a low-cost flywheel energy storage solution to help utilities reliably integrate wind and solar into the power grid.

Masdar Unveils Plan for a 100% Renewable Energy Micro-grid

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The Masdar Institute (MI) has teamed up with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) headed by Denmark’s former Prime Minister, and the Research Institute for Industrial Science and Technology (RIST) from South Korea to develop a 100% renewable energy micro-grid in Abu Dhabi. MI and RIST jointly unveiled their conceptual design for the renewable energy micro-grid, which is slated for eventual construction on an island in the oil-dependent Gulf nation.

The Ten Benefits of Lighting Control

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The baseline benefit of incorporating lighting control in a built environment stems from the disparity in efficiency between the conservation and creation of energy. He goes through a great deal of detail, and explains down to the penny how much more efficient dimming is than power generation. The summary of Dr. Rowbottom’s findings is this: it is 4 to 22 times more efficient to conserve energy using dimming than to generate energy via a power plant.

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Smart Meter Deployment Growing in America

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A new study shows that approximately 40 percent of American households are now equipped with a smart meter, up from the 33 percent recorded in 2012, according to a report by the Institute for Electrical Efficiency (IEE). Some states have passed laws requiring the installation of smart meters, while others leave the decision up to the local utilities. million customers will have smart meters by the end of 2013. What is a smart meter?

Jordan’s Queen Rania Featured at World Future Energy Summit

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Jordan Enterprise Development Corporation, and the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan united to mobilize the first phase of the national Smart Solar Energy plan. Let It Shine will provide for installation of Petra Solar’s SunWave Smart Solar systems on 1,000 homes in the Tafileh governate, increasing to 20,000 homes by project completion. Green Prophet is on a VIP media tour in Abu Dhabi.

European Parliament Still Thinks Bold on Clean Energy Research

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€6bn (£4.86) will be allocated to renewables, energy efficiency, smart grids and storage after a vote by the European Parliament's Energy and Research Committee (ITRE). This amounts to three-quarters of the next energy research budget including the Intelligent Energy Europe programme, an EU programme designed to help organisations improve energy sustainability.

Green Building Perspectives: Whirlpool

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Continuing our blog series Green Building Perspectives, posts dedicated to highlighting our esteemed partners here at Green Life Smart Life, this week we feature Whirlpool Corporation. What do you think of the Green Life Smart Life Project to date? Green Life Smart Life is certainly a unique project, and Whirlpool is excited to be a part of it, especially since we have similar goals. The next step in this process is going to be smart grid technology.

GE Sets Green Tech Shop in Israel

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GE looks to create wind, solar and smart grid technologies with Israeli engineers. The new GE research team will focus on renewable energy, energy storage, smart grid, and energy efficiency technologies.

Hydro One's distribution power grid to be updated to smart technology

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Christina Pinto: Hydro One, a major distributor of electricity in Ontario (Canada), picked IBM and its Business Associate Telvent for a new smart grid project with the aim to develop the province’s electrical system. In preparation of the project, the associated companies plan to evaluate smart grid technologies that show potential for improving power efficiency and reliability. Smarter technologies to be tested on Hydro One’s distribution power grid.

THOUSANDS GATHER IN LONDON FOR EUROPEAN FUTURE ENERGY DEBATE

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A dedicated energy infrastructure conference stream on day 2 will look at smart grids, super grids and the challenges of integrating renewables in the grid. When asked about the smart grid, another high-anticipated speaker, Philippe Delorme, Strategy & Innovation Executive VP, Schneider Electric said "The deployment of the smart grid and intelligent electrical distribution network should be done quickly.”

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Another Hollywood Film Studio Embraces Solar Energy

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Yesterday was James Cameron’s moment to shine with news that his “Avatar&# sequels will be solar-powered. Today, the spotlight shifts to a new state-of-the-art film lot outside Philadelphia, PA called Sun Center Studios. Constructed to attract big-budget filmmakers to PA, Sun Center is the first purpose-built campus and sound stage facility specifically designed for feature-length films and episodic television programs.

What's Next: Residential fuel cells for greener homes

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Present energy requirements are far outweighing what the grids can supply. With the population expanding and humans turning to electronic appliances more than ever before, the stress on grids has been taxing. What is needed is a smart grid power system that can supply electricity to all locations, whether remote or urban and in doing so, ensure that there is no tripping or wastage of power units. As of now, smart grid energy systems exist only in small scales.

Sainsbury’s to ease strain on National Grid

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Many people are unaware of the strain the National Grid comes under at peak times, as coal-fired power stations across the country have to be ‘switched on' to meet the increased demand on the UK's electricity supply. The system monitors the grid and activates the store's biofuel generator when there is an increased demand for electricity. If this Smart Grid technology trial goes well, we'll be looking at how we can roll that out too."

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US Army is getting ready to disconnect from the grid

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By Michael Smith (Veshengro) By the end of 2011 the United States Army will have ended its dependence on the grid at several major homeland bases. Its one of a number of off-grid and microgrid initiatives being tested by the military that will prove the potential of off-grid energy to serve medium-sized communities and may then make its way into civilian use. Personally, I still think that we are implementing those smart grid technologies at our peril.

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Israeli Cleantech VC Nears $100 Million Goal

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ICV finances a diverse portfolio of renewable energy, water, agricultural, energy efficiency, smart grid/communications, green IT, and power electronics companies with the goal of transforming innovative research to commercially-viable technology. The finish line is in sight for Israel Cleantech Ventures (ICV), which has been racing towards a $100 million goal.

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