Smart Grid: Changing Our Energy Infrastructure

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Imagine opening your cell phone and logging on to a real-time graph that lets you know exactly how much energy your home is using. Then imagine adjusting that energy by simply pressing a button on your device and receiving an estimated monthly cost/savings. 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.

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.

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Understanding the “Smart Grid”

Green Living Ideas

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&#. Department of Energy utility infrastructure

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.

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. Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) , Austin Energy , Edison International (NYSE: EIX) , Oncor , PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG) and CenterPoint Energy (NYSE: CNP) , all of whom are based in either California or Texas, top the list of utilitites leading the way.

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.

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

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Control4, a leader in affordable IP-based home control systems , and APOGEE Interactive announced a strategic relationship today to incorporate Apogee’s energy analysis software into the Control4® home area network solution, the Energy Management System 100. While billions of dollars are poured into upgrading the energy infrastructure and creating the smart grid, consumers are a crucial piece of the solution. But you need more than just energy usage data.

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.

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. Energy management is just another way of providing people with information.

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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. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu chaired a meeting of nearly 70 executives from the power, information technology and other industries at which they expressed their organizations’ committment to support NIST’s plan. Distribution Grid Management.

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How Home Automation Saves Energy and Money

Green Living Ideas

Automation of one’s property involves multiple levels of safety and energy conservation, from security to green power, monitors and detectors, solar panels, even small appliance control and remote accessibility. Energy Efficient Bulbs & Thermostats — Adding energy efficient devices to the home will save you big once monthly bills are dropped into the mail. The world of Home Automation doesn’t just include items like security systems.

Big Brother? Masdar Monitors Student Energy & Water Consumption

Green Prophet

A one-year investigation by researchers will hopefully reveal what incentives are most likely to encourage energy and water conservation among Masdar’s student body. In an effort to understand what incentives and stimuli drive students to switch their lights and taps on or off, Masdar will track their energy and water consumption over the next year. . The last group will be offered energy credits – effectively capping the amount of power they can use.

Progress in Alternative Power, From National to Global Views

Green Home Blog

At least once a month, some self-styled electrical power expert (often from the Republican side of the aisle) will insist that: Wind and solar energy will never have more than a minimal market share of energy resources. Wind and solar will remain above grid parity, in terms of consumer costs, well into the middle of this century. Or, as the International Energy Agency (IEA) puts it: “An increased level of systems thinking is needed to integrate the broad range of individual.

Control4 Demos Energy Management Solution for Utilities at Autovation

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Denver, CO – Autovation 2009 – Booth 116 – September 15, 2009 – Control4, the leader in affordable IP-based home control systems, introduces the Control4 Energy Management System (EMS) 100 at Autovation 2009. 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.

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Green Building Perspectives: Control4

Green Life Smart Life

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.

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

Green Prophet

In order to reduce their energy consumption, hundreds of buildings are being connected to Pacific Control Systems’ M2M technology. 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.

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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. Intuitively, it makes sense that it would take less energy to conserve one watt of energy than to generate one watt of energy. Dr. Ian Rowbottom, an energy expert and inventor of direct current dimming, performed an economic analysis of this very question.

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Energy Excelerator– Investing in Hawaii’s Renewable Future

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Hawaii is an amazing island state for hiking, swimming, surfing and… renewable energy innovation! According to Energy Excelerato r, “Hawaii has the ideal economic conditions for launching a clean energy company” and also some of the most pressing need for innovation. The Energy Excelerator is a startup program dedicated to helping solve the world’s energy challenges, starting in Hawaii. Smart Grid and Energy Storage: Amber Kinetics, Inc.

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

Environmental Economics

Catherine Wolfram at the Energy Institute Blog : I’ve heard a lot about the Green New Deal since the midterm elections. 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.

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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. Whirlpool will be providing the project with the latest in ENERGY STAR® rated appliances such as the refridgerator, washer and dryer and dishwasher. . What do you think of the Green Life Smart Life Project to date? The next step in this process is going to be smart grid technology.

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.

GE Sets Green Tech Shop in Israel

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GE looks to create wind, solar and smart grid technologies with Israeli engineers. Already in a number of clean technology partnership projects, including solar energy and desalination, America’s giant electrical products company, General Electric – GE - is setting up a “multidisciplinary&# research and development center in Haifa Israel Globes reports. Cleantech, Science & Technology GE Israel Israel clean technology Israel-China Solar Energy wind

Jordan’s Queen Rania Featured at World Future Energy Summit

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She will join French President François Hollande as keynote speakers at the opening ceremony of the sixth annual World Future Energy Summit and first International Water Summit today, January 15, in Abu Dhabi. It is an honor to have Her Majesty as a featured speaker,” said Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar , Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, in a press release. Queen Rania’s participation at ADSW underscores Jordan’s growing commitment to renewable energy.

7 appliances that will save you money and energy

Green Prophet

For decades now, the onus of energy conservation has been pretty much placed upon the consumers of energy–the common folks. There were great numbers of truly conscientious citizens who, in earnest, gave their very best efforts to cut back in every conceivable area of energy consumption, from learning to live a little bit chilly during the winter and a little bit sweaty during the summer, to foregoing watering of newly established lawns.

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Israeli Cleantech VC Nears $100 Million Goal

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ICV is an Israeli venture capital fund that was founded in 2006 to focus exclusively on raising capital for investment in renewable energy companies. Last February, ICV also reached the mid-point of its 2011 $100 million goal, staying focused on cleantech VC at a time when much of the world was questioning the availability of fresh capital for renewable energy. Business & Politics Energy Water Finance green investing Israel Israel Cleantech Ventures

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US Army is getting ready to disconnect from the grid

Green (Living) Review

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. It is also sending technology to Afghanistan that’s designed to minimize energy consumption of generators on bases there. 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.

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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.

Where the Dems Stand

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Obama will double science and research funding for clean energy projects including those that make use of our biomass, solar and wind resources. is derived from clean, sustainable energy sources, like solar, wind and geothermal by 2025. 10 “Smart Grid City” partnerships to prove the advanced capabilities of smart grid and other advanced demand-reduction technologies, as well as new investment in plug-in hybrid vehicle technologies.

Supreme Court’s Stay on Clean Power Plan Won’t Stop Energy Revolution

Conservancy Talk

Jimmie Powell is the Nature Conservancy’s Energy Team Lead. is already well on its way to moving toward an economy that provides cleaner and more reliable energy options, as well as more personal control over our utility bills. Solar panels are becoming cost competitive with traditional energy sources. Since the early 2000s, states have moved toward requiring generation from solar, wind and other renewable energy resources.

Nokia Smart Home Knowledge and the Vaasa energy cluster meet in a new company – There Corporation

Green (Living) Review

The combination of the Nokia Smart Home team know-how and the Comsel team knowledge of energy grid and metering create an unique and strong basis to start developing new generation energy solutions HELSINKI September 2009 – There corporation will focus on energy saving and efficiency. The energy saving solutions of the company are based on the ThereGate – which was formerly known as the Nokia Home Control Center or HCC.

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Emefcy Funded to Make Bugs Produce Energy

Green Prophet

Rather than using conventional energy-intensive aerobic processes or methane-producing anaerobic digestion to treat wastewater, Emefcy claims that they can harvest renewable energy directly from the wastewater. Because wastewater treatment is itself an energy sink, consuming an estimated 2% of energy worldwide, this breakthrough is significant. The group takes an agnostic approach to energy investment. Even energy made by bugs. Energy Technology Ventures.

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. ” According to statistics , Bahrain’s energy consumption has nearly doubled in the past decade, leaving many fearful that shortages could be around the corner. Cleantech, Science & Technology Consumption efficiency Energy

The Future Cities Are Smart Cities

The Green Changemakers

Smart cities around the globe are adopting new digitally based infrastructure and introducing new services in this arena to maintain global competitiveness. Recognizing this trend, the European Union has founded the European Commission for Smart Cities and Communities. The main objective of the smart city is to promote an ICT (Information & Communications Technology) led development in several key areas including economy, mobility, environment, and quality of life.

SUSTAINABILITY EXPERTS OPEN THEIR DOORS AT EUROPEAN FUTURE ENERGY FORUM

Green (Living) Review

Some of the world’s leading sustainability experts and funds will present a full programme of workshops at the European Future Energy Forum London’s ExCeL Oct 19-21. Siemens, Masdar Capital and Schneider Electric Energy Access sustainable investment fund are among those participating in presentation theatres open to all visitors attending the event free-of-charge. “We The UK government organisation, UKTI, will be hosting three days of presentations in the UKTI Energy Igloo.

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Renewable energy coalition releases 12 step manifesto

Green (Living) Review

UK’s leading renewable energy organisations sign up to joint General Election manifesto 12 proposals to help ensure delivery of 2020 targets Urgent need to act due to climate change, decommissioning of ageing plant and energy security Nine of the UK’s leading renewable energy trade associations have signed up to a joint Manifesto, outlining proposals for the timely delivery of 2020 targets and urging the Government to act now on the looming energy and climate crisis.

Was the Arab Spring Good for Renewable Energy?

Green Prophet

How is the Arab Spring, which has caused massive financial losses on one side, also able to influence growth and development of renewable and green sources of energy? Renewable energy has become more attractive. Net importers of energy face great economical challenges caused by the high and unstable oil prices. Rising fuel costs and increasing demand in solar power reduces the need of governmental incentives to support the growth of renewable energy.

Green Building Perspectives: Consumer Electronics Association

Green Life Smart Life

With a focus on energy management, whole-home connectivity and entertainment, the Green Life Smart Life project will be the first case study of the program. What do you think of the Green Life Smart Life Project? The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is excited to support the Green Life Smart Life program as platinum sponsor to highlight how installed home technologies and consumer electronics can help homeowners become more environmentally sustainable.

What Is Cap & Trade: Understanding the Waxman-Markley Climate Bill

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There is a new climate energy bill making its way through the House this week, named after its two sponsors, Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) Each year, the number of permits will be reduced, thus increasing the market value of each permit and gives companies the incentive to install and use renewable energies. According to the bill’s summary, companies will be required to adhere to increasingly tough standards on energy consumption.

Sustainable Urban Enterprise

The Green Changemakers

But while efficient urban mobility will be become critical, a desirable business location will also mean access to a clean, green, and culturally vibrant city centre – enhancing the quality of life for employees and the visitor experience. Highly efficient and flexible ‘green’ premises are also likely to become more important for businesses. Urban planning needs to foster climate change adaptation and the provision of flexible, resource and energy efficient workspace.

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Pioneer City 2030: What the Energy System of the Future Looks Like

The Green Changemakers

by Patrick Mazza The energy system of the future is being founded now. New energy systems and technologies are growing on an accelerating curve: • Buildings that are green, super-efficient and fully managed by digital technologies have become economically competitive. Smart electric grids that employ digital technology to manage power supply and demand are spreading through long distance transmission and local power distribution.

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Day 4 of Geothermal: What Does a Geothermal System Cost?

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As we look to build a smart grid over the next ten years and increase our renewable energy supplies, geothermal systems will be a key element in making a home comfortable and efficient. In our cost analysis we compared three systems: System A: Five-zone hydro air heating and cooling system using oil boiler (90% efficient) and tankless on-demand water tanks and dual Environmental Recovery Ventilators (ERVs) COST: $118,750.00. Energy efficiency of the two systems.