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.

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.

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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. Chemical batteries are another possible grid storage solution.

Smart Grid is NOT very smart

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I am sure we can all imagine what could happen if a cyber attack aims for the entire computer controlled infrastructure, such as water, electricity and gas, and this without a total “smart grid” in place so far. With the smart grid in total control any cyber attack will, effectively cripple the country and maybe even more than just one country and everyone is still advocating the “smart grid”. cyber attacks smart grid

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.

Blackout Channel 4TV

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A “review” by Michael Smith (Veshengro) “Blackout” was a feature-length ''What-If'' drama exploring the effects of a devastating cyber-attack on Britain''s national electricity grid that was broadcast in the beginning of September 2013 on Channel 4 TV in the UK.

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

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Smart grid technology is coming and it will change everything about electricity. Earlier this week an announcement was made in Miami about smart grid deployment. I think the smart grid will revolutionize the electricity market the way the Internet changed communications. This project is a combined effort of GE, Cisco and Florida Power and Light. The U.S. Department of Energy has a document introducing the technology.

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.

Six Myths About the Smart Grid

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If “green&# was the buzzword of 2008, you can bet that “smart grid&# will be the buzzword for 2009 and probably even 2010. There is a lot of confusion surrounding the smart grid and for good reason. Most people didn’t really pay much attention to the regular grid – unless there was a blackout, of course. But with any trend comes hype, myths and gossip – and smart grid news is no different.

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. Applicants state that the projects will create tens of thousands of jobs, and consumers in 49 states will benefit from these investments in a stronger, more reliable grid. million smart meters and other technologies that will cut energy costs for its customers.

Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition Adds 6 New Members

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The Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition ( DRSG ) announced that six companies have joined the trade association and will contribute to its efforts aimed at developing markets for smart grid technologies and smart grid practices like demand response. Tagged: Control4, Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition, smart grid. Tags: Green Control4 Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition smart grid

Mitsubishi begins operating smart grid demonstration project

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Sonia Renthlei: Smart grids have the capacity to provide smooth power supply to every home or commercial establishment connected to it. EV-Smart Grid Demonstration Project. EV-Smart Grid Demonstration Project.

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.

ZigBee Alliance & Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition Establish Liaison Agreement

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. Washington, DC – The Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition ( DRSG ) and ZigBee Alliance today announced that the two organizations have established a formal liaison agreement between the two groups, making ZigBee a member of DRSG, and linking their efforts to support the Smart Grid.DRSG is the trade association for companies providing technologies, products and services in the demand response and smart grid areas.

Smart Grid Coalition Presents Views to House Democratic Caucus on Job Creation and Support for Economic Recovery

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Earlier today, at the invitation of the House Democratic Caucus, representatives of the Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition (DRSG) presented their views on smart grid development, job creation, and economic recovery to over 200 Members of the House at the body’s annual Issues Retreat. . “The Smart Grid is about jobs,&# said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Tagged: Demand Response, Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition, smart grid.

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.

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.

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.

The Barriers to Entry of Smart Grid Deployment, and How to Overcome Them

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The deployment of smart grids, electrical power grids which support 2-way data communication, has encountered numerous barriers to entry. As with any comprehensive infrastructural change, smart grid deployment encounters resistance in the following areas: State regulatory agencies. Consumers are represented by their legislative bodies, so if consumers are supportive of the smart grid project, the likelihood of supportive legislation increases.

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.

Five Ways to Store Energy for the Smart Grid

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Communications-enabled power grids and power meters–AKA “smart grids&# and “smart meters&# – have been getting lots of attention recently for their ability to accommodate the increasing amount of alternative energy sources coming online. Five Ways to Store Energy for the Smart Grid. Understanding the “Smart Grid&#.

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.

If consumers don’t understand the Smart Grid, can utilities sell it?

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I believe the Smart Grid is an eventuality. I’ve talked to a number of homeowners and I’d like to offer three very different perspectives on what they think the Smart Grid is and what it means to them. When I asked them if they had heard of the Smart Grid they said they had not, when I explained what it was and what it could do and how it could even help them manage their electricity consumption to save money, they thought it sounded great that they could be “green”.

Bahrain generates oil and brains using 5 MW solar power

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“The project succeeded in generating electricity through solar energy and smart grid applications that optimise the reliability and safety of the electricity distribution network,” said Abdulkarim.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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Rooftop solar power is the fastest-growing source of new power generation and is now competitive with average grid prices in 19 states. The smart grid is beginning to gain steam. The smart grid allows consumers to shift their power demand to low-cost periods of the day.

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.

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.

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.

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. Green Prophet is on a VIP media tour in Abu Dhabi.

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. The main position is in the substation in a grid or in connection points of generators or generator stations – traditional or renewable energy ones,&# says Valent.

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.

Apple’s Play Into Energy Management

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The other question begging to be asked is whether or not Apple’s entrance into the home energy display space will mean momentum and increased speed of adoption – or, as many (including VentureBeat’s Tom Slater ) are predicting, the beginning of the end of this first piece of the Smart Grid bubble. Tagged: Apple, Apple Home Energy Management, Google PowerMeter, in-home displays, iPhone, Microsoft Hohm, smart grid.

CNET’s Best of CES 2010 Green Award

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The winner in the Green category this year was Tenrehte Technologies for their Picowatt Wi-Fi smart plugs. According to the article on CNET, Tenrehte Technologies has a grassroots vision for the smart grid. Instead of relying on a utility-installed smart meter to help consumers ratchet down their electricity bills, the Rochester, N.Y.-based based start-up is building Wi-Fi-enabled smart plugs.

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. As of now, smart grid energy systems exist only in small scales.