The not so smart grid

Green (Living) Review

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.

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

Green Home Blog

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.

UK regulator publishes first Smart Grid Evaluation Framework

Green (Living) Review

The UK energy regulator Ofgem (Office of the Gas and Electricity Markets) has published the first Smart Grid Evaluation Framework, to provide energy companies with a methodology for assessing the value of new smart grid solutions. The framework has been produced for The Smart Grids Forum , established by Ofgem and DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) in April 2011, to provide leadership to the power industry on the implementation of smart grids.

UK regulator publishes first Smart Grid Evaluation Framework

Green (Living) Review

The UK energy regulator Ofgem (Office of the Gas and Electricity Markets) has published the first Smart Grid Evaluation Framework, to provide energy companies with a methodology for assessing the value of new smart grid solutions. The framework has been produced for The Smart Grids Forum , established by Ofgem and DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) in April 2011, to provide leadership to the power industry on the implementation of smart grids.

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.

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.

Five Ways to Store Energy for the Smart Grid

Green Living Ideas

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&#.

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.

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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. Chemical batteries are another possible grid storage solution.

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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Big Brother? Masdar Monitors Student Energy & Water Consumption

Green Prophet

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.

Israel’s GridON Keeps the Midnight Oil Burning

Green Prophet

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.

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How Home Automation Saves Energy and Money

Green Living Ideas

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Eco Green Site Solutions Continues to Support the Renewable Energy Campaign for Connecticut

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Eco Green Site Solutions Continues to Support the Renewable Energy Campaign for Connecticut by Providing Sustainable Solutions to Municipal and Higher Education Clients Featuring Best in Urban Global Design: BigBelly Solar recycling bin – Smart Grid trash and recycling system!

Don't worry about climate change. Because the internet.

Environmental Economics

But the recent history of innovation includes fracking; smart grids; solar, wind, and battery technologies; and the vast Internet of things. David Warsh: On the eve of the climate meeting on Paris, I burrowed into Shane Greenstein’s new book, How the Internet Became Commercial: Innovation, Privatization, and the Birth of a New Network (Princeton, 2015). What are the implications of climate change? I haven’t the faintest idea.

Off-grid German village banks on wind, sun, pig manure

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The hamlet near Berlin is Germany''s first to have left the national grid and switched to 100 percent local, alternative energy, swearing off fossil fuels and nuclear power decades before the rest of the country plans to near the same goal.

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Green Power

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More Stories Concentrated Solar Power Tidal Energy Smart Grid Offshore Wind Algae Biofuel Carbon Capture and Sequestration Geothermal Lithium-ion Batteries Concentrated Solar Photovoltaic Nuclear Fusion [link].

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