Enphase Energy, Inc. ENPH, +12.84% today announced the Enphase Energy Management System, a groundbreaking system for energy management that delivers on the vision of enabling large-scale implementation of solar power integrated with the grid.

The Enphase system intelligently integrates the critical technologies needed to solve solar energy challenges at scale: smart grid intelligence, communications, big data analytics and storage. The energy management system offers the next-generation, smart-grid ready Enphase microinverter, plug-and-play storage, advanced control capabilities and load management.The new system has three distinct advantages: it provides a better return on investment for system owners, expands the range of profitable business models for installers, and provides broader insight into and control for utilities.

via Enphase Energy Introduces New Energy Management System to Accelerate Mainstream Solar Adoption – MarketWatch.

Addressing the critical national need for a reliable and secure electric power grid, Washington State University researchers are building the most comprehensive “smart city” laboratory in the U.S. to test smart grid technologies.

via Researchers build “smart city” to test the smart grid.

Combined heat and power (CHP) technologies are sometimes overlooked as important assets that can be deployed in Smart Grids and microgrids in North America. Also known as cogeneration, it is defined in the Smart Grid Dictionary as the production of electricity and useful thermal energy from a single fuel source, typically located at or near the point of consumption. The thermal energy is typically used for heating, cooling, or applied to specific processes.   CHP deserves more consideration in microgrid designs and deployments. Ongoing technology advances in combustion turbines result in much more energy-efficient equipment, and that means that the solutions are more powerful and occupy smaller form factors than in the past. That opens up more possibilities for installations within microgrids that are strategically placed to build infrastructure resiliency.

via Microgrid Development and Integration | The Energy Collective.

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Why do we care about consumer engagement? Aside from fulfilling a promise often made to consumers—and regulators—as part of utility smart grid deployment plans, a 2013 Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) study (Smart Grid Economic and Environmental Benefits) found that customer participation and behavior was a key driver of available smart grid economic and environmental benefits, accounting for up to 30% of potential benefits.

via Tapping consumer motivations to drive smart grid engagement | Intelligent Utility.

Addressing the critical national need for a reliable and secure electric power grid, Washington State University researchers are building the most comprehensive “smart city” laboratory in the U.S. to test smart grid technologies.

Scientists have received a $500,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to build a city of the future in WSU’s engineering buildings complete with simulated windmills, solar panels, fuel cells, power substations and smart meters.

via Grant funds ‘smart city’ power grid lab at WSU.

Parks Associates announced new research today showing 7% of U.S. broadband households own some kind of home energy management product but 70% are interested in emerging energy-related products or services. The research firm will host the sixth-annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer on February 16-18, 2015, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas, to explore research and business strategies to capture this untapped consumer demand.

via Parks Associates: 70% of U.S. Broadband Households Interested in One or More Home Energy Management Features.

The U.S. electricity grid is a mind-boggling mess. For one thing, it is two large and three small grids, rolled into one. Two types of organizations, independent system operators and regional transmission bodies, control their slices, which may cover several states. Each state has its own utility laws. Then there are eight regional reliability councils that work with the North American Electric Reliability Corp., which is overseen by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The two break down the grid into different, overlapping regions.

via When it comes to U.S. power grid reliability, small electricity grids have the bigger advantage | Star Tribune.

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British Gas CIO David Cooper says it isn’t the cost savings that won him over with Hadoop. It wasn’t even the scalability. What made Hadoop a winning choice for the UK utility firm is Hadoop’s ability to answer “what if” questions.

CIO UK recently interviewed Cooper, who ranks among the site’s top 15 in the CIO 100 this year. While the article focuses on Cooper, it also explains how Cooper fine-tuned the company’s data infrastructure to support its Internet of Things (IoT) product, Hive.

via How an IoT Smart Device Is Expanding British Gas’ Business Model.

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The electricity zipping around neighborhoods that have lots of rooftop solar PV is very different from conventional electricity. Not only does it sag and surge in response to the pattern of clouds crossing overhead, but it is also provided by lots of inverters, which creates electrical conditions very different from the alternating current supplied by big spinning generators.

via Solar Energy Integration and Technological Innovation | The Energy Collective.

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A new agreement joins technology development with the country’s fully-automated smart electric grid. Energy experts met at EPB Headquarters in Chattanooga to discuss energy developments for the near future.

The new partnership goes into effect today. It joins E-P-B with the U-S Department of Energy and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

EPB Board Chairman Joe Ferguson said, “One of the things we’re seeing is that doors are opening for future and moving forward even further than we ever dreamed and this is one of the things you’re going to be hearing about today.”

via WTVC NewsChannel 9 :: News – Top Stories – EPB’s New Smart Grid Partnership.

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I’m kind of tired of testing the varied smart home hubs out there. The mix of radios and software smarts that tie lights, locks and varied sensors together gets a bit old after a while, so I wasn’t too keen to set up the Mother system by Sen.se in my home. But I’m glad I did. This product is entirely different and could actually appeal to a much more casual user who wants to make their homes smarter, as opposed to automating an entire house.

via Mother is a smart home platform that adapts to your needs — Tech News and Analysis.

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This week is another big one for Apple. The company is holding an event on Thursday, and we’ll likely see the launch of its next-generation iPads and iMacs. It’s unknown if we can expect to see other hardware launches, too, like a new Apple TV box — or the official arrival of HomeKit alongside it.

There’s a good chance Apple will tell us more about its HomeKit platform that will eventually allow users to users to control locks, lights, cameras, doors, thermostats, plugs and switches at the home. Developers and manufacturers confirm to Mashable they’re hard at work building for Apple HomeKit, noting it’s coming “soon,” and industry experts believe it’s coming “by the end of the year.”

via Smart Home Companies Gearing Up for Apple HomeKit Launch ‘Soon’.

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When British Gas’ Hive entered the connected home space a year ago, smart thermostats were still an emergent technology. The energy provider joined a small number of manufacturers, promising to change the way you heated your home with a mix of complex automation algorithms and slick mobile apps. Fast forward to today: While Brits have embraced smart thermostats from Nest, Tado, Climote, Netatmo and Honeywell, it’s Hive that has enjoyed more of a significant uptake than most. Today, the subsidiary is claiming that its controller is now the most popular smart heating solution in the UK, having been installed in over 100,000 homes.

via Smart everything: Behind Hive’s plans to automate your entire home.

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Revolv, the home-automation hub supplier, has added compatibility with the Nest Protect CO/smoke detector and launched a new UI for the Nest Learning thermostat.

The company also added control of Poly Control’s retrofit door lock with Bluetooth and Z-Wave to its user interface on iOS and Android apps.

via Revolv Takes A Whirl With Nest Detectors, Danalock | http://www.twice.com.

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The world of computing turned the world of expectations on its head. Suddenly, we all became conversant in Moore’s Law of the doubling of processor power every two years.  But, that is where Moore’s Law ends.  Somehow, we never had any expectation of a similar law for the batteries that increasingly drive mobile computing power or would allow for substations of reserve power on power grids.

The improvements that have come in the lives of batteries have incremental and have had more to do with achievements in efficiency.  Our batteries’ performance has slightly improved while the devices that use them have learned to sip on battery juice and not uncontrollably gulp it  like the power will never end.

via Pssst! I Have One Word For You: Batteries.

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SAGE, a do-it-yourself home automation platform from EchoStar  Corp., will launch sometime next year, a company official confirmed Friday.

EchoStar isn’t ready to reveal pricing and specific rollout details, but it’s expected that corporate cousin Dish Network will play a significant role in the distribution and marketing of the new product.

via EchoStar Gears Up For The Smart Home Market | Multichannel.

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The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) has produced a series of videos with which utilities can help educate residential customers about the smart grid in a fun and engaging way.

“We created these videos to add another dimension to the facts presented to consumers surrounding smart grid and deepen their learning opportunities,” said Patty Durand, SGCC’s executive director.

The short, mixed-media messages are compiled with information from SGCC’s quantitative consumer research and fact sheets, and feature a range of “hot topics.”

via SGCC releases smart grid facts videos – FierceSmartGrid.

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After giving its software and analytics engine a powerful tuneup earlier this year as part of a fifth-generation release, Opower is unveiling yet another set of offerings for utility customers today.

The release, dubbed Opower 5.5, includes three new analytics capabilities designed to make it even easier to target specific customer segments for efficiency, while also setting Opower up to compete with disaggregation startups that are gunning for a share of the residential and small commercial efficiency market.

via This Diagram Will Help You Visualize How Opower’s Software Platform Operates : Greentech Media.

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For the past year or so, Itron has been promising to turn its core product, smart meters, into something more like hardened, edge-of-the-grid computing platforms. Sure, Itron’s smart meters will still meter electricity — but that could be just one of the applications they’re capable of handling.

Over the past few years, Itron has been working closely with Cisco on this vision, merging the networking giant’s wireless communications technologies and grid routers into its own smart meters and software. Both companies have also embraced Linux as the operating system for their grid-edge devices — a major improvement over legacy device software operating systems in terms of flexibility and openness to a world of programmers and app developers.

via Itron Launches Its Grid Edge Intelligence Platform to Merge Meters, Comms, Apps and IOT : Greentech Media.

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Smarthome® announced today that it has expanded its offering of connected home products with the introduction of the new Wink hub. Compatible with Z-Wave, Zigbee, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Lutron ClearConnect, the Wink hub allows connected home enthusiasts to control devices from all their favorite brands by allowing them to speak the same language.

The Wink hub enables users to monitor activity in the home, make buttons to quickly control anything, and set up rules to automate your life. The data is encrypted for security and the network requires no monthly fees or contracts.

via Smarthome Adds Wink Hub to Its Growing List of Connected Devices | Business Wire.

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