20. July 2017 · Comments Off on Microsoft unveils a beautiful Cortana-powered thermostat · Categories: News

Microsoft is partnering with Johnson Controls to build a thermostat. The software giant unveiled the new GLAS thermostat in a YouTube video today. It’s built by Johnson Controls, makers of the first electric room thermostat. It appears that GLAS will include a translucent touchscreen display that will allow owners to alter room temperatures, check energy usage and air quality, and see calendar information.

Source: Microsoft unveils a beautiful Cortana-powered thermostat – The Verge

16. July 2017 · Comments Off on Best Smart Light Switches of 2017 – Turn Any Light Into a Smart Bulb · Categories: News

From the outside, smart light switches look just like any other light switch, but inside is a hidden feature. That’s because these smart switches connect to your home Wi-Fi network, which lets you control your overhead lights not only by flicking the switch, but also by using other smart home devices, such as the Alexa voice assistant on your Echo speaker or your smartphone. It’s a good alternative for those who don’t want to replace all of their lights with smart bulbs.

Source: Best Smart Light Switches of 2017 – Turn Any Light Into a Smart Bulb

15. July 2017 · Comments Off on Survey finds growing awareness of smart grid programs but still low participation · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

U.S. energy consumers are increasingly aware and broadly supportive of the smart grid, but relatively few of them participate in most smart-grid related programs and products, according to a study released last week. Nearly three-fourths of U.S. consumers have at least heard of smart meters and the smart grid, according to a longitudinal study published by the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC), an Atlanta-based nonprofit that does market research for industry stakeholders on energy consumers.

Source: Survey finds growing awareness of smart grid programs but still low participation | Midwest Energy News

14. July 2017 · Comments Off on Western Europe to invest $133bn in smart grid infrastructure by 2027, says study · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Western Europe, one of the highly advanced and matured electricity markets in the world, is planning to invest more than $133bn in ‘smart grid’ infrastructure in the next ten years, according to a study published by Northeast Group.The investments are expected to strengthen Western Europe’s position in promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy development globally.

Source: Western Europe to invest $133bn in smart grid infrastructure by 2027, says study – Clean Technology Business Review

13. July 2017 · Comments Off on Renewable energy no longer a niche to institutional investors  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Institutional investors remain eager to put money to work on renewable energy projects even as U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to revive their chief competitor: coal, financial executives said at a conference this week.”Five or six years ago, funds weren’t specifically targeting renewable investment; today it’s a key component of infrastructure investment,” said David Giordano, managing director and head of North American, Latin American and Asia Pacific investments at BlackRock, on the sidelines of the Renewable Energy Finance Forum in New York.

Source: Renewable energy no longer a niche to institutional investors – Business Insider