Honeywell Evohome may not be a household smart energy brand like British Gas Hive and Google-backed Nest, but it’s been doing very well from the publicity.

When Recombu visited Honeywell’s James Coulson to take a look at Evohome in action, he was delighted to reveal they’re signing up customers faster than they can make their kit.

Like Hive and Nest, Evohome is a smart heating control system, although it’s got more in common with British-born Heat Genius, which we looked at recently.

via Honeywell Evohome smart energy hands-on video: “We invented the thermostat” – Recombu.

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Brazil’s ambitious plan to auction 3.5 GW of photovoltaic (PV) capacity through 2018 is expected to catalyze solar growth in Latin America, according to IHS Technology. The Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency has announced a so-called reserve capacity auction to contract new power-generation capacity to hedge against unexpected drops in power supply — for example, low hydroelectric power levels during drought years.

via Brazil’s ambitious solar plan – FierceEnergy.

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Utilities take note: 12 major U.S. corporations are sending you a message. They want more options for purchasing renewable energy.

Because utilities and energy suppliers are not meeting these companies’ ambitious renewable energy targets, the 12 companies have signed the Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles in order to better communicate their purchasing needs and expectations to the marketplace. To this end, the World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Rocky Mountain Institute partnered to develop with the companies the principles, which spell out what the companies need in order to purchase more renewable energy, such as more procurement options and long-term contracts.

via U.S. corporations’ renewable energy demand presents clear market opportunity – FierceEnergy.

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In yet another development in President Obama’s climate plan, the government is putting more than $1.2 billion behind programs to prepare the electric grid and rural communities for extreme weather events.

The funding announcement is more proof of how important the concept of resiliency has become on the federal and state levels over the last two years.

via Here Are 1.2 Billion More Reasons Why Resiliency Is a Big Deal for the Power Sector : Greentech Media.

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The US Electric Vehicle (EV) level 2 charging stations market will surge from $US67 million in 2013 to approximately $US947 million by 2020, catalysed by President Obama’s target of one million EVs on US roads by 2015, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.

The company’s latest report - Electric Vehicle Charging Stations – Market Analysis and Forecast to 2020 - states that the global market for EV level 2 charging stations will grow exponentially from an estimated $US0.2 billion in 2014 to $US3.5 billion by 2020.The US is currently the world’s leading market, having claimed more than a 30% share of the total annual installations in 2013.

via EV charging stations set to surge in US | Business Spectator.

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Implementing the Smart Grid involves more than just replacing the existing grid structure. It completely changes the approach to power distribution with the incorporation of renewable energy sources and the ability to send power back to the grid.

via Transforming the Power Grid with Distributed Intelligence | Automation World.

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A 3.2MW ground-mount PV based solar farm inverter manufacturer SMA will use to test new system solutions has been put into operation in the Sandershäuser Berg industrial park in Niestetal, near Kassel, Germany.

via SMA Unveils 3.2MW Solar Testing Facility : Renewable Energy News :.

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US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz recently attended the sixth US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) in Beijing. The conference is considered a leading channel for government-to-government discussion between the two nations on issues relating to global, regional, and national security and economic issues. Moniz focused on opportunities to expand and deepen US-China collaborations on clean energy and climate change.

via China, US Sign MoU on Electric Vehicle Cooperation.

Trimble has introduced an updated version of its smart water infrastructure mapping and work management software. Trimble Connect version 1.8 is the latest release of the cloud-based, geographic information system (GIS)-centric software, featuring a suite of applications that enable water, wastewater, and storm water utilities to efficiently manage their network maintenance and data collection activities.

Trimble reports that its Connect software leverages Esri’s GIS technologies to “accurately map, locate, and assess the condition of critical infrastructure assets, allowing utilities to keep their field infrastructure data up-to-date and accurate.”

via Trimble Enhances Software for Smart Water Infrastructure.

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In 2013, the wave and tidal energy market was valued at $25 million, and Transparency Market Research (TMR) anticipates that will reach $10.1 billion in 2020 — a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 64.1 percent from 2014 to 2020.

When harnessed effectively, ocean could prove to be one of the largest reserves of clean and sustainable energy.

via Ocean energy ROI questionable – FierceEnergy.

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Just in case you thought offshore wind energy was dead in the water, there has been a lot of activity in the past two months. Earlier this month the Department of the Interior announced that almost 80,000 acres off the Maryland shore will be available for commercial wind energy development in a competitive lease sale. Scan the news release below for details.

via Smart Grid: A boost for offshore wind energy? DOI offers commercial leases for development.

Britain’s electric power industry is joining forces for a nationwide campaign to explain smart meters. It will promote the devices as a platform for future lifestyle improvements.

Smart Energy GB is a governmental organization funded by energy companies. It has just launched Phase One of a $145 million marketing plan. The initiative will highlight how smart meters can transform the relationship between customers and electric power providers.

Smart Energy GB has decided to use cartoon characters to embody gas and electricity. Smart meters will be portrayed as the best way to control these chaotic, boisterous characters.

via Smart Grid: Smart meter progress: What Britain is doing better than the U.S..

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Recognizing the need for a new and better way to connect products in the home, seven companies recently formed the Thread Group to develop Thread, a new IP-based wireless networking protocol. The charter of the Thread Group is to guide the adoption of the Thread protocol. Thread Group founding members include Yale Security, Silicon Labs, Samsung Electronics, Nest Labs, Freescale Semiconductor, Big Ass Fans and ARM.

While currently available 802.15.4 networking technologies have their own advantages, each also has critical issues that prevent the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) from being realized. These include lack of interoperability, inability to carry IPv6 communications, high power requirements that drain batteries quickly, and “hub and spoke” models dependent on one device (if that device fails, the whole network goes down). Thread is intended to allow product developers and consumers to securely connect more than 250 devices into a low-power, wireless mesh network that also includes direct Internet and cloud access for every device.

via Thread Group To Develop New IP-Based Wireless Networking Protocol.

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It’s an interesting mix of news in this week’s selection of smart grid wins. Check out projects and accomplishments from GRID20/20, Siemens, Itron and others.

via Smart Grid: Big wins for GRID20/20, Itron, Siemens and more smart grid companies.

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Why would the ability of machines talking to machines benefit cities? Well if the machines are talking about how to better use resources such as electricity and water, then it’s a conversation that city administrators want to hear.

With a rallying cry of “Aspiring to Create the Most Sustainable Urban Core in the Nation,” Charlotte, N.C. is an example of a city that is leveraging connected technologies, such as smart meters talking to each other, to create a more sustainable city.

via Smart Cities Using Smart Technology | Technology content from IndustryWeek.

AMSC recently announced that ComEd, a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation, has agreed to develop a deployment plan for AMSC’s high temperature superconductor technology to build a superconducting cable system designed to strengthen Chicago’s electric grid. The Resilient Electric Grid (REG) effort is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s work to secure the nation’s electric power grids and improve resiliency against extreme weather, acts of terrorism, or other catastrophic events.

via ComEd to Partner with AMSC on Superconductor-based Resilient Electric Grid System.

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EnerNOC Inc., a provider of energy intelligence software, has announced the release of its newest software update.

The company says the update includes a new predictive energy algorithm and tariff engine, empowering enterprise customers to predict energy costs with a high degree of accuracy. The new capabilities provide a granular view into future energy usage and spending to help users optimize consumption and reduce peak demand charges, which can comprise 30% or more of total monthly electricity costs, EnerNOC adds.

via Renew Grid: Content / Products & Technology / EnerNOC Software Update Aims To Help Enterprise Customers Predict Energy Usage.

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When working with consumer devices that plug into a smart grid, there’s no substitute for field testing, particularly of mobile, battery-operated devices. In addition, the use of home gateways can simplfy testing for utilities and give consumers more choice.

Those are two of the lessons we learned at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) in the last several years working on our SmartSacramento smart grid program.

Fueled by a $127.5 million grant from the Department of Energy (DoE), we deployed 615,000 smart meters to our customers running on a two-way advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) network that connects those meters to Home Area Network (HAN) devices.

Between 2012 and 2013, we also deployed about 6,700 HAN devices. SMUD chose to deploy only ZigBee SEP 1.1 HAN devices to capitalize on their stronger security and the ability to upgrade to SEP 2.

In 2011, we recognized the need for a certification and testing program for the various HAN devices. At that time, many of the large California utilities had developed their own in-house testing labs. Given the pressure of our DoE deadlines, we took a hybrid approach, using both internal and external testing.

We selected the National Technical Systems to:

  • Test new firmware of previously certified ZigBee SEP 1.1 devices
  • Re-run AMI network compatibility tests
  • Perform basic functionality tests
  • Test 5% of the devices we purchased in bulk

via Smart Grid Lessons From a Utility | EE Times.

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It’s hard to introduce a new “standard” for home automation or Internet of Things without being laughed out of the (enlightened) media, but this new protocol called Thread is the most exciting initiative I’ve seen since Z-Wave. And I’ve been doing this for 20 years.

That’s because Thread takes the most ubiquitous networking protocol on the planet – IP – and turns it into a mesh network to optimize coverage and performance. Specifically, Thread is based on 6LoWPAN, the low-power wireless protocol that delivers IPv6 over an 802.15.4 radio – the same radio used for ZigBee.

via Led by Nest, ‘Thread’ for Home Automation is Most Promising IoT Standard Yet – Article from CE Pro.

Itron recently announced its intent to use Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud platform for Itron Analytics. The cloud computing and infrastructure platform is seen as providing a secure, reliable and cost-effective option for hosting Itron’s analytic application.

via Itron Selects Microsoft Azure as Preferred Cloud Platform.

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