13. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

For more than a century General Electric made most of its revenue by selling industrial hardware and repair services. But in recent years GE was at increasing risk of losing many of its top customers to nontraditional competitors—IBM and SAP on the one hand, and big-data start-ups on the other. Those competitors aimed to shift Continue reading →

13. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Information technology is revolutionizing products. Once composed solely of mechanical and electrical parts, products have become complex systems that combine hardware, sensors, data storage, microprocessors, software, and connectivity in myriad ways. These “smart, connected products”—made possible by vast improvements in processing power and device miniaturization and by the network benefits of ubiquitous wireless connectivity—have unleashed Continue reading →

29. October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

We’ve said it before. The commitment to the smart grid initiative in the U.S. has been primarily about providing customers and utilities with information that can provide a variety of benefits, from more efficient operations for utilities to opportunities for cost savings and better managing energy use for customers. Ever since Korea began testing smart Continue reading →

21. October 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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 Continue reading →

18. September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

A new report from the Edison Foundation Institute for Electric Innovation (IEI) examines the growth of smart meters across the country, the benefits smart meters are providing to electricity customers, and the crucial part smart meters play in shaping our energy future. “Smart meters are playing a critical role in shaping the future of the Continue reading →

Consumers Energy is accelerating its plan to provide updated electric meters to homes and businesses across Michigan.  By the end of 2017 — two years earlier than scheduled originally — 1.8 million electric meters will be updated along with 600,000 natural gas meters for customers who also have Consumers Energy electric service. “Our high customer Continue reading →

Clean energy benefits are becoming widely known to include reduced carbon footprint that is sustainability-focused and home solar systems that essentially turn consumers into paid energy providers. Significant shifts are happening in this sector; business model and financial innovation and the need for seamless integration of technology makes M2M communication key to adoption. M2M device management pioneers Mformation spoke to Continue reading →

Trilliant announced recently that it has been selected by National Grid to deploy the company’s smart grid communications platform for Volt/VAR Optimization. The project is designed to help deliver energy efficiency benefits to National Grid’s customers in Rhode Island. This initial phase will support a demonstration of Volt/VAR Optimization (VVO) in the state of Rhode Continue reading →

13. August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Electric vehicles could provide smart grid services that have been handled by conventional power plants. Automakers and utility groups took a step forward last week in an effort to systematize the communication between a charging plug-in electric vehicle, or PEV, and grid operators. “A key aspect of the platform’s benefits will be giving customers flexibility Continue reading →

05. August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

For the past few decades, the argument for modernizing the nation’s electric power grid has included some reference to the benefits customers would receive from upgrading their on-premise power meters to one that communicates with the headend over a two-way line, or maybe even wirelessly. Many of this nation’s utility companies report smart meter installation Continue reading →

31. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The EMerge Alliance– an open industry association leading the rapid adoption of safe direct-current (DC) power distribution standards for buildings – today announced it will start teaming up with local organizations and launched a new Industrializing membership category to bring the benefits of DC microgrids to industrializing countries in South Asia. A DC microgrid is Continue reading →

30. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Moving the electricity sector into a low-carbon future presents many challenges. As supply becomes increasingly intermittent, so the need for fast-responding, flexible demand and generation sources grows. Energy storage is a key source of flexibility to meet this need and has been identified by the UK Smart Grid Forum as a crucial intervention likely to Continue reading →

10. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Just when you think it’s safe to go back in the water, the smart meter debate has been elevated to the national level by several publications, including Forbes. Smart meter installations in the United States are expected to progress steadily over the next 10 years. That is because they offer a range of benefits to Continue reading →

07. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Smart Energy GB, an organisation set up by the Government and funded by energy companies, is launching the first phase of the £85 seven-year marketing plan next week (8 July). It was first revealed in March and the campaign will play a key role in the Government’s £11bn plan to install the devices in every Continue reading →

25. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

A £667k grant under the Department for Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) Offshore Wind Components Technology Scheme is allowing Scotland-based SgurrControl, part of renewable energy consultancy SgurrEnergy, to launch an offshore wind reliability project. SgurrEnergy is leading the wind turbine intelligent control project to simulate, implement and demonstrate the capability of individual blade control technology Continue reading →

18. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Utilities in the United States and around the world are investing millions of dollars in the so-called “smart grid” to bring electric grids into the information age, and then passing those costs on to consumers — as much as $600 or more per customer in the U.S., according to the Wired Group. A new book, Continue reading →

16. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

A £667k grant under the Department for Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) Offshore Wind Components Technology Scheme is allowing Scotland-based SgurrControl, part of renewable energy consultancy SgurrEnergy, to launch an offshore wind reliability project. SgurrEnergy is leading the wind turbine intelligent control project to simulate, implement and demonstrate the capability of individual blade control technology Continue reading →

The inaugural meeting of the Mobile Energy Association took place this week at TM Forum Live in Nice, France. The association aims to increase collaboration between the telecoms and energy sectors. The founders believe that significant benefits for both industries can accrue to consumers in both developing and developed markets through improved cooperation, transfer of Continue reading →

29. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

For the power sector to realize the full benefits of the smart grid revolution, advanced networking and communications technology must span the entire power grid.  For many smaller utilities, however, the lack of access to adequate financial and human resources may limit their ability to invest in smart grid solutions at the desired level. Hosted Continue reading →

02. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Malaysia’s largest utility, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) has signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Trilliant that calls for the two companies to exchange technical information and training and to explore models to deliver smart grid benefits such as enhanced energy efficiency, improved reliability, and energy security throughout TNB’s customer base. Malaysia has the third largest Continue reading →