12. November 2014 · Comments Off on AT86RF215 – Atmel – First dual-band IEEE 802.15.4g-2012 tx for smart energy and automation applications · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Atmel has introduced a new family of wireless transceivers. The first sampling device, the AT86RF215, is the industry’s first dual-band sub-1GHz / 2.4GHz transceiver compliant to IEEE 802.15.4g-2012 and ETSI TS 102 887-1. Expanding the Atmel SMART metering portfolio, the new devices include the AT86RF215M, a single band sub-1GHz transceiver, and the AT86RF215IQ, a dual-band I/Q radio. All three devices deliver an output power of up to 14dBm. With receiver sensitivities down to -123dBm, an outstanding link budget of 137dB can be achieved.

via AT86RF215 – Atmel – First dual-band IEEE 802.15.4g-2012 tx for smart energy and automation applications | Electropages.

05. August 2014 · Comments Off on Strong Q4 Expected In Home Automation · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Mass-market home automation will come into its own in the fourth quarter, driven by widespread retail rollouts, a growing product selection, growing consumer awareness and falling prices, marketers and analysts told TWICE.

If Apple launches its HomeKit home-automation initiative as expected in the quarter, awareness and sales will grow to even higher levels, thanks to the company’s massive advertising and promotion budget.

Home automation will enjoy its largest retail/e-tail presence ever in the fourth quarter, said Z-Wave Alliance chairman Mark Walters. “We’ll see a lot more advertising this fourth quarter, including from Apple.”

via Strong Q4 Expected In Home Automation | http://www.twice.com.

19. March 2014 · Comments Off on President Obama’s Proposed Budget Includes Significant Funding For Renewables · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

President Barack Obama has announced his fiscal year 2015 budget proposal, which seeks to provide billions of dollars for clean energy and eliminate $4 billion in fossil fuel subsidies.

The proposed budget would provide multiple federal agencies with funding to further spur renewable energy development in the country. For example, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) would receive approximately $5.2 billion.

via Renew Grid: Content / Up Front / President Obama’s Proposed Budget Includes Significant Funding For Renewables.

29. July 2013 · Comments Off on Smart grid sentiment hits all-time high · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The results of the FierceSmartGrid/Zpryme Smart Grid Index (SGI) for June are in, revealing that overall smart grid sentiment is at an eight-month high — up 21 percentage points among utilities.

Since FierceSmartGrid rolled out this research eight months ago, sentiment among smart grid executives has hit an all-time high of 84 percent. A full 84 percent of utilities also expect to submit new smart grid proposals for budget approval within the next 12 months; 48 percent of all respondents expect smart grid hiring to increase over the next 12 months; and 84 percent of utilities expect to submit new smart grid proposals for budget approval.

via Smart grid sentiment hits all-time high – FierceSmartGrid.

22. July 2013 · Comments Off on Siemens, Partners to Create Smart City in Vienna · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Siemens is partnering to create a smart city in Vienna, Austria, which will test systems for intelligent cities of the future. The partners include local power companies and real estate developers, which have established Aspern Smart City Research to govern the project. Work is scheduled to start in October with a $51 million budget.

The Aspern district, located in northeast Vienna, is one of the largest urban development projects in Europe. The goal of the collaborators is to “use resources as efficiently as possible by connecting building systems with intelligent power grids and information and communication technologies that interact.”

via Siemens, Partners to Create Smart City in Vienna.

24. June 2013 · Comments Off on LP&L staff push smart meters after June 5 storm outage · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Advanced meter-reading technology could have helped Lubbock Power & Light respond faster to outages from destructive storms June 5, LP&L staff told Lubbock’s Electric Utility Board in pushing for the meters.

And the board seemed on board with the proposal to include initial steps of investing in the computerized meters, often called smart meters, on a draft of LP&L’s 2014 budget, though the board still must pass the budget this summer before the Lubbock City Council approves it in September.

via LP&L staff push smart meters after June 5 storm outage | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

14. May 2013 · Comments Off on €1.8 billion invested in smart grids in Europe · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Up to September 2012, a total of 281 smart grid projects and around 90 smart metering pilots and rollouts have been identified across 30 countries in Europe, accounting for total investments respectively of €1.8 billion and at least €5 billion, according to the Joint Research Center’s latest review.

Of these smart grid projects around 150 are R&D projects with a total budget of around €500 million and around 130 are demonstration projects with a total budget of around €1.3 billion.

via www.metering.com | €1.8 billion invested in smart grids in Europe.

10. May 2013 · Comments Off on €1.8 billion invested in smart grids in Europe · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Up to September 2012, a total of 281 smart grid projects and around 90 smart metering pilots and rollouts have been identified across 30 countries in Europe, accounting for total investments respectively of €1.8 billion and at least €5 billion, according to the Joint Research Center’s latest review.

Of these smart grid projects around 150 are R&D projects with a total budget of around €500 million and around 130 are demonstration projects with a total budget of around €1.3 billion.

via www.metering.com | €1.8 billion invested in smart grids in Europe.

20. April 2013 · Comments Off on Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC), winner of The Best Nonprofit to Work For 2012 in the up to $500,000 operating budget category, is a Metro Atlanta based nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of sustainable energy through the adoption of a reliable, efficient, and secure smart grid and ensure long-lasting sustainable benefits to consumers. Nominator DeMika Thomas-Hill spoke with me about the organization and why she loves working there.

via Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative | Opportunity Knocks Blog.

19. April 2013 · Comments Off on Obama budget proposes major clean energy investments · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

President Obama reaffirmed his continuing support for clean energy in his 2014 fiscal year budget, proposing in some cases major boosts in smart grid-related spending. EVs, solar and wind power, biofuels and energy efficiency incentive programs are among the big beneficiaries in the proposed budget.

via Smart Grid: Obama budget proposes major clean energy investments.