The Electric Vehicle Charging Association (EVCA), a coalition of electric vehicle charging organizations and companies, is coming down hard on Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) for a recently submitted proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). According to EVCA, the $654 million proposal to build 25,100 electric vehicle charging stations in PG&E territory asks for too broad a control over EV charging that will cost ratepayers, inhibit innovation, and limit customer choice. The CPUC has shut down the proposal.
Sony has announced it is joining Qualcomm’s AllSeen Alliance, a coalition of technology and consumer companies utilising the open-source AllJoyn home automation platform.
The firm announced the move at its IFA conference in Berlin this week, and joins a host of other companies that have signed up to the platform.
Power Over Energy, founded and managed by Silver Spring Networks, is an energy literacy social media campaign focused on educating, empowering, and motivating consumers to make smarter decisions about how we all use electricity.
Backed by a diverse coalition including the US Department of Energy; Edison Foundation’s Institute of Innovation, Electricity, Efficiency; Environmental Defence Fund; Clean Coalition; Global Green; GridWise Alliance; Silicon Valley Leadership Group; Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative and Sustainable Silicon Valley, the pilot phase was launched in early 2013 to test consumer interest in learning more about energy.
Smart Cities Council, an industry coalition to advance smart city development and innovation, announced today that they are opening a new regional chapter in India. The Council’s membership of leading businesses in areas such as smart energy, water and transportation demonstrates that collaboration can create real solutions for the growing urban challenges of today.
“The Smart Cities Council provides cities with the resources to assess their ability to innovate. Our Partners and Advisors across the globe will help set priorities and begin implementation for city development”
India is the first regional chapter of the Global Smart Cities Council. A forum held today in Bangalore – Cities of the Future: Smart and Sustainable – marked the launch of the collaboration.
When the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) made the decision to limit spillover at its dams and force wind energy providers to curtail generation during an oversupply event in spring 2011, it may have unwittingly opened a different type of floodgate. A petition filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) by a coalition of five wind power companies has led the BPA to have to rethink its generation curtailment policies and contemplate increasing overall transparency in order to facilitate post-event analysis and ensure that transmission services are provided to all entities in a comparable fashion.
By virtually all accounts, energy efficiency is a win-win situation: It reduces consumer and business electric bills at the same time that it eliminates the need to build capital-intensive new power plants that would drive up energy costs.
But an unusually diverse coalition of industry groups, including the operator of the nation’s largest regional power grid, say a new energy efficiency standard adopted by the federal government could kill one of the more effective programs designed to lower power bills at times of peak demand.
The Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF), an international collaborative effort among national and regional smart grid associations, today announced that Norwegian Smartgrid Centre has joined the Federation. The Norwegian Smartgrid Centre is a coalition of diverse companies representing the electric R&D communities, systems operators, and technology providers, leading efforts in research, teaching, business development and commercialization to make the Norwegian electric industry more competitive in the global community.
Four local government agencies and a coalition of clean energy advocates have drafted a plan for the San Francisco Bay Area to reach “zero net energy” in building electricity use by the year 2020 — meaning the nine-county area would use only as much electricity as could be produced from renewable sources.
The Smart Grid Consumer Coalition hopes to promote the benefits of modernizing the electricity grid to consumers. Unveiled at this week’s DistribuTech utility industry conference, the coalition’s founding members include IBM, General Electric, and Control4, a home energy management company.
The formation of the Smart Grid Consumer Coalition was prompted in part by the backlashes occurring against smart meter deployment by Pacific Gas & Electric in California and Oncor in Texas after consumers blamed higher bill on faulty meters. The other impetus was a realization that consumers do not fully appreciate the long-term potential benefit smart meters represent. Firstly, smart energy is a boon for the environment because improved energy efficiency means having to build fewer power plants.
The Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition (DRSG) announced that six companies have joined the trade association and will contribute to its efforts aimed at developing markets for smart grid technologies and smart grid practices like demand response. The new DRSG members are LG Electronics USA, Electrolux, Control4, HomeGrid Forum, Midas Medici Group Holdings, Inc and CABA.