What does your dream home look like? It is a log cabin in the mountains? A sleek design on an ocean cliffside? Whatever the overall look, if you’re hoping to integrate smart features that will control the entertainment, lighting and heating systems in your home, maximise energy efficiency or simply have that futuristic edge, here’s some inspiration from around the globe.
This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a decision of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that had vacated FERC Order 745. Well, that summary sounds pretty boring, doesn’t it?Except, if you live in the world of electricity, smart grids, batteries EVs, and energy efficiency, it’s not. In fact, it is pretty exciting. Because, at its heart, the ruling (Justices Thomas and Scalia dissenting, Alito abstaining) firmly establishes an economic equivalency between actions that take place on the customer side of the meter with those that take place in wholesale electric markets. Which means that suppliers of demand response, energy efficiency and different types of electric storage can feel much more confident in their economic future.
The term ‘non-transmission alternative’ may sound wonky to some. But to companies that work with microgrids, distributed energy, energy efficiency and the like, it sounds like opportunity.The term refers to installing smaller, local energy technology instead of new transmission infrastracture to alleviate congestion.Several states see non-transmission alternatives as a way to avoid a hefty bill for new high-voltage lines, as high as $50 billion per year over the next two decades by some estimates. In addition, installing microgrids or solar panels in lieu of overhead wire averts battles with communities over marring scenic views.
With billions of devices and sensors already connected, and that number increasing daily, it’s safe to say that the Internet of Things is disrupting life as we know it. Think about it – our every step is tracked via wearable fitness trackers. A smart thermostat can automatically adjust heating and cooling to optimize energy efficiency. Traffic patterns influence the way a smart traffic signal operates throughout the day. And, much like in our daily lives as consumers, the Internet of Things offers new oppor
For many people, the idea of having a fridge that detects when you have run out of milk, or a light that automatically illuminates when you enter a room, feels very far removed from everyday life.But Nest – the US-based home appliance maker acquired by Google last year for $3.2bn – believes the smart home is around the corner and is poised to transform how millions of households receive, manage and pay for their energy.
Most homeowners probably think they have three choices when it comes to electricity. Buy it from a power provider, generate it themselves, or avert its use altogether through energy efficiency.But the Rocky Mountain Institute has put forward a fourth choice. The flexiwatt.
Many devices that fall under the IEEE 802.11ah standard are anticipated to be battery powered. The addition of power saving algorithms to the standard is designed to allow associated devices to run for weeks or even years without a battery replacement. The standard specifies two modes of power saving: traffic information map (TIM) and non-TIM. TIM stations are always on and ready to receive data. TIM stations continually monitor the wireless medium. Non-TIM stations will enter an offline “doze” state and will be unable to receive data; data is buffered at the access point (AP) and transmitted to the device when it becomes active and requests download.
The European smart thermostats market is set to increase to $2.5 billion (£1.6bn) in less than five years.That’s according to a new report which states the boom will be driven by 2020 climate change targets and mandatory energy efficiency certification for buildings.It adds the enforcement of minimum standards for high energy consuming products, such as boilers, heating and air conditioning systems will also affect the rise.
As more devices connect to the Internet of Things (IoT), Internet service providers, equipment suppliers and retail equipment manufacturers, along with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), are hailing a new voluntary agreement to improve the energy efficiency of Internet modems, routers and other equipment that delivers broadband to millions of Americans. Covering nearly 80 million homes or more than 90 percent of U.S. broadband households, the agreement sets rigorous requirements that will improve the energy efficiency of small network equipment (SNE) by 10 to 20 percent compared to typical, recently-deployed devices.
Comverge, Inc., the leading provider of demand management solutions for electric utilities, announced today that its enterprise software platform, IntelliSOURCE, received a 2015 Smart Grid Product of the Year Award from SmartGrid.TMCnet.com, a TMC and Crossfire Media sponsored technology media website. IntelliSOURCE provides utilities a single operational view into all of their demand response and energy efficiency programs and automates every aspect of sophisticated, mass-market demand management programs. The IntelliSOURCE platform includes a demand response management system (DRMS), energy efficiency and customer engagement tools and mobile applications, customer care and work management features as well as capabilities to enable demand response optimization and bring your own device programs.