14. July 2016 · Comments Off on These Are The 10 Smartest, Most Futuristic Homes Around The World · Categories: News · Tags: ,

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.

Source: These Are The 10 Smartest, Most Futuristic Homes Around The World | Gizmodo Australia

28. January 2016 · Comments Off on Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Demand Response: A Boon To Smart Grid · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

Source: Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Demand Response: A Boon To Smart Grid – Forbes

19. December 2015 · Comments Off on ‘Non-Transmission Alternatives’ Offer Opportunity for Microgrids and Local Energy · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

Source: ‘Non-Transmission Alternatives’ Offer Opportunity for Microgrids and Local Energy – Microgrid Knowledge

14. December 2015 · Comments Off on The Internet of Things is Here – is Your Field Service Organization Ready? · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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

Source: The Internet of Things is Here – is Your Field Service Organization Ready? (Oracle Customer Experience Blog)

14. October 2015 · Comments Off on Nest ramps up energy efficiency agenda · Categories: News · Tags: ,

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.

Source: Nest ramps up energy efficiency agenda – 09 Oct 2015 – Interview from BusinessGreen