Across Asia, companies and governments are adopting more renewable energy as concerns over climate change and carbon emissions move up the development agenda. The Asian Development Bank estimates that the share of renewables in electricity generation in the region will increase from 1.9 per cent in 2010 to 7.1 per cent in 2035.As these new sources such as wind, solar and hydropower become part of the electrical grid, they also introduce instability as energy is produced only under certain weather conditions. Utility operators must therefore find a way to keep the grid stable, says Sven Wagner, Director, ConnectedEnergy at Bosch Software Innovations in a recent interview.
You might not be aware, but there’s an energy revolution taking place right under our noses. Homeowners are becoming power producers, we’re fueling more vehicles with electricity at the home, and control of temperature and lighting and appliances has become more dynamic and controllable to save energy, just to name a few examples.
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ) has quietly become one of the central players in this energy revolution and could play a key roll in controlling energy use in the future.
Alan Woodham is enjoying an enviable retirement.
Aged 60 he and his wife like to travel as much as possible. In the mean time their home is left empty – which in the winter could mean burst pipes, and an insurance nightmare to return home to.
The widely shared objectives of energy security, reduced emissions and continued economic growth are dependent on the development of a smart grid capable of delivering energy efficiency and demand response, as well as integrating renewable and variable sources of energy, according to a new report from Oracle.
Every household in Britain could reduce its energy use, cut carbon emissions and save money as a result of smart meters, says Britain’s largest energy supplier.
The company today welcomed the planned roll-out of the technology, which will herald the biggest revolution in energy use since British Gas converted all the nation’s homes to natural gas in the 1970s.
Replacing the UK’s 47 million gas and electricity meters with new smart meters will lead to households using less energy, helped by real time cost information on screen in the home – and saving more money by using appliances at cheaper off-peak times. Smart meters will also bring a transformation in customer service with an end to estimated bills and waiting in for meter readings.
British Gas has the largest smart meter trial in the country with almost 50,000 homes and businesses benefiting from the new technology.
Phil Bentley, Managing Director, said: “Smart Meters will lead to the single greatest revolution in energy use since British Gas converted all the nation’s homes to natural gas in the 1970s.
“At British Gas, we have the largest smart meter trial in the country, and we know this technology has helped put our customers back in control of their energy usage, helping them use less energy, cut carbon emissions and save money.
“Smart meters will also ensure our homes are as energy efficient as possible, and they will open the gateway to new technologies for renewable electricity generation in the home – and the ’smart grid’ of the future.
“That’s why we’re delighted the Government is now moving forward with its plans for the roll-out of this technology throughout Britain.”
British Gas particularly welcomes today’s announcement by Government that its preferred market model is the central communications model, which it believes will lead to a speedier roll-out of smart meter technology in Britain.
Phil Bentley said: “We believe the central communications model is best for customers, as it will speed up the roll-out of the technology by almost four years, allowing households to benefit sooner and encouraging innovation and energy efficiency in our homes.”
British Gas will be studying in greater detail the draft proposals for the smart meter roll-out, which are set out in a consultation issued by Government today, and will respond in due course.