A decade ago, energy-smart home enthusiasts thought we’d all be obsessively tracking energy markets from specialized terminals placed in every room around our homes.They were right about one thing: We all now have little screens that help us track everything around us. But energy is still at the bottom of the priority list for homeowners.Home energy management is facing a bit of an identity crisis.
Southeast Asia (SEA) is estimated to be the fastest growing smart grid market in APAC region, says a new report from Frost & Sullivan.South Korea and Japan will continue to be the hot spots for smart grid project deployment in North Asia during the forecast period, the report synopsis said.Investments in smart grid test-bed in Thailand, home energy management systems (HEMS) installations in Singapore, and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) rollouts in the Philippines are expected to drive the market.
SolarCity announced a partnership with Nest last week to bring Nest Thermostats to the next 10,000 customers who have solar panels installed through SolarCity. But what does the partnership mean for the industry, and how do utilities factor in?
Neil Strother, Principal Research Analyst – Energy for Navigant, told Smart Grid News that “it’s not a big surprise but is an interesting move for both companies,” and explained that, from a home energy management perspective, it’s something that the industry has anticipated.
Tech companies, energy retailers, service providers, utilities and investors make up just a fraction of the diverse set of industries clamoring to enter the home energy market, according to new research from GTM Research.
A growing list of blue-chip vendors, including Apple, ADT, Google (after it acquired Nest), Samsung, Verizon, and Wal-Mart, are entering the arena — already crowded with solar, security, telecom and energy providers — by partnering with incumbent hardware and software providers to develop home internet-of-things ecosystems to usher in a new phase of home energy management solutions.
ComEd said it will be the first utility to offer Bidgely’s newest home energy management technology to customers, providing them with personalized energy reports detailing how and when they use energy in their home. Bidgely’s HomeBeat Energy Monitor allows the utility to offer real-time energy insights like high-usage alerts via mobile push notifications within minutes of use.
There is a good reason Warren Buffett’s name seems to be turning up everywhere in the energy sector. When he bought Nevada utility NV Energy last year, he said there would be further energy acquisitions. Already heavily involved in solar and wind power, his Northern Grid Power Holdings Co. is wrapping up a home energy management pilot project with Siemens in the UK.
The pilot, referred to as the Customer-Led Network Revolution, is based on automation technology capable of managing when consumer appliances are used.
With 12,000 UK households participating, the pilot project allows residents to choose to turn on their appliances at the best times, or let Buffett’s technology make those choices.
Parks Associates announced new research today showing 7% of U.S. broadband households own some kind of home energy management product but 70% are interested in emerging energy-related products or services. The research firm will host the sixth-annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer on February 16-18, 2015, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas, to explore research and business strategies to capture this untapped consumer demand.
We’re seeing a lot of activity in the smart-home field these days. Players like Google and Apple are vying with broadband providers, security firms, home improvement stores, and of course, the home energy management crowd, to find the right combination of technology and service to get people to open their wallets for home connectivity.
CEIVA Energy is integrating its home energy management system (HEMS) with Carrier’s smart ComfortChoice to enable utility companies to communicate energy-efficiency and demand-response programs to residential customers. National Grid is the first utility to roll out the integrated solution to its residential customers.
The collaboration enables utilities to share real-time demand information and adjust thermostat settings based on outside temperatures to help residential customers reduce energy consumption. Consumers are able to monitor and control their home energy usage through mobile devices and web platforms.
Google, long a backer of renewable energy projects, data-center efficiency and home energy management technology, is now diving into the power grid itself. According to Bloomberg, which cited unnamed sources, the search engine giant is building software and hardware tools to help utilities better manage the flow of power to and from homes and businesses at the edge of the grid.
Tuesday’s report named Arun Majumdar, former head of the Department of Energy’s ARPA-E blue-sky research program, as the head of these new efforts within Google’s Energy Access team. In recent months, that team has posted online job listings under the “Bottom Up Grid” rubric, seeking power electronics engineers to help develop and deploy “advanced electrical power conversion and conditioning solutions that aim to fundamentally change the world of power.”