04. May 2016 · Comments Off on Minimizing Electric Bills with Smart Homes, Solar, and Storage · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

In a previous article, I discussed ways in which the smart grid and smart home technology could impact a customer’s electric service and utility bill. At the end of that article I promised to “do the math” and provide a few examples, so here it is. I examine several possible scenarios, including different rate plans, load shifting via smart appliances, and the addition of solar panels and on-site energy storage. Yeah, my spreadsheet has been busy this week!

Source: Minimizing Electric Bills with Smart Homes, Solar, and Storage > ENGINEERING.com

09. December 2015 · Comments Off on How smart meters are changing energy efficiency in California · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Two years ago, the U.S. reached a quiet tipping point in the modernization of its power grid: The number of electric meters with two-way communications surpassed the number of older models on the grid.It’s not the sexiest statistic, but the long-term implications for efficiency and demand management are enormous. New advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) that can measure customer load with increased granularity has created opportunities for variable rate structures, effective demand response and increased customer control over their energy use. And now, with the ability to compare real-time usage to historical baselines, the industry can begin to more accurately value “efficiency as energy.”

Source: How smart meters are changing energy efficiency in California | Utility Dive

07. August 2015 · Comments Off on SunEdison’s Energy Storage Endeavor Is Showing Promise · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Energy storage has become an increasing focal point for solar companies, which is not surprising given solar’s intermittency issues. While solar PV costs have declined tremendously over the past few decades, this energy technology cannot offer base load supply. Without a cost-effective energy storage device, solar PV will forever be dependent upon other energy sources like natural gas to provide for base load energy. The panacea to this issue has always been energy storage, which is great news as energy storage innovations are starting to gain significant momentum.

Source: SunEdison’s Energy Storage Endeavor Is Showing Promise – SunEdison (NYSE:SUNE) | Seeking Alpha

26. July 2015 · Comments Off on Smart Grid Consortium offers utility photovoltaic forecasting models · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The Smart Grid Research Consortium (SGRC) today announced new SGRC Utility Solar Photovoltaic Forecasting Models and Forecasting Service. The SGRC Solar Models and Service provide the first commercially available annual forecasts of residential solar PV system installations, energy and hourly load impacts, costs and benefits over a 10-year forecast horizon.Forecasts are provided for distribution feeders, substations, ZIP areas, and the entire utility service areas. Low, medium and high forecasts are provided to reflect the range of likely PV installation and load impacts.

Source: Smart Grid Consortium offers utility photovoltaic forecasting models – Pennenergy

16. July 2015 · Comments Off on New sound monitoring by IoT can predict mechanical failure · Categories: News · Tags: , ,

Here’s a scenario for you: It’s been a while since you’ve done your laundry; the stuff is piling up and threatening to take over. So, reluctantly, you decide to take the bull by the horns—you load the machine.

However, despite knowing that you shouldn’t, you stuff the thing as full as you can get it. Just an extra towel won’t be a problem, right?

Source: New sound monitoring by IoT can predict mechanical failure