ecobee Inc., maker of the first Wi-Fi-smart thermostat, is teaming up with SunPower, one of the world’s most innovative and sustainable energy companies, to help homeowners in California and New York take greater control of their electricity costs. Participating consumers can receive clean, solar electricity from SunPower at prices competitive with traditional sources, while ensuring that energy is efficiently used in the home with ecobee’s smart thermostat. As part of the pilot program, SunPower is offering ecobee owners a $500 mail-in rebate with the installation of a high efficiency SunPower solar energy system.
WestRock and T+ink will be introducing smart shelves and smart pegs to the retail industry during the US National Retail Federation’s ‘BIG Show’ this week in New York.Using Intel’s Quark processors for IoT, the smart fixtures are equipped with printed electronic sensors that can report on stock levels in real-time and help measure sales velocity, identify low and out-of-stock items, and reduce theft.
General Electric Co.’s Global Research division located near Schenectady, New York, has received a $3.9 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to develop electrical grid improvements.The grant comes from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy agency as part of its new Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems program.
Regulators in New York recently released guidance for the state’s electric utilities’ distributed system implementation plans, which are due next June.One of the items that utilities will have to address is the need for advanced metering infrastructure to meet the goals of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision. REV calls for the elimination of electric peaks, greater distributed generation, and more consumer participation in energy markets, and requires utilities to enable those transactions.
The seventh annual Climate Week NYC has kicked off, and it’s invigorating to reflect on the progress to date since last September when over 400,000 activists demanded bold climate action at the People’s Climate March. During the last year, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has continued to observe and nourish the growing appetite among America’s business community to move together on carbon reduction. This movement should not be understated, especially as New York regulators continue to move forward with the “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV) proceeding.
Consolidated Edison uses portable diesel generation when it needs dispatachable power on site, but the utility and New York as a whole are looking for cleaner and more efficient ways to supply power. The pilot project with Canadian-based manufacturer Electrovaya is supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s smart grid program as part of the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding.
At his home in New York, hotelier and real-estate developer Ian Schrager has a “smart-home” system that allows him to remotely control the lighting, window shades, entertainment and even the temperature of the swimming pool. It drives him nuts.The system breaks so often—about five times a year, he estimates—that he has installed a second system, with a hard-wired electrical switch to override it.
In 2006, AT&T made a big bet. It agreed to give up control over a smartphone’s software and retail experience in exchange for being the exclusive U.S. carrier of the iPhone. That paid off handsomely for AT&T and the man who built that deal, Glenn Lurie, who is now the CEO of AT&T Mobility.It sounds like wearables and the Internet of Things are the carrier’s next big bet. AT&T devoted its annual New York product showcase to wearables and Internet-connected things yesterday, because that’s where it sees growth. The company has talked extensively about the smartphone being the hub of the connected home and has introduced new home security and elder care products, but hasn’t previously explained how more wearables mean more business for AT&T. Most of those gadgets are currently Bluetooth- or Wi-Fi-based and don’t give AT&T any wireless subscription revenue.
Move over, shale. The sun is now the fastest-growing source of U.S. electricity.Solar power capacity in the U.S. has jumped 20-fold since 2008 as companies including Apple Inc. use it to reduce their carbon footprints. Rooftop panels are sprouting on homes from suburban New York to Phoenix, driven by suppliers such as SolarCity Corp. and NRG Energy Inc.
Governor Cuomo has been on a roll with his Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) in the state of New York, and he has announced his latest venture — a community solar program, which so far has recruited 26 campaigns to build Cuomo’s community solar effort.
“Solar power is helping to save money and conserve energy across the state — and one of the best ways for local communities to install solar infrastructure is to come together and take advantage of even more cost-effective rates,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “I encourage anyone considering solar for their home or business to learn more about our resources and join the campaign today.”