The number of North American and European homes with a smart thermostat grew by 81 percent to 5.8 million in 2015, according to a new research report from Berg Insight. The North American market recorded a 78 percent growth in the installed base of smart thermostats to 4.5 million. In Europe, the total number of homes with a smart thermostat grew by 90 percent year-on-year to reach 1.4 million.
New research from Berg Insight of Gothenburg, in Sweden, shows that the number of homes in North American and Europe now equipped with smart thermostats is rising rapidly. Overall the sector grew by 81 per cent over the course of 2015 with uptake in North America increasing by 78 per cent and in Europe by 90 per cent year-on-year.They are impressive figures but it has to be a said that they begin from a very, very low user base. The reality is that at the moment North America has a mere 4.5 million smart thermostats deployed while Europe has just 1.4 million. All in all some 5.8 million smart thermostats are in use and that’s a miniscule number given the size of the two huge markets.Nonetheless, the smart home market is on the move and Berg Insight’s forecast is that that the number of homes in Europe and North America with smart thermostats will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 54.5 per cent over the next five years to reach an installed base of 51.1 million by 2020.Unsurprisingly Berg expects North America to remain the biggest market and has calculated that 32.2 million homes there will have smart thermostats by 2020 while Europe will have 18.9 million of them.
Silver Spring Networks recently announced Starfish, an international wireless IPv6 network service for the Internet of Things. Building on the company’s footprint of 22 million connected devices for IoT networks on five continents, Starfish is designed to enable commercial enterprises, cities, utilities, and developers to access a reliable, secure, and scalable IoT network service with service level agreements (SLAs) that meet their needs. Starfish will first be available in the North American cities of Chicago, San Antonio, and San Jose; the European cities of Bristol, Copenhagen, and Glasgow; and in Calcutta, India. Silver Spring intends to expand Starfish’s IoT service coverage across North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand throughout 2016 and beyond.
In a statement issued today, SemaConnect, the leading provider of electric vehicle amenities to the North American property market, congratulated California utilities Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric for their intent to expedite the deployment of charging station infrastructure within their service areas. At the same time, the charging station leader urged the state’s regulatory agency to support this much-needed boost to electric vehicle deployment.
The finalists for the 2015 Intersolar Award for solar projects in North America have been revealed. Now in its eighth year, the award “promotes the industry’s power to innovate. The Intersolar Award for solar in North American recognizes landmark projects that exemplify a high degree of technological innovation, uniqueness, economic feasibility and benefit to the environment and society. Selected by an independent committee of industry experts and trade press, the finalists represent a wide array of outstanding installations or products used in a project.
A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the North American market for light duty plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), including detailed geographic forecasts of PEV sales by U.S. state, metropolitan statistical area (MSA), Canadian province, Canadian city, and selected U.S. utility service area.“Automaker adoption of PEV technologies as adaptations for existing model lines is growing significantly, and these technologies are being placed into larger vehicle segments such as sport utility vehicles (SUVs), trucks, and minivans”With more than 133,000 PEVs sold in 2014, North America is currently the world’s strongest market for these vehicles. While regional sales are concentrated in California, where both state incentives and a mandatory Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) Program drive PEV penetration, the market is expected to continue to grow in other states and Canada. Click to tweet: According to a new report from Navigant Research, North American PEV sales are expected to exceed 1.1 million annually by 2024.
Icontrol Networks, whose home-automation platform is used by North American cable-TV providers, will begin early this year to certify many Lowe’s Iris smart-home devices for interoperability with Icontrol-powered home-automation systems.
Lowe’s will also help consumers determine product capability by featuring the OpenHome brand mark online and in stores. An in-aisle electronic display will also help customers sort products by OpenHome device compatibility and the service providers they work with. Consumers can also use the co-branded OpenHome website to research compatible products.
As utilities take steps to modernize the grid, choosing smart meters that ensure accurate, reliable, safe and secure collection of data while also protecting reputations, technology investments and the environment will be key.
Not all smart meters are created equal, and because metering products, marketplace requirements and best practices vary widely around the world, making the best metering choices can be difficult. This article focuses on North American utilities (the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean) and aims to help them answer one all-important question: “Which meter is best for me?”
Scan the smart grid wins roundup below for news about new transmission projects for ABB and Alstom Grid, an impressive new solar farm at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, grants for Washington energy storage projects and and an award for Sensus.
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ABB has won an order worth approximately $400 million from NSP Maritime Link Inc., a subsidiary of Emera Inc., to supply a high-voltage direct current power transmission solution creating the first electricity link between the island of Newfoundland and the North American power grid. The order was booked in the second quarter of 2014. Read more >>
After a harsh winter, it’s time to get out and hit the open road. So what’s with $4-a-gallon gasoline? North American oil production is on the rise, so you might have expected a break at the pump by now. Yet gas prices remain stubbornly high.
What happened to the homegrown energy boom? Wasn’t North Dakota supposed to be America’s Saudi Arabia? How come gas isn’t back to $2 a gallon?