We worry a lot about the problem of climate change. And we try to fix it — again, again and again — by changing how the country uses energy.
What we don’t stop and ponder enough, though, is that the country is changing how it uses energy. It’s certainly not enough to silence all environmental concerns. But nonetheless, the progress, when you sample it, is really impressive.
via Report: Wind and solar energy have tripled since 2008 – The Washington Post.
For all the importance of the home router, it never seems to get that much attention from product developers or the press. But at CES 2015, we should see some progress in the lowly router, with Soap, Securifi and Amped Wireless, touting touchscreen-enhanced products and some home automation features.
via Scandal, Delay, Fresh Faces: 3 Smart Routers + Home Automation at CES 2015 – Article from CE Pro.
Both China and the U.S. are building new products and networks that allow formerly unconnected products to communicate with each other and with us. This “Internet of Things”, or IoT, is one of the fastest-growing technology segments, with Cisco Systems estimating its global value will hit $19 trillion by 2020.
In China, telecoms are leading the IoT industry — with China Mobile and China Unicom making the most progress in the country. China benefits from a government that is making Internet of Things connections a priority, but that’s not stopping U.S. companies from benefiting in the country as well.
via China vs. the U.S.: Which Has the Bigger Internet of Things Opportunity? – NASDAQ.com.
The Energy Department takes the security and reliability of our power grid very seriously. We work closely with our federal, state and industry partners around the clock to protect the nation’s energy infrastructure from all hazards, including cyber incidents. As this year’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and Energy Action Month draw to a close, I’d like to highlight several milestones from the past few months that speak to continued progress and our commitment to strengthen the cybersecurity of our energy infrastructure.
via Protecting the Grid from All Hazards « Breaking Energy – Energy industry news, analysis, and commentary.
The GridWise® Alliance and the Smart Grid Policy Center, today announced the release of the 2014 Grid Modernization Index (GMI). The GMI evaluates and ranks states based on their progress in modernizing their electric systems with smart grid technologies. The announcement was made at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California.
via GridWise Alliance and Smart Grid Policy Center Release 2014 Grid Modernization Index | SYS-CON MEDIA.
We thought it would be a good time to check into the latest offerings from smart grid companies. It’s combination of new technologies, enhancements and work in progress.
via Smart Grid: Smart grid tech: breakthroughs, tweaks and building a better battery.
Next generation utility meters better known as “smart meters”, used to measure remotely and in real time gas, water, and – above all – electricity consumption, are now being deployed by several companies in many States across the U.S. While growth has leveled, after legislative incentives drove an initial boom between 2009 and 2012, installations are expected to make steady progress over the next 10 years.
via Smart Meters: Between Economic Benefits And Privacy Concerns.
This report presents the latest analyses and insights from the most comprehensive database of smart grid projects across the European Union (EU) Member States. This rolling review, carried out on a periodical basis by the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) in tight cooperation with the European Commission Directorate-General for Energy (ENER), builds upon the previous two smart grid project inventorying exercises published since 2011a.
The 2014 edition of the inventory features also some highlights from the forthcoming “Benchmarking smart metering deployment in the EU-27 with a focus on electricity” and accompanying Staff Working Documents, prepared by DG JRC and DG ENER. The 3 documents provide an overview of progress of smart metering roll-out in the EU along with detailed Country-specific information on investments and costs assumptions adopted in national CBAs.
via Smart Grid Projects Outlook 2014 | JRC Smart Electricity Systems and Interoperability.
ComEd has announced that work related to its sweeping smart grid initiative supported 2,871 full-time equivalent positions in 2013. The positions included nearly 1,000 direct full-time equivalent jobs at the utility and its contractors as well as more than 1,800 indirect positions created by the program. The data was submitted in the company’s 2013 grid modernization progress report to the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC).
via Smart Grid Program Supports More than 2,800 Jobs in 2013 | Grid Opt Smart Grid content from TDWorld.
After years of slow progress, the market for global concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) – which uses lenses or mirrors to focus sunlight onto solar cells — will undergo a major growth, with its cumulative installed capacity jumping from 357.9 MW in 2014 to 1,043.96 MW by 2020, GlobalData forecasts.
via CPV installs to increase 750 percent – FierceEnergy.