The Internet of Things (IoT) was predicted to rule this year’s NRF Retail BIG Show, but fell short. Or did it? While on the surface it might not have been the buzz, but I wonder if it was the silent winner. As I wandered the expo hall floor I saw plenty of examples of IoT in action, just not necessary labeled as such. And these scenarios all had one key thing in common. They were focused on the practical. Practical use cases for IoT are certainly the priority I’m seeing and is at the core of the number on
Driven by market forces and evolving customer demands, Hawaii has, in a relatively short time, integrated a significant amount of distributed renewables. To better understand the renewable transformation currently underway in Hawaii, the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and energy consulting firm ScottMadden Inc. led a group of international energy industry executives to explore the state’s renewable energy market through face-to-face meetings with thought leaders and decision makers — including the Hawaiian electric utility, transmission and renewable energy industries; government, trade, and industry associations; and market experts — who are adapting to the state’s dynamic and challenging environment.
As smart technology is implemented, utilities will have more control over energy use when they’re close to hitting peak demand. ComEd has been using their vast smart grid network to help reduce usage during high temperatures.
On a hot summer day last week — July 31 — ComEd announced they would be calling an “Energy Savings Day” — to help reduce use during a time when an increased demand for electricity throughout the Midwest region is anticipated.