While there is a lot of talk about smart homes, few of those high-tech features are actually being incorporated into today’s homes. We are not yet living in the land of “The Jetsons.”But homeowners are moving toward some smart home products, including thermostats they can control with smartphones, automated lighting solutions, keyless entry and security and entertainment options.”Smart home technology is important for some homeowners,” says Nino Sitchinava, principal economist for Houzz, a home design website, which has done several surveys on the use of smart home features. “It’s not something that all homeowners are unambiguously into.”
In the midst of the rapidly accelerating market for storage technologies, the Energy Storage Association (ESA) today released a comprehensive report that surveys the software models and planning tools that are used by utilities and vendors to assess the impact and value of stored energy on the grid.
The report, “Survey of Modeling Capabilities and Needs for the Stationary Energy Storage Industry,” was developed by Navigant (NYSE:NCI), a global leader in energy industry research. The survey of more than 60 different software models – including transmission and distribution planning, energy production cost simulators, real-time grid operations, and vendor developed modeling tools – looks at their ability to properly value, integrate and operate energy storage systems as integrated assets on the grid.
Cape Wind, set to be the nation’s first offshore wind project, has moved on to completing geophysical surveys of the project site and offshore cable routes. Survey vessels with a suite of geophysical instruments are surveying the seafloor and subsea geology on Horseshoe Shoal and along the offshore cable route.
Each year, Fortune magazine surveys top executives, directors, and financial analysts about the companies in their industry, and selects their “Most Admired Companies.” The choices are based on nine criteria: financial soundness, people management, quality of management, long-term investment, quality of products and/or services, innovation, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, and global competitiveness.
Federal regulators are paying attention to the work electric cooperatives are doing in advancing smart grid technologies among their members.
A report issued late last month by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission noted that co-ops remained national leaders in implementing advanced metering in 2012.
“As in previous surveys, electric cooperatives have the largest penetration, nearly 31 percent, among categories of organizations,” the commission said in its Assessment of Demand Response & Advanced Metering.
Surveys show: the opportunity is ripe in 2013 for consumer outreach and education about the value and benefits a smart grid can bring. Throughout 2012, the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative conducted a series of statistically valid surveys and in-depth interviews with consumers about their thoughts, feelings, values, attitudes and opinions of smart grid and its potential benefits.
Two new surveys gauge smart grid executives’ outlook on automated metering infrastructure (AMI), specifically smart meters and their integration with distribution automation (DA). The surveys, sponsored by Elster and conducted by Zpryme, polled middle- to upper-management executives from various players in the smart grid industry, including technology vendors, manufacturers, utilities and consultants, among others.
A vast majority of Americans are still unaware of smart meters and the smart grid, according to two recent surveys. The surveys also suggest utilities may need to further engage and educate consumers about the potential benefits of grid modernization.
The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) recently polled 1,089 electricity customers nationwide, and the survey found that 54% of respondents had never heard of the terms “smart meter” or “smart grid,” and another 20% to 23% had heard of the terms but did not know what they mean – indicating that over 70% of consumers are unaware of smart meters and the smart grid.
Over the last five years, the smart grid has triggered debate, ranging from whether it should have been part of the stimulus package to concern over health and privacy risks to rising gas, electricity and water rates to the public’s lack of trust in utility companies. Surveys from the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative revealed that less than 25% of the people in the U.S. have heard of the smart grid and even fewer truly understand what it is and more importantly what it means to them.
Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC), a nonprofit specializing in research and education on smart grid consumer engagement, announced that the second wave of findings from its Smart Grid Consumer Pulse research study will be released at the SGCC Consumer Symposium to be held January 23, 2012 at DistribuTECH in San Antonio. The findings, developed through telephone surveys of energy end-users nationwide, bring up to date industry knowledge of consumer opinion about smart grid and smart meters, with all research completed in November and December of 2011. Attendees of the symposium will be the first members of the smart grid community to learn the results.