Smart Grid: No More Maps, Push Pins for SMUD

In a smart grid application, utility Sacramento Public Utility District (SMUD) has moved from using maps and push pins to visual analytics to help make decisions about outages, smart meters, and other issues. Steve Ehrlich, SVP, Marketing, of Space-Time Insight, which has supplied a smart grid system to SMUD, says that many utilities are still … [Read more...]

It’s Hot and Energy Costs Are Rising. You Can’t Change the Weather, So You….?

Heat waves and cold spells are a misery for the electric grid, and for anyone worried about energy costs. We can’t change the weather, but we can change how we respond. A little counter top device, keyed to the workings of the human brain, could show the way. The Energy Joule, a product by Ambient Devices, is one of many different tools now on … [Read more...]

Looking for Smart Grid Funding? Consider Ontario

Energy insiders have been talking up 'smart grid' for about a decade, but most regular people still don't recognize the term – unless they're from Ontario, that is. Smart grid awareness runs high in the Canadian province because almost every household and business there now has a smart meter – 4.7 million in total. And Ontario’s government isn’t … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency Finds its Cell Phone: Part II

By Elisa Wood April 4, 2013 If you're an energy efficiency geek and your refrigerator breaks down, you probably think, "Yes! A chance to buy a new super energy-saving model." But you're the exception. Most consumers consider price tag before ENERGY STAR certification. Human nature being what it is, they choose the cheaper model even if it costs … [Read more...]

Higher Prices and More EE To Spur EE? Part 2

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters continues her interview with Susan Mazur-Stommen, ACEEE’s Program Director for Behavior and Human Dimensions, about her new report, “Trusted Partners: Everyday Energy Efficiency Across the South.” Higher Prices and More EE To Spur EE? Part 2] Follow our podcast feed or find us on itunes. … [Read more...]

Energy and Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’

By Elisa Wood March 7, 2013 Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’ is the latest ‘Downton Abbey.’ Or for us older folks, it is the latest who-shot-JR Ewing – a television series that lots of people are talking about. A story of Congressional intrigue, the 13-part series has caught the attention of not only the viewing public, but also Washington … [Read more...]

Top Smart Grid Trends of 2013

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters Eric Murray, CEO of Tantalus, a provider of Smart Grid communications technology, talks about Smart Grid trends of 2013.   Top Smart Grid Trends of 2013] Follow our podcast feed or find us on itunes. … [Read more...]

The App for Unused iPhones That Helps Save Energy

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters interviews Gene Wang, CEO of People Power, about a new APP that targets 50 million unused iPhones, turning them into wireless web cameras and remote assistants.   The App for Unused iPhones That Helps Save Energy] Follow our podcast feed or find us on itunes. … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency prospects: What to watch

By Elisa Wood February 6, 2012 Events unfolding in two US Northeast states – New York and Massachusetts – signal increased business opportunity for energy efficiency companies, green architects, lighting contractors, smart grid innovators and others in the business of saving energy. First, the energy efficiency world should keep an eye on debate … [Read more...]

Energy efficiency: Who gets it? Anybody?

By Elisa Wood January 30, 2013 It’s easy for those of us who ‘talk’ energy every day to forget that we operate in a bubble. Outside the bubble the average household is at best vaguely aware of the enormous technology revolution about to change the way each of us uses electricity. Two recent studies provide some insight into how little of our … [Read more...]