The Benefits of Meter Data Management Part 2

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters continues her interview with Norm Daigle, executive vice president at Harris Utilities SmartWorks, about the benefits of meter data management and customer engagement programs. The company has gained 53 new utility customers in the past three years, 20 of which were added in the past year.   The Benefits of … [Read more...]

‘Energy democracy’ becomes more real

By Elisa Wood October 24, 2012 Will new technologies democratize energy much the way the Internet did information? Industry movement seems to point in that direction with the rise of the smart grid, time-of-day pricing, distributed solar, and the electric vehicle. Together these technologies offer a vision of a less centralized energy system, one … [Read more...]

Energy Points launches energy consumptions analytics

Lisa Cohn of interviews Ory Zik, president of Energy Points, about its new application, based on feedback from its pilots with Fortune 500s and Harvard (among others). Energy Points helps businesses with energy management and planning by analyzing fuel and water usage.   Energy Points launches energy consumptions … [Read more...]

Smart grid systems cut costs with flexibility

Lisa Cohn of interviews Ron Dizy, president of Embala Power Networks, about its $1.8 million award from the Ontario Ministry of Energy to use large energy users' electricity to provide flexibility in the grid and eventually integrate green resources.   Smart grid systems cut costs with flexibility  ] … [Read more...]

Changing the energy game with the ‘power of one’

By Elisa Wood May 23, 2012 Who among us has not eagerly described the smart meter to a non-energy person only to be greeted by a blank stare, or worse the retort: “Why would I want to track my electricity costs all day?” You try to explain the profound applications: smart appliances that talk to the power grid, consumer clubs that sell energy … [Read more...]

Pink on Green: How to ignite the second electrical revolution

By Elisa Wood April 4, 2012 The electric industry is good at building things. That’s how it solves problems. Is there a threat of blackouts? Develop  a new natural gas-fired plant. Worried about climate change? Build wind and solar power. Does electricity cost too much? Install a transmission line to import cheaper power. But build-to-solve … [Read more...]

Will cyber-sensitives reveal the future of energy efficiency?

By Elisa Wood February 29, 2012 The US economy is three times larger than China’s, yet when it comes to developing a clean energy industry, China keeps besting us. The US came in second – again – to China this quarter in Ernst & Young’s much-watched renewable energy ranking released February 28. But there is one clean energy segment where … [Read more...]

Changing the Language of Smart Grid

Lisa Cohn of interviews Farah Saeed, an energy and power systems principal for the consulting firm Frost and Sullivan, about the need by utilities to rename "Smart Grid." She describes how some utilities are using AMI for new purposes. Changing the Language of Smart Grid]   … [Read more...]

Why Google and Microsoft Pulled out of EE Part 2

Lisa Cohn of continues her interview with Gene Wang, CEO of People Power, which provides cloud-based energy management software and hardware to electronic device manufacturers and service providers. He offers opinions about why Google and Microsoft have pulled out of the energy management business and talks about his company's … [Read more...]

Energy Intelligence Platforms and Smart Grid Part 1

Lisa Cohn of interviews Michael Leppitsch, CEO and founder of Gridata, about the company’s recently unveiled energy intelligence platform, which allows appliance and consumer electronics manufacturers to add energy management capabilities to their products. He discusses how this type of technology will affect the grid and … [Read more...]