Assessing Grid Transformation in the US

In this week's Industry Perspectives, Gary Rackliffe, Vice President of Smart Grids for ABB provides insights on state of grid transformation in the United States. Since 2003, the GridWise Alliance’s vital voice has represented the diverse stakeholders that design, build and operate the electric grid, and has been at the forefront of … [Read more...]

National Town Meeting to Focus on Integration of Distributed Energy Resources

The National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid, to be held May 26-28 in Washington, DC, is the premier event in the US focused on the business and policy aspects of demand response and its enabling technologies and applications. It is unique in that it devotes an entire day to roundtable discussions featuring experts in demand response … [Read more...]

The Role that Lighting Controls Play in Microgrids

By Andy Wakefield, Lutron Electronics The Challenge The smart grid, a reference to the modernization of the national electricity supply system, is an automated electric power system that monitors and controls grid activities, ensuring the two-way flow of electricity and information between power plants and consumers—and all points in … [Read more...]

We Want Access to Homeowners’ Data: Smart Grid Companies

In response to requests from smart grid companies and homeowners who want to save energy, the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association wants to make homeowner data available from utilities. Listen to the podcast with Betsy McCorkle, director of government affairs, to learn how the organization is working to make this happen. … [Read more...]

EPA: Don’t Forget Smart Grid, Demand Response in CO2 Regs

The Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid applauds the federal EPA for its draft plan for reducing carbon emissions, but wants to see the agency directly spell out the important role of smart grid and demand response in reducing emissions. The EPA didn't acknowledge the importance of these tools in its plan, says Dan Delurey, executive … [Read more...]

Utility Execs See Big Smart Grid Benefits, Need More Smart Grid Workers

A new report from Accenture yields some interesting surprises from utility executives about their view of smart grid technologies and deployments—and their smart grid needs. First of all, two-thirds of utility executives surveyed believe that the benefits of smart grid and smart meter deployments will exceed forecasts. “It’s not very often that … [Read more...]

Integrating Data & Engineering for Up to 20 Percent Savings: Siemens, Accenture

Accenture and Siemens have launched a joint venture, Omnetric Group, in the smart-grid field that will work with utilities to improve energy efficiency, grid operations and reliability. Jack Azagury, global managing director for Accenture Smart Grid Services, explains in this podcast that the effort will help utilities solve the problem of … [Read more...]

What We Heard You Say…This Week’s Best and Worst Quotes about Energy Efficiency

Interesting quotes about energy efficiency we picked up this week. Best Straight Talk   Why EE needs  business model innovation “The first thing to recognize is that energy efficiency on a retrofit basis has been a colossal failure since 1975. To suggest that energy efficiency, even though it pays for itself, has really caught on is simply not … [Read more...]

Are We Overhyping Smart Energy – Again?

Sometimes we’re spot-on when we predict the future. Other times we blow it horribly. Take smart homes, the forerunner of today’s smart grid. Back in the 1980s, prognosticators thought we'd have millions of smart homes by now and that they would achieve remarkable feats. For example, a United Press International article from 1986 said that a child … [Read more...]

Not So Dynamic Future for Utility Dynamic Pricing Rate Plans

Behavioral psychologists say that we are more apt to show concern about energy – and use it prudently – if we receive regular visual clues about its cost. Think about  how Americans latch on to news about oil markets.  This isn't surprising, given the proliferation of road-side signs that constantly remind us what  gasoline costs. With … [Read more...]