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Partnership formed to help companies reduce energy consumption

Spinwave Systems, a manufacturer of wireless sensors and controls that enable energy efficiency programs, and AscentIQ, an enterprise planning software firm, have forged a partnership to develop products that will help corporations reduce their energy consumption. Spinwave’s expertise in wireless sensors and controls combined with AscentIQ’s software platform that already integrates financial, business management, and…

With information consumers use less energy

Once consumers know how much energy they are using, they tend to use less.  Utility companies make a strong argument that smart meters give consumers that valuable information. Power companies across America are installing the advanced meter in millions of homes and businesses to combat soaring energy costs and reduce carbon emissions.  Smart meters measure…

New England power grid ready for advanced metering

The power grid in New England is already organized in a manner that readies it for handling periods of peak demand. Utilities in Vermont believe the best solution for handling peak demand is to rely on industrial and commercial customers to conserve energy during those periods, rather than put more stress on the power transmission…

Market for smart meters is huge

Spiraling energy costs, compounded with an antiquated power grid, regulations, and security concerns have created a rapidly expanding market for smart meters as people and governments around the world look for ways to conserve energy. According to recent analysis from Deutsche Bank, approximately 50 million old metering devices in the United States will have to…

Smart meter installation in progress in Finland

Smarteq, a company based in Stockholm, is a leading developer of wireless transmission technology.  Recently, Smarteq made its first delivery of antennas to Helsinki Energy where they will become part of the infrastructure for 120,000 smart meters that are to be installed in the area. The first phase of the project is due for completion…

TXU Energy introduces demand response program

Clean energy innovator Comverge announced on June 19 that it has partnered with both TXU Energy and Digi International to introduce a demand response program in Texas.  The program will allow Texas energy consumers to manage their power consumption remotely over the Internet by using a special thermostat from Comverge.  Digi International is providing the…

Meter readers becoming debt collectors to keep jobs

Those who depend upon the meter reading vocation for a paycheck seem to have observed the writing on the wall: the market for meter readers is changing and not many may be needed in the not-so-distant future. Market legislation in some areas has forced the change while other meter readers have come to understand that…

Texas lawmakers seek to aid consumers

Summers in Texas are always hot.  It’s not unusual for the mercury to rise above 100 degrees for days at a time in the Lone Star State.  Coupled with electric rates at record highs, lawmakers are seeking ways to provide relief for ratepayers.  Members of the Texas House Regulated Industries Committee are looking into the…

Campaign for fuel price relief gains momentum

Politicians in the UK have expressed support for a campaign launched by news organization The People to lessen the burden of high fuel costs on the rate paying public.  The news group launched the campaign on June 15 by calling for action on “four crucial points that would b benefit all consumers” without additional cost…

Smart meter testing to begin in New York

Smart meter testing is slated to begin shortly on Long Island, New York, however residents are dismayed that the dumb ones will be around for quite some time still. The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), along with Representative Steve Israel of Huntington, are working together to introduce smart technology to homes and businesses throughout Long…