United States Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced that 31 tribal energy projects will receive $6.3 million over two years as part of the Department of Energy (DOE) policy of supporting tribal energy development. These projects, which will be selected competitively, enable Native American tribes to promote clean energy within their communities by developing strategic energy plans, educating tribal members, and improving the energy efficiency of their buildings.
Clean Urban Energy (CUE) has secured $7 million in Series A financing, which will be applied to rapid product development and a multi-city expansion within the United States to New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Houston. The investment was co-led by Battery Ventures and Rho Ventures.
Llangattock Green Valleys has been named British Gas’ greenest community after winning the utility’s Green Streets challenge and £100,000 prize money, which the Llangattock team will spend on a local environmental project of their choice.
A special report from Scotia Economics finds that while there has been significant improvement in household energy efficiency, more needs to be done. The study, Energizing Household Energy Efficiency, concludes that rising energy prices should drive increased energy efficiency, in turn generating long-term cost savings for households.
The Smart Energy Panel held last week at the Freescale Technology Forum asked participants what they thought the biggest hurdle was to smart energy efficiency. Freescale’s senior vice president, Henri Richard, believes that energy efficiency can be improved by giving people the opportunity to help without having to expend a lot of time or effort.
Despite the ongoing worldwide deployment of smart meters, a new survey suggests that, at least in the UK, consumers remain highly skeptical over claims the technology will save them money in the long run. Moreover, the report, published by T-Systems and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), finds that Government efforts to change the public’s perception are falling short.
Siemens Energy is partnering with Tendril to market the Tendril Connect platform to utilities. Siemens will deliver the Tendril solutions to energy marketers and distribution network operators with its project management solution PM@Siemens. Initially the alliance will target the United States and Canadian markets and then expand internationally.
Incap Corporation has signed a cooperation agreement to supply electronic modules for Aidon Oy’s next-generation energy service devices. Aidon is a European technology company specializing in smart metering and smart grid applications.
The Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition (DRSG) announced it supports proposed legislation in the United States Senate that would empower electricity consumers to better manage their energy use and reduce their energy bills.
Energy management specialist Schneider Electric has introduced the debut of Energy University, a free, vendor-neutral, online educational community that provides the basics needed to implement successful energy efficient solutions scaling various applications.