The City of Dubuque, Iowa, has introduced the Smarter Energy Cloud, which will enable citizens to access information about their energy usage and habits and share best practices through an electricity portal/website. The electricity portal is now available to volunteer households in Dubuque.
Groom Energy Announces Enterprise Smart Grid Smart Grid Concepts Applied to the Demand-Side Promise Energy Savings of up to 15 Percent
Today, Groom Energy today announced several initiatives and resources to support the emerging Enterprise Smart Grid. The Enterprise Smart Grid is the integration of sub-metering, software and hardware to manage and reduce corporate energy costs. Comprising 16 different vendor categories, Enterprise Smart Grid is currently a $5.2B vendor market in the U.S. and growing at 40 percent per year, according to Groom Energy research.
Eragy, which provides energy management software applications and services, has introduced it’s a family of energy services for homeowners and professionals. MyEragy is a free energy monitoring service that enables homeowners to view their home’s energy usage and cost from anywhere online. MyEragy, together with a compatible in-home power sensor, enables homeowners to save up to 20 percent or more off their monthly electric bills.
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.
When it comes to electricity, being off the grid is a good thing. Opower reports that its home energy management software platform will help United States consumers save one terawatt hour of energy by the end of 2012, which is equal to removing 100,000 average homes off the grid for a full year.
Smart people want to save energy: It keeps utility bills down and is good for the planet. A smart grid, which gives feedback to both consumers and electricity producers on how much energy is being used and when it’s most in demand, can help make those energy savings happen. But smart, profit-motivated utility companies don’t all share the goals of smart people. Right now, they have more control over when and how the smart grid will develop, and they’re losing interest in moving forward.
GE smart meters are credited for prompting North Leigh in Oxfordshire to reduce its energy consumption by 10 percent for three consecutive months. The power conservation has earned the British village a £20,000 award from Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE).
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.
French cities are reporting energy savings of up to 45 percent using Echelon’s energy control technology for smart, networked street lighting systems, similar to the technology’s success in China. Echelon intelligent distributed control solutions use power line communications (PLC) to reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs of municipal street lighting. In addition, the street lighting solution includes Echelon’s power line signaling technology for distributed control, Echelon SmartServers for segment control and enterprise connectivity, and system software from French company Streetlight.Vision.