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.
IBM has awarded the Vermont State Colleges (VSC) system a $100,000 grant for an energy efficiency initiative. The funding is targeted to help the HowardCenter, the largest mental health and human services organization in the state, and Vermont Technical College (VTC) reduce energy usage by at least five percent annually. The initiative, based on energy management strategies developed at IBM Burlington, encourages input from VTC students, faculty, HowardCenter staff, the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center, and IBM volunteers.
Bloomberg reports that Lockheed Martin is marketing its military and intelligence technology to electric utilities to protect the United States’ power grids from terrorists and hackers. With an estimated value of $1.3 billion, cybersecurity is currently a growth industry. Lockheed plans to become a major player next month via Palisade, a software program developed in partnership with American Electric Power Co. of Columbus, Ohio, which alerts power companies to hacker intrusions and attacks on their electronic systems.
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.
Reports that in conjunction with the semi-annual Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition (GIUNC) meeting, IBM has today announced its collaboration with Korea Electric Power Company (KEPCO), on the building of the Total Operations Centre at the Jeju Smart Grid Test-Bed Demonstration Complex. The centre will allow the 160 companies and 11 consortia members operating at the Jeju Complex to collect and manage information on all international markets, and monitor smart grid systems and data exchange.
Representatives from IBM and PeoplePower will Chair OMG’s Smart Energy Working Group. Irv Badr, IBM’s Senior GoToMarket Manager, and PeoplePower’s Chief Scientist John Teeter are inviting anyone interested in smart grid and smart grid standards to participate in their upcoming meeting to be held during OMG’s Technical Committee Meeting on June 22, 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Texas Tech is collaborating with IBM and the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom on a research project to study the acceptance and impact of residential micro-generation systems, such as solar-powered technologies and micro turbines, on the public’s understanding and adoption of green initiatives and technologies. The project falls under the umbrella of smart energy, which encourages consumers to take energy conservation initiatives by generating their own power and then selling it back the excess to the grid.
According to new research by Verdantix, the Australian sustainable energy market will grow from $1.6 billion in 2010 to $2.9 billion in 2014, and sustainability spending will reach $2.5 billion in 2013. Those figures were determined by an analysis of spending by 139 firms with Australian revenues of at least $900 million. The Verdantix model categorizes spending by 29 initiatives including energy efficiency, carbon management, sustainable supply chains, cleantech, and sustainable product innovation.
Korea Electric Power Corporation is to invest in developing smart grid technology. State-owned Korea Electric Power Corporation has announced plans to invest $1.8bn in smart grid technology as part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions. In addition, the corporation has recently joined IBM’s Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition, signaling an intention to be among the world leaders in the development and deployment of smart grid technology.