Smart Energy News

Electric Cars: Not So Environmentally Friendly After All?

Investors.com Is that electric car in the driveway — yes, that one with the long cord tethering it to the inside of the garage — a sign of deep environmental concern and human goodness? Or is it an indication that someone has been duped? A growing body of evidence shows that electric cars are more harmful to the environment than ... Read More »

What do you really get for a $7,000 Tesla Powerwall home battery?

Autoblog May 21st 2015 Tesla Unveils New Battery SystemLOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 30: Guests pose with the Powerwall unit after Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla unveiled suit of batteries for homes, businesses, and utilities at Tesla Design Studio April 30, 2015 in Hawthorne, California. Musk unveiled the home battery named Powerwall with a selling price of $3500 for 10kWh ... Read More »

EPA’s Clean Power Plan Ignores New Nuclear as a Compliance Option

Institute for Energy Research JUNE 15, 2015 The Energy Information Administration (EIA) in its analysis of EPA’s Clean Power Plan had to consider new nuclear capacity as a separate case analysis because construction of new nuclear capacity other than what is currently under construction or at risk for retirement is not a major compliance option based on EPA’s proposed rule ... Read More »

High-Tech Solar Projects Fail to Deliver

Wall Street Journal CASSANDRA SWEET June 12, 2015 $2.2 billion California project generates 40% of expected electricity The Ivanpah solar-thermal plant in California uses thousands of mirrors to reflect sunlight and generate steam. PHOTO: CHRIS CARLSON/ASSOCIATED PRESS Some costly high-tech solar power projects aren’t living up to promises their backers made about how much electricity they could generate. Solar-thermal technology, ... Read More »

PUC’S Computer Tool Exposes Renewable Energy Bloated Costs

Breitbart by CHRISS W. STREET, 31 May 2015 The Sierra Club is upset because the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) built a sophisticated and unbiased computer model to analyze the cost-effectiveness of new solar policy proposals. But despite all the Sierra Club’s political clout, the computer model determined is that none of the solar policy proposals are cost effective. After ... Read More »

China and US partner on new lab for smart energy development

Metering & Smart Energy June 1, 2015 In the US, semiconductor chip maker Intel has this week announced the completion of a smart energy laboratory built in conjunction with China’s Smart Energy Industry Technology Innovation Strategy Union in a bid to promote ‘internet-connected energy’ in China and evaluate solutions in critical energy sectors. IT investment in China’s energy sector is ... Read More »

Elon Musk’s growing empire is fueled by $4.9 billion in government subsidies

LA Times By JERRY HIRSCH May 30, 2015 During an event at Tesla’s design studio in Hawthorne, Elon Musk introduces a line of batteries for homes and businesses. (Jerome Adamstein, Los Angeles Times) Los Angeles entrepreneur Elon Musk has built a multibillion-dollar fortune running companies that make electric cars, sell solar panels and launch rockets into space. And he’s built ... Read More »

How Dark Matter and Nanotechnology can Help Transform the Global Energy System

BreakingEnergy.com By JARED ANDERSON on May 28, 2015 Fundamental scientific research lies at the heart of many energy-related breakthroughs that ultimately disrupt established social and economic systems. It can be overwhelming to look at the world’s looming energy and climate challenges, but Dr. Franklin (Lynn) Orr, Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the US Department of Energy remains optimistic ... Read More »

Apple details HomeKit compatibility with competing home automation platforms, rules out rival Wi-Fi gear

9to5Mac Jordan Kahn January 22, 2015 Apple will allow its upcoming Siri-controlled HomeKit platform to work with certain existing, non-HomeKit home automation products, including ones using competing protocols such as ZigBee or Z-Wave, but there are many limitations. According to sources briefed on the new specs, the latest Made for iPhone (MFi) licensing program specifications detail the types of home ... Read More »

BlackBerry expands IoT certificates to ZigBee smart meters

Metering.com April 23, 2015 In Canada, a subsidiary of BlackBerry has unveiled a new certificate service that will apply the same security level it offers on smartphones to other Internet of Things (IoT) devices including smart meters. Blackberry subsidiary Certicom has issued nearly 60 million ZigBee device certificates Security technology company Certicom yesterday launched a new public key infrastructure certificate ... Read More »

Smart meters help US utilities to cut customer bills

metering.com Amy Ryan April 17, 2015 In the US, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission has approved a settlement allowing state utility Public Service Company to collect US$133 million from customers in rate increases to support smart meter installation. The Public Service Company of Oklahoma serving 540,000 customers expects to save customers US$ 11 million in the first four years of using ... Read More »

Global smart meter market worth US18.2bn by 2019, says report

Metering.com Amy Ryan April 13, 2015 The global smart meter market will grow 10.2% a year up to 2019, predicts MarketsandMarkets The global smart meter market will be worth US$18.2 billion by 2019, encompassing smart electric, water and gas meters for industrial, commercial and residential applications, according to a new report by US market research and consulting firm MarketsandMarkets. The ... Read More »

The great green energy hoax

CBS News BySTEVE TOBAK MONEYWATCH November 15, 2012 CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson identifies 11 green-energy companies, besides Solyndra, that got billions of tax dollars, then declared bankruptcy. ISTOCKPHOTO (MoneyWatch) COMMENTARY In the business world, when you combine bad management, faulty science and fanatical ideology, it’s a recipe for disaster. Strangely enough, when the federal government does it, the ... Read More »

Smart water meter: California city utility offers free installation

metering.com Amy Ryan, March 17, 2015 The first 100 residents to sign up to LBWD’s smart meter programme will receive free installation In the US, the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners in California has approved a smart meter programme, awarding the first 100 Long Beach residents to sign up for free smart water meter installation. The Long Beach Water ... Read More »

Debate: Are smart meters living up to their promise?

Metering.com by Metering International February 11, 2015 The Washington Post recently reported that, while there are more than 50 million smart meters deployed across the United States, the technology itself is failing to live up to the high hopes that initially accompanied metering rollouts. The Big Question is: Why are the benefits of better power usage, lower bills and increased ... Read More »

Smart grid US: government committee looks to 21st century grid

metering.com Metering International, March 5, 2015 The US House of Representative’s Energy & Commerce Committee this week held a hearing with utilities, energy technology companies and research organizations to seek opinion on how America can transition towards a smart grid. The one-day session on March 4, ’21st Century Electricity Challenge: Ensuring a Secure, Reliable and Modern Electricity System’, looked at ... Read More »

RWE Germany seeks Israeli investment for smart grid

metering.com Amy Ryan, March 5, 2015 In Europe, German utility, RWE is seeking to invest in Israeli technologies to expand its global business and provide added value to its customers. RWE Israel Innovation general manager, Mickey Steiner, said that it was looking for to invest in ‘holistic management technologies’ that will facilitate the smart management of electricity networks in Europe. ... Read More »

Solar Energy Delivers Too Little Bang For Billions Invested

Forbes David Williams 2/25/2015 Americans deservedly take pride in our ability to tackle and surmount the most daunting technical challenges: the Manhattan Project, the Apollo Program, the Hoover Dam, the interstate highway system. These are among the engineering bold strokes we point to as evidence that anything is possible with the right application of American ingenuity and persistence. Maybe you ... Read More »

In Australia, the Green Energy Fantasy Has Collapsed

Daily Signal David Kreutzer / @dwkreutzer / February 28, 2015 If you are sailing miles from shore and come upon the rusted prows of sunken ships, you can be sure that water is not that deep and it would be a good idea to change course. Australia is just the latest ship’s prow to warn us away from the treacherous ... Read More »

Google Power

An update on Google Health and Google PowerMeter Google’s 2011 announcement on the retirement of the Google Power Meter Project USCL’s 2009 Proposal to Eric Schmidt on Power Meters Why Google’s Home-Energy Product PowerMeter Failed CBS MoneyWatch Last Updated Jun 24, 2011 7:04 PM EDT After failing to attract enough users, Google announced Friday that it would retire PowerMeter, a ... Read More »

SDG&E loans in-home display units to smart meter customers

Metering.com In the US, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has launched a programme to loan in-home display devices to its customers in a bid to provide them with the means to understand their home’s energy use and near-real time information and estimated energy costs. Residential customers with smart meters are eligible to participate in the programme. The in-house display ... Read More »

Smart home: British Gas spends GBP65m to buy out AlertMe’s platform

metering.com February 16, 2015 One of the UK’s major energy suppliers British Gas has bought out connected homes technology company AlertMe. In the deal estimated at GBP65 million (US$100 million), the two companies aim to expand their foothold in the intelligent connected home market, said Nina Bhatia, commercial director for British Gas. Ms Bhatia said: “We are very excited at ... Read More »

Nest Touts Three Studies Claiming Its Thermostat Pays For Itself In Two Years

Tech Crunch Feb 2, 2015 Google-subsidiary Nest claims that the results of three studies based on longitudinal data show that its thermostat pays for itself in less than two years from savings from heating and cooling costs. The studies were funded and implemented separately by the Energy Trust of Oregon, Indiana-based utility Vectren, and Nest itself. Averaged together, they claim ... Read More »

Europe starts work on Energy Union

World Nuclear News 06 February 2015 The European Commission has launched discussion on the creation of its proposed Energy Union. The initiative, it said, aims to “reform how Europe produces, transports and consumes energy.” The European Commission announced on 4 February that work to establish the Energy Union had been launched. An “orientation debate” was held that day by commissioners ... Read More »

This is the next generation of renewable energy technologies

Footsteps to fusion to matter-antimatter annihilation; a fanciful look at the future of energy. Of course beyond fossil fuels there are only 3 viable means to produce material amounts of energy. Nuclear fission, fusion, and matter-antimatter annihilation. We have fission today and can make it safer and more viable. Fusion can be commercialized within 20 years if we put the ... Read More »

Transform Every Customer into a Demand Response Resource

Introduction More and more, utilities are choosing demand response (DR) as a way to balance grid operations, lower energy prices for consumers, and integrate renewable resources like solar power. Utilities have traditionally relied on large commercial customers to achieve those results. Yet residential customers represent a huge, untapped DR resource. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) estimates that utilities can ... Read More »

Schneider Electric Unveils Wiser Air; Makes Move into Thinking Thermostat Market

Energyefficientmarkets.com February 3, 2015 By Elisa Wood Schneider Electric today made its big move into the thinking thermostat market, with release of Wiser Air, a demand-response friendly device meant to increase interaction between utilities and their customers. Announced at DistribuTech 2015 in San Diego, Wiser Air adds to the fast-growing list of products in the smart home market, which has ... Read More »

Smart thermostat market buzzes with buy outs and ‘proof’ they work

Posted by: Metering International February 4, 2015 US consumers using Nest Labs smart thermostats shaved up to US$145 off their annual heating and cooling bills, according to third-party research carried out on behalf of the Google-owned company. In a white paper released this week, Nest presents findings from three studies of how the Nest Learning Thermostat affected utility bills before ... Read More »

Google Scientists Admit Renewable Energy Can’t Work

Investors.com Junk Science: Google is literally and figuratively pulling the plug on its investment in renewable energy because the technology doesn’t work. Will its flop persuade the feds to stop dumping billions down this rat hole? Back in 2007 Google commanded star-spangled headlines with its new high-tech venture to go all in on the next big thing in technology: green ... Read More »

100m Turbine collapse: Not bolts this time – weld failure in the main tower

Tallbloke’s Talkshop De Bilt reports on yet another serious turbine failure. This time the 100m structure folded at a weld line some 30m off the ground. This is of great concern. Whereas most catastrophic failures are due to installation errors at the base bolts, this is a problem with the specification or execution of the construction of the monocoque structure ... Read More »

Study: Your All-Electric Car may not be so Green

AP News BY SETH BORENSTEIN AP SCIENCE WRITER WASHINGTON (AP) — People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming. Ethanol isn’t so green, either. “It’s kind of hard to beat gasoline” for public and environmental health, ... Read More »

How Obama and His Environmental Base Are Planning to Eradicate the Oil and Gas Industry

The Daily Signal By Ron Arnold “Obama is coordinating with far left environmental activists to wage an all-out assault on American oil and natural gas” (Photo: Brian Bianco/Newscom) Why does the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory war against hydraulic fracturing look like the Natural Resources Defense Council’s 2007 agenda for eliminating domestic oil and natural gas development? Obama is coordinating with ... Read More »

More Subsidies for Big Wind

Robert Bryce, National Review The industry says it’s cheaper than fossil fuels — then cries for subsidies. If anyone needed proof that subsidy-dependent businesses will always seek more subsidies, look no further than the U.S. wind industry. On Wednesday, the wind sector won a vote in the House on a tax bill that includes a one-year extension of the production ... Read More »

Demand management: how Duke Energy plans to integrate EV charging

Metering.com Posted by: Metering International December 9, 2014 US utility Duke Energy and Siemens this month revealed results of a demonstration of their new electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). The EV charging system, which has been approved by Underwriters Laboratories, aims to gives consumers a better understanding of how much it costs to charge their car, as well as when ... Read More »

Another Attack on coal

By Tom Tamarkin Dec. 8, 2014 By by cheap energy in America. Last night CBS “60 Minutes” attacked the coal fired utility industry and no one realized it. They did a story about fly ash and bottom ash waste coming from coal fired electrical generating stations. Without any independent scientific explanation Lesley Stahl allowed the CEO of Duke Energy to ... Read More »

UK’s blackout prevention plans in doubt after back-up power plant fails

The Telegraph, UK | By Emily Gosden, Energy Editor | Nov. 24, 2014 Peterhead power station, paid to guarantee it can help keep the lights on, fails to function properly during testing Britain’s plans to keep the lights on this winter have been thrown into fresh doubt after a power plant supposed to provide back-up electricity supplies failed during testing. ... Read More »

Google rejects renewables

Energy Matters November 26, 2014 by Roger Andrews Here at Energy Matters we pride ourselves on writing original posts that aren’t just rehashes of what someone else has written, but once in a while along comes an article of sufficient interest to justify putting it up for discussion. This article is one. It’s a post-mortem on a project initiated by ... Read More »

Legal Fight Pits Sellers of Energy Against Buyers

New York Times: By DIANE CARDWELL and MATTHEW L. WALD NOV. 26, 2014 PJM Interconnection, a grid operator, says its program saved $650 million in a summer week.CreditPJM Interconnection, via Pr Newswire Over the past few years, the federal government has nurtured the growth of an odd kind of player in the energy markets: companies that recruit consumers to unplug ... Read More »

Greedily CASHING OUT in Maine

Friends of Maine’s Mountains November 22, 2014 First Wind’s schtick was money, not progress Hello Friends. Perhaps First Wind should have named itself “Me First.” Because this past week offered the most blatant proof yet that the company’s interest in Maine was never energy independence for our state. It was ALWAYS purely financial. Of course, there are still many starry-eyed ... Read More »

What It Would Really Take to Reverse Climate Change

Today’s renewable energy technologies won’t save us. So what will? By Ross Koningstein & David Fork Posted 18 Nov 2014 | 20:00 GMT Download this article as a PDF Google cofounder Larry Page is fond of saying that if you choose a harder problem to tackle, you’ll have less competition. This business philosophy has clearly worked out well for the ... Read More »

Renewable energy ‘simply WON’T WORK’: Top Google engineers

UK Register By Lewis Page, 21 Nov 2014 Windmills, solar, tidal – all a ‘false hope’, say Stanford PhDs Comment Two highly qualified Google engineers who have spent years studying and trying to improve renewable energy technology have stated quite bluntly that renewables will never permit the human race to cut CO2 emissions to the levels demanded by climate activists. ... Read More »

Great News! Useless Wind Turbines May Soon Kill the Wind Industry!

Mothers against wind turbines Faulty Turbines Sending Siemen’s Wind Power Division Broke as Samsung Cuts & Runs from Europe November 16, 2014 by stopthesethings German fan maker, Siemens has been running a huge propagandacampaign in South Australia over the last couple of weeks, surrounding the opening of the extension of the Snowtown wind farm – wheeling in Australia’s 2011 Tour ... Read More »

SolarCity’s $750M tax gift shrouded in secrecy

By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org IT’S A SECRET: SolarCity and the state of New York don’t want taxpayers to know how their millions are being spent. New York taxpayers are footing the bill for a massive $750-million SolarCity manufacturing plant with a promise that the company will spend $5 billion there on product and development, but when a local TV ... Read More »

UK leads marine energy revolution as world’s largest tidal stream project agrees investment to begin construction in Scotland

Meygen, UK MeyGen agrees terms for a funding package to finance Phase 1A of the MeyGen project. The funding syndicate includes: the Department of Energy & Climate Change, Scottish Enterprise via the Renewable Energy Investment Fund (delivered by the Scottish Investment Bank), Highlands and Islands Enterprise, The Crown Estate, and Atlantis Resources Ltd. MeyGen, the world’s largest tidal stream development, ... Read More »

Unearthing Green Scams

Biomass Some renewable energy investment opportunities seem too good to be true-and occasionally they are. How can a potential investor tell a wise investment from a shell game? By Anna Austin Historically, the number of investment fraud cases in a given industry increases with the level of hype surrounding it. If it’s frequently in the news and on the Internet, ... Read More »

Yet another example of the “green energy” scam

Beaufort Observer Socialistic money laundering to transfer wealth to a select few August 10, 2014 Global warming, a.k.a. climate change, is the vehicle for the transfer of wealth. The fundamental characteristic of the global warming progeny is that green energy, green vehicles, green this and green that is that none of these “developments” is market based such as was the ... Read More »

Hot air from the wind power lobby

Fincial Post Tom Adams and Ross McKitrick, Special to Financial Post | November 12, 2014 7:00 PM ET Renewable power generation, particularly wind and solar power, are key drivers behind Ontario’s surging electricity prices. Wind and solar power are key drivers behind Ontario’s surging electricity prices On Oct. 30 we published a Fraser Institute study entitled “What Goes Up… Ontario’s ... Read More »