Smart Energy News

WGL Energy improves energy management with Innowatts app 20 MAY 2016 The US utility company partnered with energy technology company Innowatts to help its customers in Pennsylvania to reduce power consumption and bills. The partnership allowed the Washington DC based utility to launch Innowatts’ energy management app as a service to help its consumers in Pennsylvania’s PPL Electric Utilities territory to manage their power usage effectively. In ... Read More »

Customer communication critical to successful ‘smart’ rollouts 19 MAY 2016 The role of communication and customer engagement has been one of the key themes discussed with utility executives at the 2016 African Utility Week. Communication with customers before, during and after deployment of digital technologies cannot be stressed enough, a key point which has been raised several times in conversations and conference sessions at the currently ... Read More »

US allocates US$37.5bn for energy and smart water projects 18 MAY 2016 The US government announced it will allocate US$37.5bn to fund energy and water programmes in 2017. The funding will be channelled to accelerate the growth of the two sectors through the department of energy, the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Bereau of Reclamation as from the last quarter of 2016. According to a local ... Read More »

US consumers highly knowledgeable on smart energy tech – survey 16 MAY 2016 A new survey by the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative has found US consumers to be highly knowledgeable about smart energy technologies. The level awareness includes consumers highly knowledgeable about solar panels and the ability of smart energy technologies to be controlled remotely for a system’s reliability and efficiency. In a press statement, the non-profit organisation said ... Read More »

US utility awarded for mobile customer engagement tool 13 MAY 2016 Glendale Water and Power (GWP) received an award at CS Week for its customer engagement programme aimed at digitising its services. The utility providing water services to some 33,744 customers and 88,100 electric consumers in Glendale, California was awarded the 2016 CS Week Expanding Excellence Award in the “Best in Mobility Implementation” category. The award is ... Read More »

Pacific Power signs Silver Spring for AMI connectivity 12 MAY 2016 In the US, power utility Pacific Power signed a contract with smart energy network provider Silver Spring for the rollout of an advanced metering project in Oregon. The agreement will allow the solutions provider to deploy its technology Gen5 IPv6 for a two-way communication of the advanced metering infrastructure. In a combined statement, the utility serving ... Read More »

IoT: Revolutionising the global energy economy 29 APRIL 2016 Starting from 15 billion devices at present, the world will see 50 billion devices connected with each other through the Internet of Things (IoT) by the end of 2020. The global IoT market is in fact predicted to increase from US$665.9 billion to US$1.8 trillion in 2020, as per a report by Cisco. Most of this ... Read More »

DTE Energy upgrades energy efficiency tool 27 APRIL 2016 Smart Grid US power utility DTE Energy upgraded its energy efficiency tool ‘DTE Insight’ to help consumers reduce their power consumption and electricity bills. The new feature allows customers to use the DTE Insight app to set an energy budget target, monitor their energy efficiency targets through access to daily, weekly, monthly and annual energy costs. ... Read More »

SunEdison Plans To File For Bankruptcy

Fox News April 04, 2016 Solar-energy company SunEdison plans to file for bankruptcy protection in coming weeks, a dramatic about-face for a company whose market value stood at nearly $10 billion in July. The company is preparing a chapter 11 filing and is in talks with two creditor groups to obtain a loan to fund its operations during the process, ... Read More »

SunEdison at risk of bankruptcy, unit says; shares plummet 60 percent

Reuters BY AMRUTHA GAYATHRI AND ARATHY S NAIR | Mar 29, 2016 Solar panels of local mining company CAP are seen in the Atacama Desert June 5, 2014. REUTERS/FABIAN ANDRES CAMBERO U.S. solar energy company SunEdison Inc (SUNE.N), whose aggressive acquisition strategy has saddled it with almost $12 billion of debt, is at “substantial risk” of bankruptcy, one of its ... Read More »

Duquesne Light gets PUC approval for ToU pricing pilot 16 MARCH 2016 Smart Meters US energy regulator Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has approved Duquesne Light’s proposal to implement a time-of-use (ToU) rate pilot. Up to 150,000 of the utility’s 588,000 residential metering points in Allegheny and Beaver Counties will be used in the pilot. The programme is set to kick-start on the 1st of June 2016 and ... Read More »

Huawei expands into Internet of Things with LiteOS March 14, 2016 Internet of Things Huawei is reported to be launching an operating system for the Internet of Things that will be used to power smart home devices, connected vehicles and wearable tech. This move marks Huawei’s entry into the Internet of Things. The Chinese networking and telecommunications giant predicts that in less than ten years, a total ... Read More »

ComEd selects 6,500 to participate in smart meter pilot March 11, 2016 Smart Meters llinois-based utility ComEd has selected 6,500 customers with smart meters to participate in a pilot that will help them to manage and reduce their energy use. The 6,500 ComEd customers were randomly selected for the pilot and were given use of web and mobile energy-cutting tools and gift card rewards. The smart meter pilot ... Read More »

Smart energy could save UK GBP8bn annually, says NIC 7 MARCH 2016 According to a report by the UK’s National Infrastructure Commission, smart energy could save consumers up to GBP8bn annually. The report says that smart energy infrastructure and policy could “fire a smart power revolution,” and that a smart energy revolution could save households approximately GBP75 by 2030. Savings are accelerated by the use of electricity at ... Read More »

Increased smart energy adoption to drive global demand response market growth 3 MARCH 2016 Whilst US utilities are leading in implementation of demand response programmes, Europe and Asia are emerging as hot markets for smart meters and thermostats. This is according to a new report on the global market for demand response, released by energy market research company, Frost and Sullivan this week. In a press statement, Frost and Sullivan ... Read More »

Bill Gates: World will deliver ‘clean energy breakthrough’ within 15 years

Guardian James Murray Feb. 24, 2016 Tech billionaire predicts innovation will deliver the clean energy the world desperately needs, but only if young people, businesses, and governments step up to the plate, reports Business Green Bill Gates says the goal has to be zero emission power – cutting emissions isn’t enough. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters Bill Gates has predicted researchers will ... Read More »

Indra-Intel launch new IOT gateway

Bringing Intelligence to the Edge: Indra and Intel If you can imagine in a world in which you can communicate with your refrigerator, your TV and your home alarm, you are visualising the world of the Internet of Things (IoT) – the concept of connecting devices, be they large power transformers, smart meters, pacemakers or even front door sensors, to ... Read More »

Israeli telecom company unveils utility cybersecurity solution Feb. 25, 2016 This week, global ELASTIC network solutions provider ECI launched a new cybersecurity solution to improve utilities’ operations. In a statement, the Israel headquartered telecom company said the new cybersecurity solution ‘LightSEC’ will boost its smart grid portfolio ElastiGRID. ECI claims LightSEC will enhance the safety and reliability of utility infrastructure against Cyber- attacks. LightSEC is made ... Read More »

How Much Oil Have We Used?

Science Daily May 8, 2009 Summary: Estimates of how much crude oil we have extracted from the planet vary wildly. Now, researchers have published a new estimate in the International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology that suggests we may have used more than we think. New calculations suggest that experts have grossly underestimated how much oil the world ... Read More »


By Andy May “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future” (old Danish proverb, sometimes attributed to Niels Bohr) In November, 2016 the USGS (United States Geological Survey) reported their assessment of the recent discovery of 20 billion barrels of oil equivalent (technically recoverable) in the Midland Basin of West Texas. About the same time IHS researcher Peter Blomquist published ... Read More »

Bill Gates’ superpower: More (and cheaper) energy

USA Today February 23, 2016 SAN FRANCISCO — Bill Gates, the tech entrepreneur turned global philanthropist, says it’s not enough to use “lots of crazy-seeming ideas” to solve climate change. The cost of such clean energy must be lower than today’s options. Bill and Melinda Gates want young people to get involved in not only finding innovative solutions to problems ... Read More »

Smart meters: Aclara wins US contract for 3.9m units 15 FEBRUARY 2016 Global smart infrastructure tech provider Aclara last week secured a contract for provision of smart electric meters to two US power utilities. In a press statement, Aclara said it will provide the smart meters to Consolidated Edison, and Orange and Rockland (O&R). Supply of the 3.9m smart meters will start once Aclara receives regulatory approval from ... Read More »

Landis+Gyr upgrades GridStream AMI solution February 11, 2016 Global energy management company Landis+Gyr this week announced the launch of a communications platform capable of connecting multiple grid deployed AMI solutions. In a statement, Landis+Gyr said the launch of its grid router is a major advancement in adaptability and processing power for the network connecting the Gridstream suite of AMI, Distribution Intelligence and Customer Intelligence ... Read More »

Obama builds ‘climate-smart economy’ into fiscal plan 10 FEBRUARY 2016 US President Obama has plans to build a ‘climate-smart economy’, allocating several billion US dollars toward clean energy, resilience and climate aid. The president’s strategy is part of his US$4.1 trillion spending plan for the 2017 fiscal year. He faces a challenge however, “making it through the Republican-controlled chamber that holds the purse string,” reports Climate ... Read More »

Honeywell chosen by US utility for 1m smart meter rollout 10 FEBRUARY 2016 Smart Meters US technology company Honeywell has been contracted by Memphis Light, Gas and Water to deploy one million electric, gas and water meters over a period of five years. Under the US$200 million contract, Honeywell’s Elster EnergyAxis smart meter technology will be deployed throughout MLGW’s (Memphis Light, Gas and Water) service territory. According to a ... Read More »

US smart meters: ComEd sets aside US$1bn for meter rollout 1 FEBRUARY 2016 US power utility ComEd last week announced it has set aside US$1bn for replacement of traditional electric meters with smart meters in the Lake County region. ComEd will direct the US$1bn investment towards installation of smart meters in Libertyville, Zion, Winthrop Harbor, Lincolnshire, Lindenhurst, Long Grove, Wildwood and Wauconda, according to local media. In Libertyville, ComEd ... Read More »

Germany Tests Fusion Reactor, But Will Abandon Nuclear By 2022

Daily Caller ANDREW FOLLETT 12/17/2015 Steam rises from the cooling towers of the Electricite de France (EDF) nuclear power station at Nogent-Sur-Seine, France, November 13, 2015. The nuclear industry argues world leaders at the COP21 conference in Paris next week should not have to choose between nuclear and renewables but between low-carbon energy, including nuclear, and fossil fuels. Paris will ... Read More »

Californian Government Intensifies Attack on Renewables Eric Worrall December 19, 2015 Costs are rising for Californian Renewable Energy Consumers WUWT recently reported how California had abandoned rooftop solar, by excluding them from generous renewable credit schemes. California has now intensified its attack on renewable energy consumers, by increasing fees for customers who switch to renewable energy schemes. Customers of clean energy programs hit with fee ... Read More »

Landis+Gyr secures UL green light for smart meters 14 DECEMBER 2015 Energy management company Landis+Gyr has last week announced its residential smart meters E330 FOCUS AX and E350 FOCUS AX-SD meters have passed UL 2735 tests. In a company statement, Landis+Gyr said Underwriter Laboratories certification – UL2735 – confirms the design and testing for safe operation of the company’s advanced residential meters and communication components. The certified ... Read More »

Zuckerberg, Gates and Bezos Launch Massive Clean Energy Fund

gizmodo Jamie Condliffe 11/30/15 Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates have announced that they’re joining forces with other big names in the world of technology to create a new fund that will encourage private investment in clean energy. The Breakthrough Energy Coalition, announced by Zuckerberg in a Facebook post, will “invest in ideas that have the potential to transform the way ... Read More »

Taking on the US utility market – Aclara buys GE Meters Nov. 11, 2015 In US smart meter news, Aclara Technologies, a supplier of smart infrastructure technology to utilities, announced yesterday that its affiliate has committed to buying the electricity meters division of GE Energy Management’s Grid Solutions subdivision. The acquisition of GE Meters is expected to close by the end of Q4 2015. Aclara will take over more than ... Read More »

Fossil fuels could be obsolete by 2050, says top futurist

Tech Insider Danielle Muoio Nov. 5, 2015 A solar farm. By 2050, either fusion or solar energy will begin to entirely replace fossil fuels, Ian Pearson, a futurologist, tells Tech Insider. “On the other side of 2050 I don’t see why you would need them (fossil fuels),” Pearson, who is also a fellow at the World Academy for Arts and ... Read More »

Smart home services market to reach US$100bn by 2020

Metering & Smart Energy Amy RyanNovember 4, 2015 The Juniper Research predicts that the main interface between consumers and their smart appliances will be through voice control and other ‘hands-free’ mechanisms The report predicts that the use of wearable devices to passively supply data to control smart home devices will emerge as a key use case towards 2020. The study ... Read More »

An Interview with Bill Gates

Atlantic Nov. 2015 We Need an Energy Miracle In his offices overlooking Lake Washington, just east of Seattle, Bill Gates grabbed a legal pad recently and began covering it in his left-handed scrawl. He scribbled arrows by each margin of the pad, both pointing inward. The arrow near the left margin, he said, represented how governments worldwide could stimulate ingenuity ... Read More »

Scientists push boundaries to find alternative energy

Eco Business 9 October 2015 From algae to alloys, ingenuity in the world’s laboratories is fuelling experiments to find new ways of providing viable sources of clean energy. Scientists have found a way how to cultivate green algae for biofuel in huge quantities at US$50 a barrel, which is about the cost of crude oil. Image: Shutterstock Wind and solar ... Read More »

Internet Of Things: Chai Energy’s Connected-Home Technology A Win For Consumers

Verde Exchange October 13, 2015 You are CEO of Chai Energy, Inc., which is involved in next-generation home energy and automation. What’s the essential promise of Chai’s technology? Cole Hershkowitz: A lot of people classify our industry as “energy monitoring” or “behavior change.” At Chai, we try to view energy data more humanistically. A lot of people collect energy data ... Read More »

The Big Sunshiny Lie

American Spectator By Larry Thornberry – 9.7.15 As Florida enviros push for their solar amendment, solar’s undesirability goes unmentioned. The important thing to know about solar and wind power, and other so-called “renewable” sources of energy, is that they aren’t necessary. Au the contraire, their dominance of the energy mix would be a disaster for the republic. Solar and wind ... Read More »

Reactors Unplugged

Can the Decline of America’s Nuclear Sector Be Stopped? Manhattan Institute No. 18 September 2015 Robert Bryce, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute Executive Summary Today, the United States has 99 nuclear reactors that provide about 20 percent of the country’s electricity. Globally, nuclear reactors provide about 11 percent of the world’s electricity. That global fleet of reactors is also helping avoid ... Read More »

Smart grid Mexico: 30.2 million smart meters by 2025 28 SEPTEMBER 2015 In Latin America, Mexico has kickstarted investment in smart grid technology by issuing a number of tenders for more than two million smart meters, finds a new study released today by Northeast Group. The research report indicates that Mexico has began the process of selecting vendors for a total 30.2 million smart meter deployment between 2015-2025. ... Read More »

2.5m European households to have smart home controller

Metering and Smart Technology Amy Ryan September 28, 2015 In Europe, a US based IoT market research and consulting firm Parks Associates has forecast that 2.5 million western European households will have a smart home controller by 2019. US based IoT market research and consulting firm has forecast that 2.5 million western European households will have a smart home controller ... Read More »

150 Million Smart Meter Semiconductors to be Shipped by 2019

IHS Electronics 360 19 August 2015 The global market for semiconductors used in smart meters is expected to rise in the next few years as demand for precise energy measurement and communications increases from utility vendors, according to a new report from IHS. Shipments of communicating meters used for two-way communications between smart meters and utilities are forecast to rise ... Read More »

ComEd recruits customers to energy management tools

Metering and Smart Energy Rose Bundock September 7, 2015 ComEd is seeking to recruit customers onto its energy management programmes ahead of completing a smart meter rollout by 2018 In the US, northern Illinois utility Commonwealth Edison is promoting energy management tools to its user base of 1.4 million smart meters. ComEd has a suite of five online energy management ... Read More »

GreenPeak reaches 100m milestone in ZigBee shipments

Metering and Smart Energy Amy Ryan | September 2, 2015 According to GreenPeak, ZigBee chips can operate for over a decade without recharging or battery replacement Netherlands-based fabless semiconductor company GreenPeak Technologies has announced that it has delivered 100m ZigBee chips to the smart home market to date. GreenPeak’s IEEE 802.15.4 certified ZigBee chips are integrated into numerous smart home ... Read More »

FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces New Actions to Bring Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency to Households across the Country

White House Press Release August 24, 2015 Advancing Clean Energy Technology Innovation, Cutting Energy Bills, and Creating Jobs President Obama is committed to taking responsible steps to address climate change, promote clean energy and energy efficiency, drive innovation, and ensure a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations. That is why at Senator Reid’s National Clean Energy Summit later today, ... Read More »

IHDs and smart thermostats ‘don’t deliver on revenue’ – IHS report

Metering and Smart Energy Amy Ryan August 20, 2015 Revenue generated from smart appliances eg. intelligent washing machines and refrigerators (US$3bn) will surpass revenue generated from demand-response enabled smart home energy management devices (US$57m) by 2025 A new report by US market research company IHS states that revenue generated from smart appliances (US$3 billion) will surpass demand-response enabled smart home ... Read More »