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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 »

Demand response: US utility pilots Itron EV charging solution

metering.com US electric service provider Pepco Holdings has announced it will deploy Itron and ClipperCreek’s electric vehicle smart charging solution as part of a demand response pilot program. The utility, which serves the state of Maryland and District of Columbia, will use ClipperCreek’s charging station fitted with Itron’s Embedded Sensing technology to test plug-in vehicle charging. Customers can volunteer to ... Read More »

Green energy companies accused of exaggerating merits of projects

Western Morning News, UK Wind and solar farms in the Westcountry produced 9% of the counties’ electrical energy at a cost of about £35 million a year in state subsidy, according to a comprehensive new analysis of renewable energy performance. Detailed power output figures collected by the Renewable Energy Foundation and now published online have also revealed that some of ... Read More »

Massive Subsidies for Wind Power a Crony Capitalist “Gift”

November 6, 2014 by stopthesethings Ex-Rep. Istook: Wind Energy a Crony Capitalist Gift Newsfront Sean Piccoli 23 October 2014 Wealthy investors in wind power are reaping profits from an expensive — and subsidized — form of green energy that is driving up the electricity bills of ordinary Americans, a former Oklahoma congressman told Newsmax TV on Thursday. Under the guise ... Read More »

LG VP describes new world of smart appliances

Energy management to ride coat tails of convenience Smart Grid Today – Thursday, October 30, 2014 There’s a community in Texas where the refrigerator ice-makers only run during off-peak hours, the washers and air conditioners turn on or off with a text from a remote smartphone, and the dryers leave clothes practically ready-to-wear using 50% less energy. Most of those ... Read More »

When the wind doesn’t blow, the power doesn’t switch on

Wind turbines can’t realistically offer us the amount of power we need, writes Terry McCrann. Picture: AP Melbourne Herald Sun ON Monday, all the wind farms in Southern Australia, all the hundreds of turbines scattered across South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania, altogether produced exactly zero — nothing, nada, zip, zilch — power for two hours smack in ... Read More »

Downwind: A Sun News Documentary

http://www.downwindmovie.com/ DownWind is a Sun News documentary that exposes how Ontario’s green energy dreams turned into a nightmare. DOWN WIND deals head on with how Ontario politicians rammed through green energy laws and dashed forward with installation of thousands of wind turbines across the province’s farmland and countryside. Read More »

Another eagle killed – gory pictures

Save the Eagles Original article, in Swedish: http://www.natursidan.se/nyheter/bilder-fran-nar-en-havsorn-kolliderar-med-vindkraftverk/ March 12 2014 Google Translation: August Thomasson, young birder and photographer from Sösdala in central Skåne, was at his job Monday out riding in the plains west of Kristianstad. When he walked around the Vinnö meadows, along came an eagle gliding low over him. It slips away for a moment towards a ... Read More »

Winners of Prime Minister’s prize for innovation in alternative fuels announced

The winners of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation have been announced. The prize of $1 million is the largest awarded in this field. Oct. 6, 2014 National Fuel Alternatives Program Director, Eyal Rosner: “Israel has set itself an ambitious goal – to reduce the use of conventional fuel for transportation by 60% by the ... Read More »

Solar Subsidy Recipient Suing Treasury for More

National Review By Veronique de Rugy I didn’t see this one coming. According to the Wall Street Journal, the largest installer of residential solar panels, a company called SolarCity, is suing the federal government for underpayment of green-energy subsidies: In its suit, SolarCity says two of the company’s subsidiaries received smaller-than-expected grants. The company doesn’t say exactly how much funding ... Read More »

The Obama Green Energy Scam You May Have Missed

Townhall: Donald Lambro | Dec 27, 2012 WASHINGTON – Have you seen the latest development in President Obama’s waste-ridden, clean energy program that’s now under federal investigation at the U.S. Treasury Department? Three of the country’s biggest residential solar panel installers — SolarCity, SunRun and Sungevity — have been subpoenaed by Treasury’s Office of Inspector General for their financial records ... Read More »

Solar Energy Revolution: A Massive Opportunity

Peter Diamandis Forbes My friend Ray Kurzweil projects the U.S. will meet 100 percent of its electrical energy needs from solar in 20 years. Elon Musk is a bit more conservative, pegging it at 50 percent in that timeframe. While the growth of solar may seem slow to some, it’s fair to say it’s in the midst of its “deceptive ... Read More »

Solar Energy Takeover: Applying Moore’s Law To Solar Power Technology

by Joseph Tohill on 07/06/2011 the9billion.com in Business,Earth,Technology Without a doubt, solar energy has progressed by leaps and bounds over the past thirty years, as technology has improved and fabrication costs have decreased. In 1980, the price per Watt of a solar module was roughly $22. Now the price per Watt hovers around $3 and shows signs of continuing downward ... Read More »

Federal investigations of SolarCity lead GOP to attack Buffalo Billion

The Buffalo News By Jerry Zremski on October 2, 2014 – 6:23 PM WASHINGTON – SolarCity, the solar energy systems installer that’s aiming to bring nearly 3,000 jobs to Western New York with the help of the state’s Buffalo Billion initiative, finds itself square in the middle of two political campaigns. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo touts the economic-development effort as ... Read More »

Why Elon Musk Is Doubling Down on Solar Power

Bloomberg Businessweek By Ashlee Vance June 19, 2014 Making solar panels is a huge mistake. That’s been the big story of the solar industry over the past few years. A glut of solar panel makers flooded the market with their products, forcing prices of solar panels down to crippling levels. The biggest culprit in all of this was China, which ... Read More »