KATHERINE TWEED: AUGUST 9, 2010 Demand Response, Meet Customer Engagement
From EnergyConnect’s new DR platform to TXU Energy expanding its iThermostat program, consumer preferences are getting more play in DR.
It’s hot. Gross-hot, not “let’s get outside and enjoy the sunshine!” hot. Although most of the country has recently enjoyed a brief respite from sweltering conditions, it’s still pretty damn hot.
The steamy conditions are making demand response to cut critical peak load on the grid more important than ever. While DR has been growing at a good clip in recent years, there has also started to be a shift in how some vendors are approaching the market.
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Jun 17, 2010
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has published its National Action Plan on Demand Response, which calls for a public-private coalition to develop and deploy “successful and cost-effective demand response programs” for states, localities and regions. FERC was directed to develop the plan under the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007. EISA directed FERC to identify: the requirements for technical assistance to states to help them optimize the amount of demand response (DR) that can be developed and implemented, the requirements for a national communications program for broad-based customer education and support, and to develop or identify More >
Jun 8, 2010
By Peter Fox-Penner
The Smart Grid sector is hands down the fastest growing sector of the utility industry with unprecedented capacity for innovation. Smarter grid applications will redefine how utilities interact with customers using improved pricing and energy efficiency. Greater control technologies will reduce black outs and increase reliability. Distributed generation, including fuel cells and solar panels, will continue to grow steadily, especially in community-scale installations. Adopting and adapting to these changes will be one of the most absorbing changes the industry will face for the next 20 years.
This vast potential also makes the Smart Grid a highly disruptive More >
MICHAEL KANELLOS: MAY 7, 2010
With Acquisition, Honeywell to Marry Demand Repsonse and Building Management
It bought Akuacom.
People have been talking about and witnessing acquisitions in the smart grid space since 2008and current events just keep building on the trend.
Today, Honeywell, one of the leaders in building management, bought Akuacom, which provides demand response services to independent service providers and building owners.
It’s an interesting combination. Honeywell and Johnson Controls are the dominant names in building management. Chances are you’re in a building right now controlled by their systems. Many, however, complain that traditional building management systems are too expensive and don’t provide dynamic More >
KATHERINE TWEED 03 22 10
Control4 releases new open-source software it says is geared towards the user experience, as well as the utility’s back end.
Control4 unveiled new software today to accompany its Energy Management System 100 (EMS 100). The flash-based open platform software, called ADVANTAGE, is designed so that utilities and developers can build applications to integrate with the EMS 100.
Control4, which also builds other wireless home networking systems from audio systems to temperature control, is confident that their system will not only blend in with a utility’s back end to optimize demand response, but also engage the customer.
“We’re coming from the consumer More >