Postings tagged with: government

Chris King| Apr 01, 2014

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Apps for Energy Challenge: Help choose winners by April 4

When energy data is put to work, its value becomes obvious. One way to make energy data useful is to use it to power desktop or mobile applications that help people, organizations or utilities understand energy use or make better energy decisions. In the U.S., the current Apps for Energy Challenge has attracted dozens of entries by U.S. developers. Each of these apps are built using one or more of these "featured inputs" (publicly available U.S. energy datasets): Green Button Data Stan ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Mar 06, 2014

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Smart grid cybersecurity: Resources, evolving threats and leaders

Cybersecurity threats are a growing and ever-shifting challenge for utilities, consumers, and smart grid solution providers. Fortunately, new tools and resources are emerging to combat these threats, and leaders are emerging among solution providers. In February, the U.S. Dept. of Energy updated its Electricity Subsector Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model (ES-C2M2), originally introduced in 2012 as part of a White House-led initiative. This model helps electric utilities and grid operators ...

Chris King| Nov 14, 2013

New guidelines should increase demand response in Europe

Last year the European Commission (part of the three-part EU government) published the 2012 Energy Efficiency Directive -- which set legally binding measures to step up Member States' efforts to use energy more efficiently at all stages, from production to distribution to consumption. Last week, the EC explained more about how to implement the EED, by issuing additional guidance on energy efficiency to Europe's Member States on energy efficiency. To date, demand response has been limited in Euro ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Oct 14, 2013


Ready for 2020? Meter data management helps utilities prepare

2020 is the target for meeting the EU's ambitious renewable energy goals -- and it's closer than you might think. Technology choices that European utilities make in the coming year, especially concerning meter data management, will help determine how well utilities can help achieve these goals. At European Utility Week this year, Aaron De Yonker (Vice President of Products at eMeter, a Siemens business) will discuss some versatile MDM options that can help utilities adapt their operations and bu ...

Colombia´s Progressive Smart Grid Approach

Since 2011 a group of private and public entities in Colombia related to the electrical industry have been aware of the need to create a strategic framework for the development of the smart grid. The promoters of this initiative are XM (Power System and Market Operator), CIDET (Electrical Sector Research Center), COCIER (Colombian branch of CIER), CNO (National Operation Council), CAC (Commercialization Advisor Committee) and CINTEL (Communications Research Center). This set of companies wanted ...

Chris King| Mar 19, 2013

White House energy blueprint includes smart grid

On March 16, President Obama released an energy policy blueprint, which includes a proposal for an Energy Security Trust. A little noticed -- but important -- element of this Trust is a provision to support demand response and the smart grid. The Trust would set aside $2 billion in revenue from oil and gas development on federal lands to fund research on advanced vehicles and alternative fuels -- and more. The President proposed using $200 million of the blueprint budget for " ...

Chris King| Oct 19, 2012

Hot Australian summers? Government commission recommends smart meters, time-of-use prices

In the southern hemisphere, summertime is approaching -- so temperatures and peak energy demand soon will be soaring in Sydney and other parts of the Australian state of New South Wales. A new report from the NSW government's Productivity Commission recommends several reforms that could help Australian utilities manage peak demand while rewarding consumers for aiding this effort. This plan would offer households cheaper power prices in exchange for curbing power consumption during hea ...

Chris King| Oct 11, 2012

Green Button access expands to 36 million homes and businesses

This week the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy hosted an Energy Datapalooza to spotlight the many ways energy consumption data can help people use power more wisely. Green Button (the consensus-based, industry-developed energy data standard adopted by the North American Energy Standards Board) continues to make great progress on this front. Now the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is also capitalizing on Green Button -- and many utilities also have jumped on boa ...

Alicia Carrasco| Oct 01, 2012

Smart meters: How learning and acting save energy

Last week I attended a London breakfast meeting on smart metering and consumer empowerment, organized by the Smart Energy Demand Coalition . It featured a presentation by David Purdy, Deputy Director of the new Energy Efficiency Deployment Office , part of the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change. The EEDO seeks to: Be the government's center of expertise on energy efficiency. (They already are further developing the evidence base on this topic.) Support coherent delive ...

Alicia Carrasco| Aug 27, 2012


Northern Ireland's positive business case for smart meters

Originally posted on 8/13/12 on former eMeter blog By Alicia Carrasco | August 13 2012 Congratulations to Northern Ireland, which has joined the club of over 30 states and countries with positive business cases for smart meters. Recently the Northern Ireland Department of Enterprise, Trade & Investment released the region’s smart meter cost-benefit analysis Implementing smart meters for the nearly 1 million electricity customers there is expected to yield net savings ...