Postings tagged with: response

Smart Grid Watch Team| Dec 19, 2013

EcoGrid EU part 2: Lessons on engaging customers via the smart grid

On the Danish island of Bornholm, the Ecogrid EU smart grid demonstration project is providing valuable lessons in how utilities can engage customers to help everyone gain maximum benefits from smart grid technology. A 10 December IEEE Tech Insider webinar offered an overview of this project, including what Østkraft (the Danish utility based in Bornholm, which is in charge of Ecogrid EU) has been learning about engaging residential and business customers in the smart grid. Nearly 10% of all hous ...

Chris King| Aug 08, 2013

Customers as grid participants: key shift in the utility industry paradigm

Regulators are starting to view energy customers as active participants in the grid -- providing strong support for utilities looking at OT/IT strategies, combined grid analytics and customer analytics offerings, and expansion of energy efficiency and demand response. Recently the California Public Utilities Commission issued a position paper on this, focusing on residential consumers. It says: "Customers are not only the key to our energy efficiency goals, but also to our renewable, smar ...

Chris King| Aug 31, 2012

How Carlsbad, California residents save money with smart meters, automatically

Earlier this summer Smart Grid Watch reported on San Diego Gas & Electric's groundbreaking ReduceYourUse Program. How well is it working? According to SDG&E, in August customers in one small city in its service territory (Carlsbad, Calif.) earned over $200,000 in rebates. The goal of ReduceYourUse is to curb energy demand on hot summer afternoons when usage surges and the power grid is pushed closer to its limits. This program provides rebates to customers who lower their consumpti ...

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 ...

Alicia Carrasco| Aug 27, 2012

U.K. moves to make energy markets smarter

Originally posted on 8/2/12 on former eMeter blog By Alicia Carrasco | August 2 2012 It’s not just meters and power grids that are getting smarter. U.K. energy regulator Ofgem is advancing plans to make energy markets in that nation “smarter” — that is: more efficient and yielding better consumer outcomes. Smarter energy markets also would provide consumers with ready access to an abundance of easily digestible information about their energy use, plus time-varying pri ...

Alicia Carrasco| Aug 27, 2012


Smart meters simplify the language of energy

Originally posted on 7/31/12 on former eMeter blog By Alicia Carrasco | July 31 2012 A British Gas website explains common energy terms and issues in plain language for business customers. British Gas has a “plain English” campaign to help business customers understand their energy contracts and bills. The website, Making Business Energy Simple, covers the basics of energy and energy costs as well as savings tips. Prior to launching this site, British Gas commissioned a researc ...

Alicia Carrasco| Aug 24, 2012


Spain: Smart meters would avoid meter reading hassles, inaccurate bills

Notice posted in the elevator of a Barcelona apartment building. Tenants must write down their current electric meter reading here in order to avoid getting an estimated bill. (Click to enlarge)  Originally posted on 7/19/12 on former eMeter blog By Alicia Carrasco | July 19 2012 In most of Europe it’s just once per year that utilities send staff out to read customer electric meters. However, most customers receive monthly or quarterly bills, based on consumption as estimated by th ...

Alicia Carrasco| Aug 24, 2012

Grid4EU: Key players across Europe collaborate on smart grid innovation

Originally posted on 5/15/12 on former eMeter blog By Alicia Carrasco | May 15 2012 A major new European Union program aims to enhance several major smart grid pilot projects happening around Europe.    The Grid4EU program helps six major European smart grid projects collaborate to spur innovation and enhance results. Grid4EU — a four-year, multi-national project — comprises six smart grid projects by utilities in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Sweden, and the Czech ...

Alicia Carrasco| Aug 24, 2012

How sustainable cities can engage citizens: from London to New York

Originally posted on 4/13/12 on former eMeter blog By Alicia Carrasco | April 13 2012 London offers huge potential to become a truly sustainable city — thanks to smart meters, decentralized energy production, and smart people. I live in London, and am pleased that there are initiatives here which recognize and promote the deployment of smart meters for electricity (and hopefully, soon, water). These efforts note the benefits that smart meters can provide — such as helping people s ...

Alicia Carrasco| Aug 24, 2012

Denmark commits to 100% renewable energy

Originally posted on 4/9/12 on former eMeter blog By Alicia Carrasco | April 9 2012 Recently the government of Denmark committed to shifting half of its total energy consumption to renewable resources in a decade — and to go to 100% renewables by 2050.   Elements of the Danish smart grid, from Energinet/DK report. (Click to enlarge) On March 22 the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Buildings released an agreement to meet half of that nation’s electricity need with win ...