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Ofgem Responds to Falling Consumer Confidence

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 13:27
New research by the consumer group Which? found that overall customer satisfaction for energy companies has fallen to a new low of 41 percent, an eight percent year-to-tear drop. Survey participants gave the UK’s six largest energy companies received the six lowest scores.

Enel Signs New Deal

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 13:23
Enel is working with Svimez, the association for the industrial development of Southern Italy, signed a two-year agreement to work on projects that encourage the development of renewable energy and promote better energy efficiency practices. Both parties have agreed to lend 100 thousand Euros towards the program, which may also receive third party funding.

Driverless Cars the New Must-Have Appliance

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:19
By Kathleen Tracy The definition of appliance is an electrical device within the home that is time and/or labor saving. It could be argued that the new generation of digitzed, home-connected, power-generating cars are a new kind of appliance. Where automobiles were imagined as an electric horse of sorts completely under human control, car are becoming more automatic and do more than simply move us from point A to point B. At the recent Consumer Electronics show, exhibitors showed off a driverless car that made it clear the stuff of 20th century sci-fi is 21st reality.

Extreme Weather Forces New York to Upgrade Energy Supply

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:18
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently introduced a new $17 billion strategy designed to better protect the state from extreme weather by upgrading New York’s infrastructure, transportation networks, energy supply, coastal protection, weather warning system, and emergency management.  

SmartEnergy IP Introduces Customer Education Solution

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:18
SmartEnergy IP has announced the launch of the first of its kind smart grid customer education model, which provides a common framework for utilities to educate customers on the benefits of smart grid as well as encouraging close collaboration and communication between IT, metering, and marketing departments within utilities.

Kamstrup to Provide Smart Meters in Denmark

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:17
A consortium of eight Danish utilities called the MV Group has selected Kamstrup to provide 153,000 smart meters over a three-year period. The commitment to smart meters is designed to prepare for the smart grid by enabling crucial optimizations of grid management and administration.

Landis+Gyr Selected for German Smart Meter Pilot

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:17
Landis+Gyr is partnering with EnBW to test state-of-the-art smart metering systems. The collaboration will be the first time a smart metering system meets German regulatory mandates regarding end-consumer protection and security.

GEO Launches Solution for Retail Energy Management

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 18:17
Green Energy Options (GEO) has launched its connected system architecture that enables service providers to build customized, own-brand energy management solutions for their retail customers. GEO’s components provide a consistent and integrated in-home, online, and mobile consumer experience.

Dacor Introduces Wi-Fi Connected Wall Oven

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 18:16
It used to be that yachts and foreign sports cars were a measure of conspicuous consumption. Now it’s all about whose got the smarter appliances. At the recent Consumer electronics Show, Dacor introduced its 30” Discovery iQ, the world’s first wall oven to feature the integrated Discovery iQ Controller for Android.

LG Doubles Down on Smart Appliances

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 18:16
One of the largest exhibits at the recent Consumer electronics Show was LG, who displayed a wide range of devices, from re-imagined 3D televisions to a portfolio of smart appliances that use the company’s Home Chat smart platform.

Enel Signs MoU in Mexico

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 18:15
Enel chief executive officer Fulvio Conti and José Luis Fernàndez Zayas, Executive Director of the Instituto de Investigaciones Eléctricas have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at cooperation in geothermal generation as well as smart grids. The signing ceremony took place in Mexico City at the presidential palace.

Google Adds Nest Labs to Its Tech Hardware Acquisitions

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 18:15
On the heels of the Consumer Electronics Show, Google announced it has agreed to purchase tech hardware company Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in cash. At least for the present, Tony Fadell will continue to lead Nest and the company will retain its distinct brand identity. 

Smart Appliances Proliferating

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 18:14
Just as home entertainment systems drove cable services in the United States, smart appliances are showing consumers the practical value of wireless technology in ways smart meters can’t. The array of smart appliances on display at the Consumer Electronics Show sometimes seems straight out of The Jetson’s.

Pay-TV Industry Announces Energy Saving Set-Top Box Standards

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 20:06
In a precedent-setting collaboration between the pay-TV industry, the consumer electronics industry, and energy efficiency advocates have developed non-regulatory energy efficiency standards for pay-TV set-top boxes.

Massachusetts Makes Smart Meters Mandatory

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 20:06
The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has issued an order that will require the state’s major utilities to submit a 10-year grid modernization plan (GMP) by summer 2014 that includes smart metering with advanced functionality such as outage detection and restoration, smart appliance communication and control, and power quality support, and voltage reduction.

Wi-SUN Announces New Members

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 20:05
The Wi-SUN Alliance, which promotes standards compliance and interoperability testing of smart utility networks, has announced the addition of several new members including Huawei and Cisco Systems, the latter also joining the Wi-SUN Board of Directors alongside existing directors from Analog Devices, Fuji Electric, Murata Manufacturing, Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Omron Corp., Osaki Electric, Renesas Electronics, and Silver Spring Networks.

FERC, Idaho PUC Come to Terms

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 20:04
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has signed a memorandum of agreement with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to dismiss their court claims related to interpretation and enforcement of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA).

Siemens to Develop First Utility-Scale Wind Farm in U.S

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 20:03
Cape Wind has contracted Siemens to develop a 468MW offshore wind farm. The project is valued at $2.6 billion. When operational the facility reportedly will be the United States’ first utility-scale offshore wind farm. 

Iberdrola Renewables Proposes New Hampshire Wind Farm

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 20:02
Iberdrola Renewables has petitioned the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) to build a new wind farm in the state. If approved, the 75.9 megawatt (MW) Wild Meadows Wind Farm would become Iberdrola’s third wind power project in New Hampshire. The previous two facilities became operational in 2008 and 2012.

RenaSolar Lands PV Project in Japan

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 19:57
ReneSola has signed a contract to supply 420MW of solar panels to a leading Japanese-based solar project developer. Specifically, ReneSola’s Virtus II 300W 72-cell high-efficiency polycrystalline PV panels will be installed in more than 10 ground-mounted power plants in the mountain regions of Japan. The PV panels will provide power to the surrounding residential homes.