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The Department of Energy (DOE) has recognized Los Angeles as a leader in the Department’s Better Buildings Challenge, which has led to reducing the city’s energy costs while cutting greenhouse gas emissions. As part of the Challenge, Los Angeles has pledged to reduce the energy consumed in 30 million square feet of city-owned and private buildings by 20 percent by 2020.
Itron has released a global survey of the state of the utility industry. The inaugural “Itron Resourcefulness Index,” concludes that the energy industry at a critical fork in the road, with 94 percent of utility executives believing the industry needs to be transformed and 80 percent of consumers dissatisfied with the amount of information the utility provides them.
Honeywell, in collaboration with Stor Generation, has launched an innovative smart grid program in the U.K that will temporarily reduce energy use in commercial and industrial facilities, combining the excess power to help stabilize the electrical grid, reduce carbon emissions, and promote renewable energy commitments.
The Corporate Knights’ 2014 Global 100 (Global 100) Most Sustainable Corporations in the World index has named Centrica the second in the UK and the 26th overall. Now in its 10th year, the Global 100 is considered by many in the industry to be a reliable in corporate sustainability analysis. Centrica has appeared in the Global 100 since its inception and has improved its position from 32nd in 2013 to 26th at the start of 2014. Additionally, in December 2013, Centrica topped the list of Corporate Knights Top Ten Most Sustainable Utilities in the World
Saskatchewan’s provincial electric and natural gas utilities will deploy a Sensus communication network and almost one million electric meters and gas modules as part of an ambitious advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project. Sensus will install its FlexNet communication network throughout the province’s 600,000 square kilometer service territory.
The city of Skiatook, Oklahoma, has announced plans to implement GE’s advanced Grid IQTM solutions as a service (SaaS) grid-modernization technology. The SaaS solution gives cities and utilities the benefits of a modern grid without incurring the overhead expenses associated with developing their own smart grid networks.
In a new survey, 61 percent of energy executives polled say they consider security to be a significant problem for the smart grid, and nearly two-thirds believe that the grid is not prepared for security threats. However, only eight percent of utilities plan to invest more than $5 million in cyber security technologies over the next five years.
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.
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.
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.