Echelon makes an interesting choice

October 14th, 2014

Over the past year, as the smart meter market has hit the doldrums, we’ve seen a number of grid networking players start to look for opportunities in the “internet of things,” or IOT for short — a broad term that can include everything from smart street lights and building controls to IT-enabled industrial equipment and […]


Could hacked energy devices have a cascading impact on the grid?

October 14th, 2014

A recent podcast in the US dealt with widespread security implications for smart grid consumers, businesses and utilities. Security experts warn of a ‘cascading chain of vulnerability’ as more energy monitoring devices get connected to the web. Hackers at a recent conference demonstrated how to jailbreak a thermostat, override the firmware and take it under […]


ACEEE report on energy efficiency

October 14th, 2014

Energy efficiency technical, economic, and achievable potential studies are complex analytical tools used for quantifying the amount of energy savings a state or utility can achieve over time through a portfolio of programs. Potential studies are used regularly across the country for a variety of purposes, such as to inform program design and energy system […]


Energy efficiency will get better over time

October 14th, 2014

A new report based on information from the fifth-year of Puget Sound Energy’s behavioural-energy efficient program, run in the state of Washington USA, has found that customers are continuing to save energy, and are doing so at a greater rate than before. The report reveals that in 2013 consumers achieved electric savings equivalent to 3% […]


EV makers form smart grid platform for cleverer charging

October 14th, 2014

Eight of the top auto companies have joined forces with energy companies to work out a universal smart grid standard for charging EVs and hybrids. Honda, BMW, Chrysler, GM, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi and Toyota have joined with 15 utility companies to work on the project. The Electric Power Research Institute aims to create a common […]