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Blockchain: Opportunities in the US digital grid market 14 FEBRUARY 2018 Energy market intelligence firm Frost & Sullivan has identified five application opportunities for blockchain technologies in the US digital grid sector. The findings include the use of blockchain in or as a: Billing platform for retail sales and net metering: Blockchain’s functioning as a distributed record of transaction data can be used to create a comprehensive ... Read More »

Utility monitoring systems market: Significant growth anticipated 13 FEBRUARY 2018 Technavio forecasts the global market for power utility monitoring systems to grow by over 6% between 2018 and 2022. Market drivers include successful consumer smart meter awareness programmes in Europe and North America. “Consumer awareness initiatives have helped in increasing the adoption rate of smart meters, thereby creating an opportunity for power utility monitoring system vendors. ... Read More »

White House seeks 72 percent cut to clean energy research, underscoring administration’s preference for fossil fuels

Washington Post By Chris Mooney and Steven Mufson February 1, 2018 Filipinos ride energy efficient electric tricycles during a test drive in Taguig city, south of Manila, Philippines, 12 January 2018. The Department of Energy (DOE) donated 200 units of energy efficient electric tricycles to the affected residents of war-torn Marawi as part of its efforts to help rebuild the ... Read More »

LPWA to connect 140 million smart city sensing devices 6 FEBRUARY 2018 IoT market research firm ON World, forecasts Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networking technologies to connect 140 million smart city sensing devices to low cost multi-kilometer cloud connected networks, over the next five years. The LPWA networking technologies include Sigfox, LoRa, LTE-M and NB-IoT. The research firm predicts the number of IoT connections to reach 141 ... Read More »

N. America: 9.1% market growth, communications infrastructure for digital grid 5 FEBRUARY 2018 Energy market intelligence firm Frost & Sullivan forecasts the market for Digital Grid Communication Infrastructure in North America will increase by 9.1% per annum between 2016 and 2023. The market is expected to generate $1 billion in revenue by 2023. According to the research company, utilities in North America will increasingly deploy smart communication devices to ... Read More »

248.4 million smart meters, 50 emerging markets, billions in revenue 30 JANUARY 2018 Over the next five years, 50 emerging markets will deploy 248.4 million smart electricity meters with an investment total of approximately $34.7 billion. A further $32.8 billion will be invested in additional smart grid infrastructure over the same period, including distribution automation and battery storage, among other segments. Of the 50 countries, 33 have already begun ... Read More »

Salt River Project report reveals 1MW EV charging peak at 5pm 29 JANUARY 2018 As more drivers invest in electric vehicles (EVs), energy consumption due to vehicle charging is expected to increase as well. With an eye on this upward trend, Salt River Project is working with the Electric Power Research Institute on a study to determine how this will impact the grid in the future. Based on results of ... Read More »

New SECC awards recognise utilities’ customer focus 25 JANUARY 2018 Five utility companies have been recognised by the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative (SECC) for implementing customer-focused energy ecosystems. Ameren Illinois has been awarded the Smart Energy Innovation Award for their distributed energy resource-focused microgrid initiative. CenterPoint Energy has been awarded the Culture Transformation Award for nurturing a transition to a more customer-focused company culture. Colorado Springs ... Read More »

Landis+Gyr launches IoT platform for expanded utility applications 24 JANUARY 2018 Landis+Gyr has announced the launch of GridStream Connect, a new highly flexible, next generation IoT platform for utility, consumer and smart city applications. According to a statement, the IoT platform is built to seamlessly and securely integrate smart devices using a variety of communication protocols. Gridstream Connect is designed on IPv6-enabled architecture and support a variety ... Read More »

Role of smart thermostats to grow in future utility operations 23 JANUARY 2018 This week, we look at the global smart thermostats market and how the technology has been adopted in utilities’ demand response initiatives to meet growing energy demands. We discuss factors driving trends within the market and how the utilities’ industry is addressing challenges, which are negatively impacting on the market. Smart thermostats market drivers By using ... Read More »

Key smart city tech to generate $62bn in revenue 19 JANUARY 2018 Revenue generation from 12 key smart city technologies and verticals will increase from $25 billion in 2017 to $62 billion in 2026 says a new report by ABI Research. ABI Research further forecasts the market will witness 11% growth during the forecast period. Dominique Bonte, vice president at ABI Research, said: “Interest in and focus on ... Read More »

$100 million for smart grid pilots in Canada 18 JANUARY 2018 The government of Canada, through the Ministry of Natural Resources, has announced $100 million in funding towards the development of smart grids. The funds are being sourced from a $21.9 billion 2017 budget set aside for the development of smart energy infrastructure through the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Energy and Climate Change. The Ministry of Natural ... Read More »

Analysis: US energy efficiency market grows despite Trump policies 16 JANUARY 2018 This week, we analyse some of the trends within the US energy efficiency market and how players in the segment have kickstarted 2018. “Given 2017, we have reasons to be optimistic about continued progress in energy efficiency,” says Steven Nadel, executive director at the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE). “2018 will be a ... Read More »

Pacific Power kickstarts AMI rollout for Oregon customers 15 JANUARY 2018 US energy provider Pacific Power has started a statewide installation of smart meters for consumers in Oregon state. Pacific Power will equip some 590,000 business and residential consumers with smart meters until the end of 2019. The statewide deployment of the advanced metering infrastructure has started with installation for 9,000 consumers in the Oregon city of ... Read More »

New tariff model to help PG&E expand clean energy portfolio 12 JANUARY 2018 US utility Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) will this April start piloting a Time of Use (ToU) energy tariff model. The pilot will include 150,000 consumers, will increase energy tariff options for energy users and help PG&E customers improve their energy management. The ToU energy tariff model will help the energy provider to stabilise the grid ... Read More »

Itron acquisition in drive to innovation and growth in IoT 8 JANUARY 2018 Industry-defining acquisition advances ability to deliver more value-added services and outcomes-based solutions to utilities and smart cities worldwide Itron, which specialises in technology and services dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water, has announced that it has completed its acquisition of Silver Spring Networks. The acquisition enhances Itron’s capabilities of delivering highly-secure value-generating solutions ... Read More »

New structure for U.S. Department of Energy 5 JANUARY 2018 The US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced a plan to modernise its organisational structure to prioritise the policies of the Trump administration. The department will be re-organised by the Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, under the DoE Organisation Act. According to a statement, re-organising the DoE will ensure the department is able to sustain the ... Read More »

Wisconsin Public Service in grid modernisation programme 4 JANUARY 2018 Wisconsin Public Service Company has chosen Landis+Gyr to provide a multi-purpose advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) network platform for advanced metering and grid modernisation. Based in Green Bay, Wisconsin Public Service serves more than 450,000 electric customers and more than 326,000 natural gas customers in northeast and central Wisconsin and an adjacent portion of Upper Michigan. The ... Read More »

Mixed messages from US Department of Energy on renewables? 4 JANUARY 2018 The US Department of Energy’s recent investment into solar research funding has added further confusion regarding the Trump Administration’s true attitude towards renewable energy. Just before Christmas, the DoE announced a $12 million investment into eight research projects, designed to advance predictive modelling capabilities for solar generation. The aim is to close the research gap that ... Read More »

US utilities reduce HVAC consumption by 85% 22 DECEMBER 2017 Tendril has announced the results of its Orchestrated Energy Summer 2017 rollouts within distribution networks owned by Indiana Michigan Power and Xcel Energy. According to Tendril, its solution helped reduce HVAC energy consumption by 85% during demand response events. The technology also doubled the efficiency of smart thermostats. On days when Orchestrated Energy was in control ... Read More »

Waco City Council approves $12 million smart metering contract 20 DECEMBER 2017 In the US, the Waco City Council has approved a $12 million contract for a smart water meter system which will enable real-time monitoring of water use by households and businesses in the city. About 12,000 water meters which are due for an upgrade will be replaced, while the city’s other 34,000 will need to be ... Read More »

Utilities in the US increase customer satisfaction by 10 points 18 DECEMBER 2017 Electric utilities in the US have increased overall customer satisfaction by 10 points from 2016 levels. This is according to an online survey, Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction study, comprising 19,000 consumers with monthly energy bills above $200. The study was conducted by J.D Power between February and October with customers across 87 utilities, all of ... Read More »

Ravalli Electric Co-op undertakes complete AMI system overhaul 13 DECEMBER 2017 When the power goes out in the mountains of rural Montana, Joe Smith and the staff at Ravalli Electric Co-op can sometimes go for weeks without hearing about it. With an aging advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system that creates challenges in communicating with the electricity meters in these remote locations, Smith’s hands are often tied. “Our ... Read More »

Ecuador signs MoU on smart energy adoption 11 DECEMBER 2017 In Ecuador, the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on energy security and smart energy adoption with the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES). The IEEE Power and Energy Society will develop a framework, which the ministry will implement to address challenges associated with changes in energy demand, generation, ... Read More »

Energy regulator approves tariff reduction for Ameren customers 12 DECEMBER 2017 US utility Ameren Illinois has secured approval from the Illinois Commerce Commission to reduce its energy tariffs in January 2018. The energy company will reduce it’s tariffs for residential consumers by $1.70. The decrease is the second in two consecutive years. Today’s announcement marks the second consecutive and fifth overall rate decrease since the landmark Energy ... Read More »

Indirect investment to help China Mobile increase 4G subscribers 8 DECEMBER 2017 State-owned telecommunication corporation, China Mobile, has announced plans to issue $303 million in subsidies towards the development of IoT devices. China Mobile will issue 50% of the subsidies to developers of narrow-band IoT modules and the other half to developers of 4G IoT modules. The subsidies are aimed at reducing the prices of IoT devices. Decreases ... Read More »

Demand response for renewables integration worth $1.3bn by 2026 8 DECEMBER 2017 Navigant Research forecasts the global market for demand response for renewables integration will generate $1.3 billion in revenue in 2026. Brett Feldman, principal research analyst with Navigant Research, commented: “Increasing penetration of intermittent renewable generation on the grid raises the risk of supply-demand imbalance, so grid operators will increasingly turn to DRRI as one resource to ... Read More »

EPRI compliance event certifies two vendors of DERMS 8 DECEMBER 2017 The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has issued the first-ever certificates for compliance to two vendors of distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS). The certification of compliance to standards ensures the systems will be able to communicate with the grid and the utility. Schneider Electric and Smarter Grid Solutions received certification for the Ecostruxure ADMS Version ... Read More »

First Energy awaits greenlight to upgrade Ohio distribution networks 6 DECEMBER 2017 Subsidiaries of First Energy in the US state of Ohio have filed a smart grid proposal with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Ohio Edison, Cleveland Electric illuminating and Toledo Edison are planning to spend $450 million in modernising energy distribution networks over a period of three years. The investment will help First Energy Utilities to ... Read More »

Energy efficiency survey highlights drivers for investment 5 DECEMBER 2017 Greenhouse gas emissions reduction and energy security are now the largest drivers for investment in the US and Canada according to the 2017 Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) survey. A survey group of 1,500 facility and management executives in the US, Canada and 10 other countries indicates that 70% of organisations are paying more attention ... Read More »

OG&E launches new customer engagement options 1 DECEMBER 2017 US energy provider, Oklahama Gas & Electric (OG&E), has expanded its customer communications suite. OG&E announced its new customer engagement option ‘myOGEalerts’, which will enable them to use text, email and phone to send notifications regarding service delivery. Terena Boyer, director customer operations, commented: “On average during a one-year period, customers have power 99.97 percent of ... Read More »

IoT networks to connect 12 billion smart devices by 2027 27 NOVEMBER 2017 Energy market intelligence firm IDTechEx forecasts more than 12 billion smart devices will be connected to Internet of Things (IoT) networks over the next decade. In a new study, IDTechEx found an increase in deployment of Low Power Wide Area Networks and Wireless Personal Area Networks over the past four years. The majority of IoT networks ... Read More »

Meralco embarks on digital transformation 27 NOVEMBER 2017 ower distributor Manila Electric Company (Meralco) is adopting new technologies to deliver enhanced customer experience and improve grid reliability as part of its digital transformation starting this year. “Meralco has invested heavily in new technologies as we undergo a digital transformation of our company. We will soon be launching a whole new digital customer experience more ... Read More »

Virginia extends grid reliability efforts with CPower 20 NOVEMBER 2017 In the US, the Commonwealth of Virginia has extended a demand response contract with demand-side management firm CPower Energy through to 2020. CPower has operated demand response initiatives in partnership with the Virginia Division of Energy’s Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) over the past three years. In 2017, the two achieved 78MW of demand ... Read More »

IoT lighting revenue grows to $4.5 billion by 2026 17 NOVEMBER 2017 According to new research, the IoT lighting market is expected to deliver revenue of $4.5 billion by 2026, up from $651.1 million in 2017. Opportunities for energy and operational cost savings, occupant health and well-being, and insights from data analytics are driving this market forward. Commenting on the global IoT lighting market, Krystal Maxwell, research analyst ... Read More »

IIoT devices, services and software drive IoT market 16 NOVEMBER 2017 A new report from Navigant Research has determined that global revenue for IIoT devices will total more than $1 trillion between 2017 and 2027. The report, which examines the IIoT market, providing global forecasts, segmented by region and sector, through 2027, predicts the cumulative revenue across IIoT devices, software and services. According to a company release, ... Read More »

New York state gov directs $12m towards energy efficiency initiative 16 NOVEMBER 2017 The New York state government announced $12 million in investment towards improving energy efficiency in industrial and multi-family buildings. The investment will be used by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to expand the implementation of the Real Time Energy Management (RTEM) programme. The RTEM will increase the rollout of sensors, smart meters ... Read More »

Real-time pricing could have saved consumers 13% on bills 15 NOVEMBER 2017 A saving of 13.2% or $86.63 annually could have been saved by electricity consumers if they had participated in a ‘real-time pricing’ programme, says a new research report released by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). 97% of a sample of Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) customers would have saved money if they had participated in a programme in ... Read More »

Michigan: a $5.5m smart city pilot programme is underway 13 NOVEMBER 2017 A major city in the US state of Michigan has selected a subsidiary of AV1 Group to design and implement a smart city programme. XFIRE Smart Systems is designing a $5.5 million framework that the city will use in deploying a smart city pilot. The project designer is partnering with LED lighting solutions firm Apollo Smart ... Read More »

Utility customer engagement spending to exceed $5bn 10 NOVEMBER 2017 Websites with self-service capabilities, mobile applications, and online chat support are just a few of the utility customer engagement channels now considered standard A new report analyses the market for utility customer engagement solutions across the web, call center, billing, and outage notification segments, providing forecasts into sector growth through 2026. According to the report, by ... Read More »

TNB compliments energy efficiency initiative with new online tool 20 OCTOBER 2017 In Malaysia, the Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) launched a home energy management system (HEMS) to help consumers improve energy efficiency and reduce energy costs. According to a statement, TNB through its subsidiary, TNB Energy Services, unveiled the online HEMS maevi. The online tool will enable consumers to monitor and manage their energy bills, through remote operation ... Read More »

Apple Teams With GE To Outfit iPhones And iPads With Industrial IoT Apps

CRN byKyle Alspach on October 18, 2017 Apple and GE are diving deeper into the Internet of Things space with a new partnership aimed at getting industrial IoT apps onto Apple’s popular mobile devices. The partnership extends Apple’s efforts to engage with the enterprise space while also furthering GE’s major industrial IoT initiative. The companies said GE’s industrial IoT platform, ... Read More »

The energy-driven smart home has arrived

UtilityDive Sept. 28, 2017 DTE Energy and Powerley harness the power of home energy management for both consumers and utilities Prologue: A Transactional Relationship with Energy In the last two years, energy management has taken a giant evolutionary leap. In the past, our engagement with energy usage followed a monthly cadence, leaving us with little opportunity to take action. Like ... Read More »

How Much Fuel Does It Take To Power The World?

Forbes Artificial lights strongly overlap with the concentrations of Earth’s population, showing the locations of light pollution, but also showcasing how widespread our energy use is. Over the past few centuries, the quality of life for the overwhelming majority of the world has increased precipitously. Amenities brought by the widespread availability and distribution of electricity have brought us into the ... Read More »

DTE Energy and Vectorform Expand Powerley Energy Saving App in Royal Oak April 27, 2016 Powerley, a partnership formed by DTE Energy and Royal Oak-based Vectorform to pioneer the way homeowners manage their energy through a smartphone app, has grown its operation in the last year and is now employing nearly 20 employees. Powerley also moved into new office space in downtown Royal Oak. The company’s technology platform connects a homeowner’s ... Read More »

American Electric Power migrates to new meter data management system 17 July 2017 In the US, the American Electric Power upgraded its meter data management software to improve its operations and customer services. According to a statement, American Electric Power partnered with Red Clay Consulting to successfully upgrade its meter data management software. The project included the integration of consumer historical energy usage data and profiles with the new ... Read More »

AEP Ohio provides residential customers with energy management solution 13 July 2017 US utility AEP Ohio partnered with energy management firm Powerley to help its residential customers improve their energy efficiency. Under the partnership, the utility company is providing its 1.5 million residential customers with Powerley’s home energy management solution to enable them to control the energy consumption of home appliances in real-time. The home energy management solution ... Read More »

The Appalling Delusion of 100 Percent Renewables, Exposed

National Review by Robert Bryce June 24, 2017 The National Academy of Science refutes Mark Jacobson’s dream that our economy can run exclusively on ‘green’ energy.. Installing solar panels on a home in San Diego, Calif. (Reuters photo: Mike Blake) The idea that the U.S. economy can be run solely with renewable energy — a claim that leftist politicians, environmentalists, ... Read More »

Report examines use of AMI data for energy efficiency measurement 23 June 2017 A new Navigant Research study examines whether North American utilities can leverage data from AMI to change the way energy efficiency programme measurement is conducted. According to Navigant Research, many North American utilities remain unsure about the possibilities of analytic techniques and data granularity, and this uncertainty is compounded by the fact that new firms seem ... Read More »