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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 »

US utility trials LoRa enabled electric meters 21 June 2017 In the US, Northeast Nebraska Public Power District partnered with Vision Metering to deploy a smart meter pilot project. According to a statement issued by Vision Metering, Northeast Nebraska Public Power District is the first utility to deploy the company’s electric meters equipped with the LoRa IoT communications technology. Northeast Nebraska Public Power District provides utility ... Read More »

2.7m data science and analytics jobs to be created by 2020 – report 19 June 2017 A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report forecasts that 2.7 million data science and analytics jobs will be created by 2020. PwC states that data-driven organisations are eager to gain operational insights that support strategic decision, adding that data science “is one of the fastest-growing interdisciplinary fields of work globally.” In a release, stated, “governments and organisations ... Read More »

Clay Electric Co-op selects OMNETRIC for MDM system integration 14 June 2017 OMNETRIC Group has been contracted by Clay Electric Cooperative, one of the largest cooperatives in the United States, to implement a meter data management system. The meter data management system, which is based on Siemens EnergyIP and is currently being deployed as part of the co-op’s AMI rollout, is expected to enable Clay Electric improve its ... Read More »

Small modular reactors: fast-tracking fission

ICE 29 May, 2017 Small modular nuclear reactors offer a fast way to get fission power into the energy mix. John Earp introduces a new themed issue of the ICE Energy journal on the latest developments. Rolls Royce’s proposed SMR power stations would be a tenth the size of conventional nuclear sites. The Institution of Civil Engineers has just published ... Read More »

SGCC survey provides insight to customer engagement behaviours 2 June 2017 The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) has released an update to its flagship “Consumer Pulse” survey. The SGCC survey revealed insights on what smart grid benefits are the most important to consumers; how willing consumers are to pay for benefits associated with the smart grid; what utility programs are garnering the most consumer interest; and what ... Read More »

Duke Energy secures regulatory approval to deploy AMI and AMR meters 1 June 2017 US energy provider Duke Energy Kentucky received approval from the Kentucky Public Service Commission to deploy its smart meter project. In a press statement, Duke Energy Kentucky said the approval of its smart meters project will enable the installation of 143,000 advanced (AMI) electric meters and 103,000 automated meter reading (AMR) gas meters. Duke Energy Kentucky, ... Read More »

Arkansas utility to modernise distribution networks with AMI tech 24 May 2017 In the US state of Arkansas, Conway Corporation plans to implement an advanced metering infrastructure to improve its water and electricity services. In a press statement, the utility company said it will install advanced electric meters, smart water meters as well as a two-way mesh radio network and communication modules to provide connectivity to the new ... Read More »

US utility plans rollout of 230,000 AMI units 18 May 2017 In the US, Orange and Rockland Utilities will begin installing smart electric meters for all of its customers in Orange and Sullivan Counties from 2018. According to a local publication, the energy company will start the installation of some 230, 000 smart electric meters to help its customers track their energy usage in real-time. In addition, ... Read More »

Tennessee utility deploys 500,000 Sensus smart meters 17 May 2017 In the US, Dickson Electric Systems said it deployed some 500,000 electric meters provided by Sensus under efforts to improve its billing accuracy. In a press statement, Darrell Gillespie, general manager at Dickson Electric System, said: “Stratus meters are essential to our metering strategy. The meters enable Dickson Electric System to send to its customers monthly ... Read More »

PNM signs contract for rollout of 15MW DR programme 15 MAY 2017 In the US, the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) selected Enbala Power Networks for the management of its 2018 demand response programme. In a statement, PNM said the distributed energy resource technology firm agreed to administer the utility’s Peak Saver demand response initiative in 2018 once the programme is approved by the New Mexico ... Read More »

Con Edison selects ICF for rollout of residential energy efficiency projects 2 May 2017 US utility Con Edison selected consulting firm ICF for the planning and management of its energy efficiency programmes for residential customers. In a statement, Con Edison said it signed a $13.6 million contract for ICF to design and market the utility’s energy efficiency programmes for residential consumers for the next three years. The consulting firm will ... Read More »

US utility co-op selects Silver Spring for grid connectivity 11 May 2017 The Golden Valley Electric Association will use Silver Spring Networks’ communications technology to provide connectivity for smart meters and other grid devices. In a combined statement, the solutions provider said it is providing the utility with its IPv6 communications technology for connectivity of the utility’s advanced metering infrastructure in Alaska. Silver Spring Networks will start deploying ... Read More »

Smart water meters hold lion share of US municipal water investment 8 MAY 2017 The municipal water sector in the US is forecast to spend over $20 billion in software, data, and analytics solutions over the next decade. According to its findings, Bluefield Research states that more than 40 companies are positioning to deploy state-of-the-art solutions to enable more advanced levels of system intelligence, real-time network visibility, energy efficiency and ... Read More »

The Public Service Company of New Mexico plans for coal-free future 4 MAY 2017 PNM conducted a routine assessment of future power supply scenarios, through which it found that “the best version of its future self…was entirely coal-free.” Julie McNamara writes in blog post for the Union of Concerned Scientists, “PNM’s vision of the future leaves viable renewable resources and energy efficiency opportunities on the table, and leans too heavily ... Read More »

Washington utility holding company announces 2025 sustainability targets 5 MAY 2017 WGL, parent company of Washington Gas Light Company announced its sustainability targets for 2025 as well as new clean energy initiatives. According to a release, WGL plans to achieve carbon neutral fleet and facilities operations, reduce emission intensity of its natural gas distribution system by 38% (against a 2008 baseline), and enable customers to avoid 18 ... Read More »

US utility co-op automates management of energy efficiency portfolio 4 MAY 2017 Missouri River Energy Services selected cloud-based demand side management solutions firm energyOrbit to help its members manage their energy efficiency projects. In a press statement, Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) said it selected energyOrbit’s demand side management platform to automate recording and management of energy efficiency projects being deployed by the agency’s 60 member municipal utilities ... Read More »

Monetizing opportunities for smart meter data 2 MAY 2017 According to business transformation company EXL, connected home, work and digital cities will create a $731.7 billion market opportunity for utilities by 2020. In its latest whitepaper ‘Monetising Opportunities for Smart meter data’ the research firm analysis financial benefits resulting from the use of smart meters. Through the use of smart meter data, utility companies have ... Read More »

Entergy Arkansas launches new DR programme with Comverge 27 APRIL 2017 US utility Entergy Arkansas selected cloud-based energy management solutions provider Comverge for the rollout of a demand response pilot programme. Called the ‘Bring your own device’ (BYOD), the demand response programme enables customers of Entergy Arkansas to purchase Wi-fi contolled smart thermostats to reduce energy usage during peak demand periods. Dave Neal, CEO of Comverge said: ... Read More »

Alabama to deploy smart neighbourhood pilot programme 26 APRIL 2017 Alabama Power announced its plans to deploy a smart grid pilot under efforts to be able to offer customised solutions to improve energy efficiency in their homes. The US utility is collaborating with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to deploy the smart grid pilot ‘Smart Neighbourhood’ to its consumers residing in the Hoover community of Signature ... Read More »

Energy department announces participants of 2017 SBV pilot 26 APRIL 2017 The US Department of Energy (DoE) announced the participants in the first round of its Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot programme. Under the SBV programme, the energy department provides national laboratories with funding to collaborate with small businesses in researching and developing innovative energy technologies. The pilot aims to help small businesses to overcome challenges in ... Read More »

PG&E updates online marketplace for energy efficient household appliances 21 APRIL 2017 PG&E updates online marketplace for energy efficient household appliances US utility Pacific Gas and Electric has announced the launch of the updated PG&E Marketplace with a new user interface and design. According to a release, PG&E Marketplace is an easy and user-friendly website for customers to find energy-saving appliances and consumer electronics. PG&E Marketplace allows customers ... Read More »

Global energy efficiency spending to reach $56bn by 2026 10 MARCH 2017 A new report by Navigant Research forecasts government and utility spending on energy efficiency programmes to reach $56 billion by 2026 globally. Government and utility spending on energy efficiency initiatives are expected to increase globally under efforts to reduce energy consumption levels and costs to help utility firms to improve the reliability of their grid networks ... Read More »

FirstEnergy launches campaign on energy efficiency 20 APRIL 2017 US utility holding firm FirstEnergy launched a multimedia campaign to brand itself as a company focused on helping its consumers improve their energy efficiency. Under the campaign, FirstEnergy will create radio, television and billboard adverts highlighting services and programmes underway to help its customers reduce their energy usage and costs. In a press statement, FirstEnergy said ... Read More »

Texas-New Mexico Power AMI migrates to Itron Total Outcomes 12 APRIL 2017 Texas-New Mexico Power (TNMP) will migrate its entire AMI system, including meter data management and data collection, as well as analytics to be managed by Itron. According to a release, the move will allow TNMP to keep its resources focused on core business operations. TNMP is an electricity transmission and distribution service provider to about 245,000 ... Read More »

PNM selects Comverge for rollout of DR initiative 11 APRIL 2017 The Public Service of New Mexico (PNM) selected cloud-based energy conservation solutions provider Comverge for the rollout of a demand response programme. In a combined statement, Comverge said it was selected to manage the utility’s demand response project with targets to save 60MW during peak periods over a period of five years. The demand response project ... Read More »

University students from UAE develop smart utility meter reader 3 APRIL 2017 Students from the American University of Sharjah developed a ‘smart utility meter reader’ allowing homeowners and utilities to check the status of meters at any time. The utility meter reader is able to monitor the status of meters at any time and any location, reports Trade Arabia News. The project was declared the winner of the ... Read More »

Cellular IoT device shipments to reach 530.1m units in 2022 3 APRIL 2017 According to IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, global shipments of cellular IoT devices will grow at a CAGR of 22.7% to reach 530.1m units in 2022. The strong growth is attributed to demand in China and the global adoption of connected car technology in the automotive industry. Berg Insight believes that “the maturity if the ecosystem ... Read More »

Energy efficiency measures help Con Edison save 160,200 MWh in 2016 30 MARCH 2017 US energy distribution company Con Edison announced energy savings achieved through its energy efficiency programmes deployed in 2016. In a press statement, the utility said its energy efficiency measures implemented in 2016 helped reduce consumer energy bills and carbon emissions, as well as improved the utility’s customer services. Funding and benefits of energy efficiency measures In ... Read More »

BGE residential bills down by 25% this winter 23 MARCH 2017 In the US, Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) reported that its residential customer bills were reduced by 25% this winter compared to winter bills two years ago. The utility says that the 25% reduction translates to an average customer savings of $72 per month during the past winter. According to a release, customers also used less ... Read More »

AMI pilot to help North Marin Water District understand smart meter benefits 23 MARCH 2017 In the US, the North Marin Water District kicked off a pilot project to test the ability of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) to improving its billing processes. Under the $850,000 AMI project, the utility district installed some 200 smart water meters and 26 antennas to provide connectivity between the smart meters and the utility headquarters. The ... Read More »

Smart city solutions and services market to reach $97.6bn by 2026 – report 17 MARCH 2017 A new report issued by Navigant Research forecasts the global market for smart city solutions and services to generate $97.6 billion by 2026. The market intelligence firm predicts the 250 smart city projects currently under deployment in 178 cities to generate $40.1 billion in revenue by the end of 2017. According to the report, global cities ... Read More »

85m smart meters to be installed annually by 2025 – report 23 FEBRUARY 2017 Energy market intelligence firm Frost and Sullivan predicts that the global smart meter installation rate will reach 85 million annually by 2025. Increased implementation of regulatory initiatives especially in Europe will drive the growth of the smart meters market stimulated by efforts to reduce utilities’ non-technical losses, improve billing accuracy and expand renewable energy portfolios. Malavika ... Read More »

Energy Management Startup Bidgely Raises $16.6 Million In B Round November 13th, 2015 by Jake Richardson The California energy management startup Bidgely has raised $16.6 million in a series B round of funding to help expand its product suite. Constellation Technology Ventures, the venture capital arm of Exelon Corporation, E.ON (EOAN:GR) RWE (RWE:GR), and Khosla Ventures are some of the investors. The company also wants to grow its European ... Read More »

Washington utility district approves smart meter proposal 2 MARCH 2017 The US county of Jefferson in Washington state is set to replace existing analogue electric meters with smart meters in a move to modernise its billing processes. The development is a result of this week’s approval of a proposal to implement the smart meter installation project by the Jefferson County Public Utility District (PUD) Commission. The ... Read More »

California city to upgrade metering infrastructure 14 DECEMBER 2016 The US city of Pasadena in California plans to replace its existing automated meter reading (AMR) system with an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system. The advanced metering project is expected to help the city improve its water and electricity billing system through the provision of a two-way communication between the city’s public service department and consumers. ... Read More »