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OfflineJill Feblowitz

It has been a long time in coming, but utilities will now be able to get more transparency into their exposure in the market through the Energy Data Hub. What this means for the energy companies that contribute is that they will have access to both physical and financial trading data. This is a boon for those companies that currently do not have a full picture of the market.

The Energy Data Hub began as an initiative of the Committee of Chief Risk Offers (CCRO). These risk officers representing energy companies - there was a strong U.S. based utility contingent - came together post-Enron to help the industry do a better job of managing risk. The CCRO was instrumental in defining the trading process from deal capture to settlement. This body went on to develop a white paper on best practice in price reporting in 2004 where the concept of a shared data repository was…

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OfflineJill Feblowitz

The next generation of smart building technology is incubating at the Responsive Environments Group at the MIT Media Lab. The intent is to make buildings more responsive to occupants. Here's what is in store for the future as described in the News Digest of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning:

Relight:  This is a "gesture" based system.  The building occupant points a wireless handheld device at a light fixture to select it, then rotates the device to dim the light.

WristQue:  This is a bracelet embedded with sensors that allows atuomated controls to react to the location of individuals where they are in a room or building to adjust lighting and HVAC to the preferences of the wearers in a certain location. 

Doppellab: A virtual environment that represents the multi-modal sensor…

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OfflineAdam Ajzensztejn

Ok, so the Lejondals castle, just North West of Stockholm is not that old, it only dates back to 1892. However, it will provide the setting for next week's 2nd annual IDC Pan-European Utilities Executive Summit, "Getting the Most out of the New Normal". I'm a true believer of looking at the past to draw inspiration for the future and have faith that the historic surroundings of Lejondals castle will bring out the best of our delegates in their discussions of the "new".

This will be my first IDC Energy Insights summit, my first time in Sweden and my first ever summit in a castle, so for me, it will surely be a new and exciting experience all round. I'll provide an update post-summit, but for now, I wanted to share my thoughts and explore the anticipated highlights.

The by-invitation only event will continue to foster a collaborative setting to merge the IT and business worlds. The summit will address key challenges facing the energy industry, now and in the…

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OfflineRobert Eastman

The Washington, DC-based Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) has just released their 70+ page report "Cybersecurity and the North American Electric Grid".

The BPC's Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative includes some 25 members, chaired by:

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OfflineSam Levine

In a recent study, the Energy Research Council surveyed 1,254 middle market companies concerning their interest and actions towards reducing energy use. One interesting outcome from the survey is that almost two-thirds of the respondents (63%) either had no interest or only moderate interest in Demand Response programs. Further, only 9% are currently participating in these programs. For owners or operators of smart buildings, not evaluating and including the potential benefits of demand response programs could be a missed opportunity.

Demand Response programs, whether implemented directly with a local utility or through a demand response aggregator monetizes the ability of a customer to shift electricity load during periods of peak demand.  The value of the incentive is tied to the amount of energy that is reliably able to be reduced when needed.  Buildings today that participate in Demand Response programs typically receive day-ahead notifications of upcoming events, and take largely manual steps to respond to these events. …

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OfflineAdam Ajzensztejn

The 18th annual CleanTech international summit and exhibition for Water Technologies, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Recycling, Green Transportation and Green Building, was held near Tel Aviv, Israel earlier this week. Second only to the US in its concentration of startups per capita, Israeli startups have often focused on the cleantech sector, driven by the country’s (up until recent) absence of natural resources and its turbulent geopolitical situation, both of which have led the country to pursue aspects of self-sufficiency. This has resulted for instance in Israel being a world leader in water resource management and solar water heater deployment. Often referred to, by the monikers "the start-up nation" and "Silicon Wadi", the county serves as a great platform to observe local and global cleantech developments.

Along with the usual exhibition stands promoting their wares and the sideline seminars, common to such events, CleanTech 2014 kicked-off with a fascinating inaugural session on the challenges facing Smart Cities over the coming two decades. Greetings and introductions were given by a number of government ministers and thought leaders, to be followed by a lively panel discussion involving cleantech companies and academics. Throughout, a range of opinions were expressed, with the common…

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OfflineAdam Ajzensztejn

Nest Labs, a company bent on reinventing mundane everyday home devices for the present day, which is at the forefront of commercializing products for the "connected home" and "Internet-of-things," is to be acquired by Google for $3.2 billion, it was announced earlier this week. Does this mark Google's pursuit for dominance of our homes as well as the Web, the road, and robots?

Nest Labs has developed and brought to market the "Nest Learning Thermostat" and "Nest Protect," a smoke and carbon monoxide sensor and alarm, which are considered forerunners to the myriad of gadgets expected to control the homes of the future using wireless connectivity, automation, and machine-to-machine (M2M) communication. Founded in 2010, the start-up reached wide acclaim for its self-learning thermostat, which received special attention last week in our IDC Energy Insights study, Business…

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OfflineRoberta Bigliani

Last week, we released and presented in a live webcast, our IDC Energy Insights 2014 Top 10 Predictions for the Worldwide Utilities industry.

Despite regional nuances, the globally utilities industry is in the midst of a major paradigm shift. Overall, we think that flexibility and innovation are the 'new normal' in which utilities must operate. Digital technologies and distributed generation are at the cornerstone of the transformation across the entire value chain. 

Alas, the industry is not only transforming, it is also under pressure. In North America, energy consumption, and therefore utility revenues, is down, but utilities…

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OfflineAdam Ajzensztejn

Things are heating up in the new ‘FIA Formula E Championship’, the first-ever Formula electric car championship. The announcement earlier this week that team ‘Venturi Grand Prix’ founded amongst others by actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio is to join the championship as the tenth and final team, marks an exciting milestone for electric car racing.

The first season (2014/15), is due to kick-off its ten world city street circuit calendar in Beijing, China in September 2014, followed by races in Putrajaya (Malaysia), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Punta del Este (Uruguay), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Los Angeles & Miami (USA), Monte Carlo (Monaco), Berlin (Germany) with the finale in London, UK in June 2015.

Formula E promises to be a thrilling and professional championship, integrating drivers, teams and manufactures from other high-profile…

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OfflineSam Levine

The World Smart Cities Congress is underway in Barcelona and is the setting for Microsoft's official Western European launch of its Smart City offering, CityNext. This is interesting timing related to IDC's Predictions 2014 research; Microsoft was one of the vendors to make IDC Government Insight's 2013 Smart City prediction #10 - that three major worldwide IT vendors would come out with Smart City solutions - a reality.

The World Smart Cities Congress is underway in Barcelona and is the setting for Microsoft's official Western European launch of its Smart City offering, CityNext.  This is interesting timing related to IDC's Predictions 2014 research; Microsoft was one of the vendors to make IDC Government Insight's 2013 Smart City prediction #10 - that three major worldwide IT vendors would come out with Smart City solutions -  a reality.

Through their CityNext initiative, Microsoft is providing solutions,…

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  • It's Predictions…
    Roberta Bigliani says:
    Peter, Thanks for your feed-back.
    2 months ago
  • It's Predictions…
    Peter Granger says:
    Lack of expertise and the baby-boomer retirements will certainly impact your #1 prediction, which I agree is definitely #1! New procecess and technologies will be part of the solution, and regulation will impact national markets.
    #4 will be key - a slow journey for some I fear.
    Very good List!
    2 months ago

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