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ACEE just released a study concluding that smart grid technology in itself is not enough to lower energy consumption.  The premise is that customers need to be presented information that will help them take actions to reduce consumption.  Recommendations were for online or in-home displays of consumption and benchmarking with customers in their neighborhood.  It is true that there is currently limited deployment of in-home displays.  In a study we conducted in the fall of 2009, IDC Energ

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Operationalizing Virtual Power Plants in Europe

By Roberta Bigliani

We just published a new piece of research focused on Virtual Power Plants (Best Practices: Operationalizing Virtual Power Plants in Europe - RWE Collaborates with Siemens, Document #EIR01S). The report provides in-depth into the RWE Virtual Power Plant (VPP) implementation, which seeks to demonstrate how the virtual power plant concept can be concretely adopted, by aggregating large enough quantities of generated electricity or power capacity that can be trade on the energy power markets.

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The $16 Billion Non-Solution

By Sam Jaffe – 2 Comments

A recent report from the American Energy Innovation Council, a star-studded organization that includes everyone from climate scientist Ken Caldeira to Bill Gates, has called for a simple solution for solving America's energy problems: Have the federal government fund energy research to the tune of $16 billion per year. It seems like a good idea until you ponder the question of what problem this idea is trying to solve.

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Well sort of...  My home energy monitor has now been dutifully collecting data once every twelve seconds for a week now.  The display tells me how much energy I'm currently using (2.84 kW at this exact moment), how much it's costing me ($8.14/day), and how much I've used in the last day, week and month.  For instance I've used 25 kWh in the last day and 200 kWh in the last week.  Not bad.  But what I'd really like is some more sophisticated graphing and analytics.

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Bringing Energy Efficiency to Le Hive

By Sam Jaffe

Have you ever tried one of those bio-degradable, recycled cardboard coffee cups and felt all good about yourself until the cup started leaking onto your lap? Environmentally aware consumer choices can be a negative experience when the green option turns out to be fundamentally inferior to the conventional choice. That's what I wanted to find out during my visit to"Le Hive"--the new Schneider Electric headquarters in Paris: Did the dramatic reductions in energy consumption that the building has achieved, all

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Southern Company is on the road to expanding its nuclear fleet with a loan guarantee from the federal government. The plan is to build two additional units at an existing site in new Waynesville, Georgia.   According to SNL Energy, "Total guaranteed borrowings would not exceed 70 percent of the company's eligible projected costs, or approximately $3.4 billion, and are expected to be funded by the Federal Financing Bank. Any guaranteed borrowings would be full recourse to Georgia Power and secured

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From January to May 2010 there were 30 publicly announced smart grid investment deals in the United States and Canada totaling over $1.8 billion.  Technology types included application software (typically used by utilities for customer care and billing, meter data management, distribution management, etc.), communications, energy efficiency and demand response (including hardware and software to provide consumers with energy management capabilities), grid connected energy storage, and electric vehicle

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Will you ENVI me (and my home energy monitor)?

By Rick Nicholson

I don't have a smart meter and probably never will.  My utility just built a new coal-fired power plant and regularly sends me bill inserts trying to disprove global warming theories and convince me that carbon cap-and-trade will destroy our economy (I'm not making this up).  The point here is that my utility will also never provide me with any home energy management technology.  As a result, I just bought and installed an ENVI home energy monitor.  The product was developed by Current C


Coauthored by Casey Hogan. The IDC Energy Insight's team recently had the opportunity to tour the ProLogis Rooftop Photovoltaic Test Site in Denver. ProLogis, which owns 475 million square feet of warehouse properties in North America, Europe, and Asia, is aggressively pursuing the deployment of solar on the rooftops of its buildings. However, as a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), ProLogis does not have the kind of tax appetite that would enable it to take advantage of tax credit or tax grant based

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When Toyota launched the Prius in 1997, a new term was born in the auto industry: the "halo car". Although the early Prius was a loss leader, Toyota earned a favorable impression from consumers--even the ones that don't buy a Prius--for its eco-leadership. Many people think of the upcoming Chevy Volt--GM's first mass production electric vehicle--as its version of a halo car. Actually, GM is more interested in the Volt as a "helium car" than as a halo car.

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