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I just returned from EnerNOC's second annual EnergySmart Conference in Boston.  This year attendees well represented the next generation of facilities management with titles from CTO to Energy Manager to Plant Engineer to Director of Sustainability, and representing industry segments from government, commercial property, education, to heavy industry.  The face of facilities management is changing as energy costs become in increasing burden on corporate bottom lines affecting both operating costs a

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Honeywell and Opower announced September 13, 2011 plans to jointly develop energy management tools for utilities and their customers to achieve energy efficiency savings.  Honeywell will supply its two-way smart thermostat technology while Opower will enable utilities to engage customers in a meaningful way through its analytics. The solution on the whole will provide a platform for utilities to communicate to the in-home devices, report the energy consumption, and reach customers via web portals and m

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I recently participated in a round table discussion with over 20 CEOs from public power utilities regarding changes in customer relationships enabled by new technology.  This was an attempt by the group to tackle one of the most worrisome topics in the industry - customer engagement.  Also participating in the discussion were Alex Laskey, President and Founder of OPOWER, and Paul Carroll, author and management consultant.

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IDC Energy Insights published the first in a series of Smart Buildings IDC MarketScape studies today.  This study focused on the strategies and capabilities of vendors providing solutions for commercial building Energy Analytics.  This rapidly evolving marketplace is ripe with activity that signals significant opportunities for building management decision-makers.   Energy has transformed from a fixed to variable cost of facility management; and as a result, Smart Building Energy

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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) just released its new proposed guidelines for the Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP). Much of the initial press reports paint the guidelines as a defeat for Bloom Energy, the largest recipient of SGIP funds under the old rules. In fact, Bloom executives should be popping the champagne corks right now.

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Globalization Will Reignite Smart Meter Growth

By Dean Chuang

Earlier today, IDC Energy Insights issued the third release of our Worldwide Quarterly Smart Meter Tracker.  While global smart meter shipments reached a new high in the second quarter of 2011, shipment growth registered at little more than 4% over the previous quarter, far off the breakneck pace set in the last few years.

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Clean Energy Innovation: Start-up to Scale-up

By Rick Nicholson

I recently moderated a panel discussion on innovation in clean energy at the IDC Energy Insights Outlook Summit, held on August 15-16 in Boulder, Colorado.  The panelists included: Dr. Elvir Causevic - Technical Advisor, Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology Steve Hauser - Vice President, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Asim Hussain - Product Marketing Director, Bloom Energy Joel Serface - Managing Director, Clean Range Ventures Here are some highlights of the discussion.

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