Outstanding smart thermostat vendors

The market for communicating and smart thermostats has exploded with activity in the last couple of years, evolving through an early technology adoption phase and into a stable and growing market. Recently, partnerships among vendors,…

Utilities prepare for demand spike from marijuana legalization

Dive Brief: Oregon’s electric utilities are steeling themselves for an anticipated spike in demand after marijuana becomes legal for recreational use after July 1, Oregon Capital Insider reports. Well-known as an energy hog when grown…

Why utilities need to change the way consumers think about energy efficiency

Increasing amounts of research indicates utilities have significant potential to help customers reduce their power consumption – but it may require a re-thinking of how “energy efficiency” is talked about.A new study from KSV, a…

Google’s smart home vision

In September 2014, some Google employees filed for patents they called “Security Scoring in a Smart-Sensored Home.” For the first time, those patent requests are publicly available, and give some understanding behind what Google is…

Boosting demand response to save on grid upgrades

  With a peak load in excess of 13,000 MW, Consolidated Edison is doing everything it can do manage its demand and avoid construction of additional generation, transmission and distribution assets. In the past year…

How the home energy management market is reinventing itself

Home energy management has been poised to take off for the last decade. Despite analysts’ optimistic predictions, it hasn’t. But after 10 years of watching the market struggle, with consumers showing just moderate interest in…

Google, Comcast threaten utility business

Americans are now more than ever looking at alternate ways of acquiring their energy. Almost 30 percent of Americans would leave their utility if they could and 64 percent of those would choose a non-utility…