A significant improvement in Demand Side Management communications technologies towards smart appliances direct control

Data has been transmitted across a national electricity grid for the first time, in what could be a significant step towards the creation of virtual power stations, where many thousands of homes and businesses combine…

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,…

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…

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…

How the evolving utility-customer relationship is changing home energy management

As new technologies like cloud computing and the Internet of Things continue to grow in adoption among consumers, the rise of the “smart home” has presented both an opportunity and challenge for utilities. On one…