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2015 to be pivotal year for home energy management

Competition is heating up among vendors and, at the same time, HEM products are becoming more accessible to consumers, with retailers such as Best Buy, Staples, and Lowe's marketing products that include energy management features.

USDA announces $8.7M for biomass research

After the 2014 Farm Bill Program promised to generate more renewable energy and reduce forest fire threats, the USDA has announced another $8.7 miliion for the funding of bioenergy research and education, as well as the publishing of the final rule for their program that provides incentives for farmers and forest landowners who plan to grow and harvest biomass for renewable energy.

Google commits $300M to SolarCity residential funding program

SolarCity has launched a project to help finance $750 million in residential solar projects, and Google just gave them a big boost. The tech firm has announced a $300 million investment in the project, which will cover the upfront costs of solar panel installations for homeowners in 14 states plus the District of Columbia. 

W.Va governor vetoes net metering bill

House Bill (HB) 2201 was said to provide a definition for net metering, but advocates said the real reason for it was to eliminate solar leasing in the state-- making solar more difficult for those with lower incomes to obtain.

More than half of CA households have access to HERO program

Sacramento County has become the 246th municipality to offer the Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program to local residents, after the approval of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors.

SDG&E introduces loaner program for smart in-home devices

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has launched a loaner program for home area network devices, "in efforts to help customers make smart energy choices and save money."

Acadia Center's 2015 UtilityVision builds on 2014 EnergyVision

Acadia Center has released a report, "UtilityVision: Reforming the Energy System to Work for Consumers and the Environment," which it says presents "an ambitious but realistic energy future that puts the consumer firmly in the center." UtilityVision builds on Acadia Center's EnergyVision, which charts out reforms in four interconnected areas to produce a cleaner, lower cost energy system and reach the necessary 80 percent carbon emission reductions by 2050.

Mannheim's smart grid experiment

Mannheim, Germany is working to update the electrical grid in their city, and is doing so by utilizing their local renewable energy production in a smart grid experiment.

Smart grid experts discuss hurdles to future of the grid

According to Parks Associates, nearly two-thirds of broadband customers in the United States are willing to pay for a smart energy management service, but a lack of information and knowledge is hindering progress. The group delivered their results during their Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer this week in Austin, Texas.

Smart grid experts discuss hurdles to future of the grid

According to Parks Associates, nearly two-thirds of broadband customers in the United States are willing to pay for a smart energy management service, but a lack of information and knowledge is hindering progress. The group delivered their results during their Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer this week in Austin, Texas.