If you want to know how your customers feel about the smart grid and what motivates them in terms of buy in, you need look no further than the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative's (SGCC) most recent report, which indicates that the internal and external motivators for different groups vary significantly between those customers that feel engaged and those that do not.
A new partnership has been formalized with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Chattanooga's EPB, one of the largest publicly-owned electric power distributors in the country. The partnership will establish Chattanooga's smart grid as a living laboratory for testing new energy technologies. Under the agreement, DOE and ORNL will apply their technical expertise in areas such as data analytics, control systems, cybersecurity and high-performance computer modeling to test new smart grid technologies and processes on the electric grid in Chattanooga.
The top VC funded companies in the third quarter were a home automation solutions provider, a big data analytics and cyber security solutions provider, a provider of cloud analytics software to optimize energy consumption for buildings, a technology platform provider for the intelligent active management of distributed energy assets allowing renewable energy generators, storage providers and energy users to trade at a micro-grid level, and an electric vehicle charging infrastructure provider.
Making the power grid more flexible, resilient, and efficient is the single most important objective for electric utilities today, and a number of voltage-adjustment and reactive power correction technologies, known as dynamic voltage and VAR control architectures (DVCAs), can help ensure power delivery that is both reliable at peak loads and continuously efficient.
NRDC's second annual energy report, an extensive analysis of new government data on 2013 U.S. energy use, shows that optimizing the nation's energy use through efficiency continues to contribute more to meeting U.S. energy needs than any other resource, from oil and coal to natural gas and nuclear power.
A new report highlights the importance of the U.S. military to assign a dollar value to energy security. The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) report, Monetizing Energy Security, outlines liabilities fostered by the natural dependence of the Department of Defense (DOD) on energy resources, and suggests that DOD should closely consider the actual, all-in cost of energy to make its energy system more resilient, efficient, and secure.
Just nine percent of those surveyed in a national poll by EnviroMedia report that they currently participate in a renewable energy or green power program with their electricity provider, but a whopping 69 percent are interested in these types of programs.
Through better planning and management of logistics, contractors and materials, oil and gas operators can reduce by up to 40 percent, the costs of constructing, drilling and completing unconventional wells, and the overall time it takes to complete them, according to Accenture research.
Most concerning to organizations like the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), who was one of several groups to commission the report, NERA says the proposal could force the closure of over 45,000 MW of coal-based electricity, which is more than New England's entire electricity supply.
Today, cities are increasingly demanding to move to cleaner and more efficient energy resources to meet the needs of an urban population that will expand by 2.4 billion people during the next 35 years, and the spread of smart city technologies and policies, developed in response to the rapid growth and change happening in cities around the world, is helping to drive sweeping and fundamental changes in the energy landscape, according to Navigant Research.