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Developer says community impact is important
Conventional wisdom has it that saving money is customers' sole focus. But some demographics believe that if personal, incremental savings also have larger environmental benefiits for society, then action is warranted. An application developer explains.
SCADA, communications network: backbone for smarts
Building on legacy systems and adding known technologies for reliability and efficiency is working for Orange & Rockland Utilities, which is using a "model-centric approach" to distribution management. The utility seeks auto-restoration and "coordinated control." Want to learn more? Read this column.
`Model-centric system' at heart of approach
Orange & Rockland Utilities is adding intelligence and control to its distribution system with a "model-centric" approach that should help it minimize faults and hasten service restoration on blue-sky days and after storms. We spoke with O&R's smart grid manager.
The hows and whys of securing AMI
I listened in on a deep-in-the-trenches discussion yesterday about the benefits of a multi-layered security architecture when it comes to deploying AMI. Read on, and you can, too.
Industry figure says don't socialize opt-out costs
Proponents of opt-out policies for smart metering are demanding that their fellow customers cover the bill. In some cases, that means small, affluent communities would have their less affluent neighbors covering the tab. That's wrong.
An interview on the thinking behind HEMS
IEEE is pursuing global standards that will enable affordable, automated home energy management, the key to sustainable demand management programs, participants say. Here's the second part of a two-part interview with Oleg Logvinov, a member of the IEEE-Standards Association's board.
An update on progress, behind the scenes
As the functionality of semiconductors rises and costs fall, intelligence will be embedded in most home devices for a variety of purposes, including energy management. Smart products will enter the market, as will technologies for coordination and control. Standards will make this possible, according to Oleg Logvinov, who is involved in the standards-setting process.
One path to consumer engagement blazed by developers
Energy-related applications for consumers are one of the likeliest ways to engage for changing behavior, at least for Gen Y. And when it comes to apps, crowd sourcing the development and keeping it fun and motivational is key. Five winners of the U.S. Department of Energy's "Apps for Energy" contest have done that.
Help is still needed: where does the federal government fit in?
In light of news announced in yesterday's Boston Business Journal that Bill Gates, chairman and former CEO of Microsoft, is among the investors in Liquid Metal Battery Corp.'s $15 million Series B round, it seemed appropriate to discuss the May 22 Senate committee hearing on the American Energy Innovation Council's (AEIC's) report, "Catalyzing American Ingenuity: The Role of Government in Energy Innovation." You see, Gates is also a member of the informal AEIC group, and not afraid to put his money where his mouth is.
Consumers may be wild card in future business plans
The standout reader commentary of the week argues that consumers and their energy options, some provided by third parties, are a wild card that injects risk for utilities trying to focus on a forward-looking business case.