It could be argued that the potential for success of a particular innovation can be measured by its effect on the existing technology operating around it. If that’s the case, then smart meters are here to stay.
Looking to cut back on your energy use? Try watering the grass a day or two less each week. And you say water efficiency is becoming more important to you? Try turning off a few lights and setting back the air conditioning.
In late July, utilities across the country issued notices to their customers, pleading with them to minimize energy use during the projected heat wave—a prolonged period in which every state in the country broke heat records.
Nuclear power lobbyists may have influence in Washington, D.C., but they seem to be getting knocked out at the state legislative level. So far in 2011, the nuclear power industry has a record of zero wins and six losses in Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina and Wisconsin.
It’s a generally accepted belief that people tend to be wary of things that are unfamiliar to them, so it would make sense this behavior would extend to the smart grid and smart meters, a relatively new trend in an industry on which most consumers are not educated.
Black & Veatch, a consultancy company, evaluated a one-year smart meter pilot program for ComEd, the Chicago-area utility. They found customers of the utility could save $2.8 billion on their electric bills over the 20-year life of a smart meter.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published a report that promised to shake up the broadband world. To some extent, the report, “Measuring Broadband America,” provided results that weren’t very surprising but still good to see on paper.
In mid-July, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) placed the last two transmission lines, both from Widows Creek Fossil Plant, back in service 74 days after sustaining unprecedented damage due to severe storms and tornadoes in April on its power transmission system.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Verizon signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that could lead to the development of innovative ways to reduce energy use in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry.
The U.S. Congress continues to bat the phrases “cap and trade” and “carbon tax” across hearing-room floors, but with economic legislation deadlocked, any proposal even suggesting a new federal tax is pretty much dead in the water.
Entergy Corp., an integrated energy utility engaged primarily in electric-power production and retail distribution operations, announced it is working with Coulomb Technologies to fund and donate 16 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at college campuses in and around Entergy’s service area in
Editor's Note: for more pictures from Joplin, click here. On May 22, 2011, one of the deadliest tornadoes in our nation’s history ripped through the city of Joplin, Mo. Winds faster than 200 mph tore a path of devastation nearly a half-mile wide and 10 miles long.
The nation’s growing appetite for electricity, and for electricity generated by alternative-energy sources, demands a comparable expansion in the country’s transmission infrastructure, if all of that new power is to be delivered.
With the available infrastructure already in place, it is reasonable that a utility could partner with its local telecom company to deploy new smart grid technology. After all, it wouldn’t be a smart grid if the delivery weren’t intelligent. Wisely, in Indiana, local grid masters get it.