What the heck is a smart grid anyway?

By Elisa Wood August 27, 2009 You know the old adage, ‘Never talk about politics or religion in polite company’? I’m beginning to think we need to add a third restraint, one against debate over the meaning of smart grid. Okay, it’s not exactly a dinnertime topic. But I’ve discovered in gatherings of energy nerds (I’m one), discussion can become … [Read more...]

SVP dives into Smart Grid technologies part 1

Lisa Cohn of Energy Efficiency Markets interviews Larry Owens, manager of customer services for Silicon Valley Power, which is creating a smart metering system. He describes his project, talks about the challenges of keeping up with smart grid applications and describes future technologies, such as appliances that will be operated remotely. … [Read more...]

The flaws in Connecticut’s EE market part 2

Lisa Cohn of EE Markets interviews Field Pickering, managing director, North America, of CoolNRG, which is a project development company that operates in energy efficiency and carbon markets. He explains why the company pulled out of Connecticut … [Read more...]

Smart grid and stupid buildings: Can this marriage survive?

By Elisa Wood  August 20, 2009  Smart grid is still in its honeymoon phase. Hardly a day goes by without fanfare in the news about how it will reform building energy use. Maybe so. But for the marriage of smart grid and US buildings to work, someone's got to change. Is the stupid building up to the task?  “Wiring the Smart Grid for Energy … [Read more...]

Is waste heat the silver bullet?

By Elisa Wood August 13, 2009 The energy industry tends to get stuck on certain words. Silver bullet is one of them. Insiders and policymakers often like to say there is no silver bullet to fix US energy woes. We need a portfolio of solutions – renewables, efficiency, smart grid, transmission expansion, coal sequestration, etc. That may be true, … [Read more...]

The Flaws in Connecticut’s EE Market Part 1

Lisa Cohn from Energy Efficiency Markets interviews Field Pickering, managing director, North America, of CoolNRG, which is a project development company that operates in energy efficiency and carbon markets. He explains why the company pulled out of Connecticut … [Read more...]

Carbon cap and boom?

By Elisa Wood August 6, 2009 If we try to reduce greenhouse gases, the economy will take a hit, according to conventional wisdom. The Energy Information Administration bolstered the notion this week by reporting that energy prices would rise for the average US family by $142 in 2020 and $583 in 2030 under the House cap and trade bill passed in … [Read more...]

Privacy issues and the smart grid part 2

Lisa Cohn of Energy Efficiency Markets interviews Tony Erickson, global utilities industry director for EDS, a Hewlett Packard company, about privacy issues and the Smart Grid. … [Read more...]