Market Research and Insight

A combination of technologies from two companies is aimed at helping utilities get detailed information about grid performance that can help keep energy systems stable and reliable. Tollgrade Communications has developed a new application that works with smart-grid firm Echelon’s Control Operating System (COS) to provide analytics-based insights into... Read more
NRG Energy and the University of Delaware (UD) have teamed up in a venture called eV2g to commercialize technology that lets electric-vehicle (EV) owners sell back energy stored in their car batteries to help stabilize the electricity grid. Developed by UD professor Willett Kempton, the vehicle-to-grid technology could help... Read more
Germany-based GreenPocket has developed what it says is the first social metering app connecting smart energy meters with Facebook. The company plans to present the app during the Metering Billing/CRM Europe conference, set to be held Oct. 4 – 6 in Amsterdam. The inspiration for the app is the... Read more
AT&T is offering utilities that buy its smart-grid products a pre-pay option that lets them cover their machine-to-machine (M2M) data expenses up to 10 years in advance. The option will help utility companies by letting them know in advance exactly what their smart-grid-related data costs are, according to AT&T.... Read more
The company behind the technology NASA is using to cut energy consumption at more than 75 data centers has closed on $13.5 million in funding led by ABB. Other investors in Power Assure, which provides energy management software for data centers, include Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Good Energies, and Judith... Read more
Rather than building its own private communications network for a 1.8-million-customer smart-meter rollout across Michigan, Consumers Energy is opting for a cellular-based system. Its decision to deploy the system with SmartSynch makes it the largest utility yet in the US to choose cellular-based communications for a smart-grid deployment. Consumers... Read more
Utilities often find it hard to help commercial-building operators analyze and reduce their energy consumption, because on-site audits are costly and time-consuming. Using analytics to crunch building consumption data, on the other hand, could make it easier for energy companies to help commercial customers cut their electricity use and... Read more
What’s it like to see smart-grid technology in action? A new demonstration center in Chicago features a variety of interactive exhibits showing how everything from self-healing technology to grid-integrated energy storage works. S&C Electric Company launched the Smart Grid Solutions Demonstration Center at its global headquarters as part of... Read more
Petra Solar, a New Jersey-based cleantech company, has launched a new energy management platform aimed at utilities looking to deploy smart-grid applications. The IntelliView smart-energy platform provides analysis of smart-grid application data to enable remote command and control of large distributed energy systems. The system provides a dashboard that... Read more
Some 27 million smart electricity meters have been installed at households across the US so far, and 65 million — more than half of the country’s residences — will have advanced metering systems in place by 2015. That’s according to a new report from the Edison Foundation’s Institute for... Read more