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Falling oil prices are bringing down prices of high-risk bonds many companies used to finance their capital intensive unconventional drilling programs. “Most of that decline has occurred in the last 30 days. It’s already making it harder for oil companies to reach out to the financial markets to fund more of their drilling operations, as… Keep reading →

Google To Buy Smart Thermostat Maker Nest For 3.2 Billion

The days of merely managing wires and selling a commodity are winding down for utilities. These companies must now compete with or embrace technology and services that give customers greater control over the systems that power their homes, making it easier to reduce energy consumption, increase efficiency and ultimately save money. Google’s acquisition of smart… Keep reading →

Google To Buy Smart Thermostat Maker Nest For 3.2 Billion

The changing utility business model in the face of distributed generation market acceptance is a major theme so far in 2014, and Google’s Nest acquisition is a clear signpost on this transitional landscape. It’s becoming increasingly clear that to lead the way in the new power generation and delivery space, utilities need to decide whether… Keep reading →

As 2012 came to a close, Tendril emerged from a restructuring as a smaller startup that was seeking partnerships with other companies serious about home energy management, and not those just looking to try it out.

Tendril’s latest partner, Hitachi, certainly fits the bill. Tendril announced this week that its firmware will be integrated into Hitachi’s SuperJ Applications Ecosystem, which operates on the OSGi framework, allowing for multiple types of firmware to run on the same device. Keep reading →

What’s the value of a home that can fine-tune EV charging in the garage, solar panels on the roof, appliances in the kitchen and thermostats on the wall to maximize its energy profile?

Ford Motor Co., SunPower and Whirlpool say it’s significant, at least according to a new computer model they’ve developed with the Georgia Institute of Technology. And while they haven’t launched any commercial offerings on this front yet, Ford has already developed a database of EV charging rates from utilities across the country to give each home system some grid-pertinent data to make decisions with — and a cloud-based management platform to control it all. Keep reading →

Our Home Energy Reports in Action – Duke Energy’s path to a more engaged, energy efficient and loyal utility customer: http://bit.ly/HLrvoP Tendril

The burgeoning global smart grid industry is beginning to consolidate as governments around the world look to use their energy resources more efficiency and limit carbon emissions without sacrificing electric reliability.

Siemens announced on Monday that it would acquire its long-time strategic smart grid partner, California-based eMeter, for an undisclosed sum, with the deal set to take effect mid-to-late December. eMeter specializes in smart meter data management software and is most famous for its EnergyIP platform, which can provide, readout and manage data produced by smart meters throughout a power grid. Keep reading →

One of the great debates in information technology is spilling over to the energy business as smart grid installations spread.

The Department of Energy and residents of the City of Idaho Falls are about to find themselves on the cutting edge of the debate as smart meters designed to be open to third-party developers are installed over the coming months. The city council approved the selection of Elster to design its smart grid system, allowing for automation of data collection from the city’s newly installed smart meters. Keep reading →