Shaping the Residential home Energy Environment

Consumers are the key to a smarter grid. Along with the growing intelligent technology on the utility side, the smart grid increasingly brings in customers, average guys and gals at the end of the switches. To educate them about their power use and make power management easy and fun, vendors have developed services, programs and technologies ranging from utility demand response initiatives to in-home devices that can break down savings into candy bars and movie rentals. Knowing the players will be the key to navigating this new smart grid subset.

Connect Consumers to Connected Homes

Some 70 percent of Americans have not heard of the smart grid, according to EcoAlign, a strategic marketing agency focused on energy and the environment. EcoAlign’s findings, published in May, underscore the need for education about energy delivery, demand management and pricing changes.

It’s Time to Own Up and Electrify

As I write this editorial, the BP PLC “gulf oil disaster” is entering its third month. The national news programs are covering it day and night, 24/7. I think half the politicians and all the so-called experts have been interviewed—many several times. Most of them have an opinion about who is to blame for the worst environmental catastrophe our nation has experienced.

ABB Automation & Power World 2010 Shines in Houston

ABB held its annual users conference, Automation & Power World, May 18-21 in Houston. It included networking opportunities, workshops, training and an exhibit floor. More than 4,000 participated in 2010, exceeding 2009’s attendance by 30 percent, according to ABB.