Nest and technology-service bundling

Lynne Kiesling Nest’s recent business developments are refreshing and promising. Building on the popularity of its elegant and easy-to-use learning thermostat in its first couple of years, Nest is introducing new Nest-enabled services to automate changes in settings and energy use in the home. Called Rush Hour Rewards and Seasonal Savings, Nest claims: Rush Hour … More Nest and technology-service bundling

Why is Idaho Power paying its customers?

Lynne Kiesling KP readers know the answer to that question: reducing peak demand, load shifting across time, better capacity utilization. But there’s a bit more to it, as you can see in the New York Times article on Idaho Power’s rebates to their customers for reducing their irrigation during peak hours, as well as allowing … More Why is Idaho Power paying its customers?

Planet Money: Do smart meters curb energy use?

Lynne Kiesling Last Friday National Public Radio ran a Planet Money story called “Do smart meters curb energy use?” (first link is to program listing, second is to story transcript) Members of the KP community will not be surprised by any of the content in the report, but it does provide a good introduction to … More Planet Money: Do smart meters curb energy use?

Synapse report on AMI benefits for residential customers in New Jersey undervalues consumer benefits due to its narrow, control-oriented focus

Lynne Kiesling On July 8, 2008, Synapse Energy Economics released a report titled “Advanced Metering Infrastructure — Implications for Residential Customers in New Jersey“, commissioned by the New Jersey Department of Public Advocate. The report’s primary focus is an analysis of the cost-effectiveness of investments in Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) from their definition of the … More Synapse report on AMI benefits for residential customers in New Jersey undervalues consumer benefits due to its narrow, control-oriented focusMore Synapse report on AMI benefits for residential customers in New Jersey undervalues consumer benefits due to its narrow, control-oriented focus

Programmable Thermostat Regulations in California: Big Brother or Control Freaks?

Lynne Kiesling Over the past week there has been quite a discussion online of the California Energy Commission’s proposal requiring mandatory customer thermostat reponse to emergency demand reduction signals. This New York Times article from Friday also discusses the CEC proposal, as does this ABC news affiliate story from San Francisco. See also the discussion … More Programmable Thermostat Regulations in California: Big Brother or Control Freaks?More Programmable Thermostat Regulations in California: Big Brother or Control Freaks?

More on Pepco’s Electricity Metering and Pricing Pilot

Lynne Kiesling Let me extend the discussion of the Washingto Post article on Pepco’s metering and pricing pilot that Mike mentioned yesterday. I have not discussed these pilots with anyone at Pepco, nor have I been able to glean any information from their website. Here’s a PR hint, guys: if you have a cool pilot … More More on Pepco’s Electricity Metering and Pricing PilotMore More on Pepco’s Electricity Metering and Pricing Pilot

The Smart Grid and Sustainable IT

Lynne Kiesling Ted Samson at InfoWorld’s Sustainable IT blog had a pretty thorough post last week about smart grid technology and its economic and operational value. Essentially, a smart grid is an intelligent electricity-delivery system, through which energy suppliers and consumers are all interconnected through a network. Smart meters are installed at homes and business … More The Smart Grid and Sustainable ITMore The Smart Grid and Sustainable IT

Pricing and Technology Combine To Help Consumers Manage Energy Costs

Lynne Kiesling Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal had an article by Rebecca Smith that discussed some of the most innovative residential electricity service offerings in the country. She accurately points out how the combination of dynamic pricing and innovative end-user technology can empower residential customers to observe their actual electricity use, control their own behavior, and … More Pricing and Technology Combine To Help Consumers Manage Energy CostsMore Pricing and Technology Combine To Help Consumers Manage Energy Costs