Three little questions about behavioral energy economics and transactive energy

Recently I spoke at the Surge Summit event of the Illinois Science & Engineering Innovation Foundation (ISEIF). ISEIF’s mission is customer education, awareness, and engagement as Illinois implements policies enabling a digital distribution grid and transactive energy. I am honored to serve as a peer reviewer on ISEIF’s Peer Review Committee. As a lead-up to … More Three little questions about behavioral energy economics and transactive energy

Starbucks’ energy efficiency competition

Lynne Kiesling Starbucks is having an internal energy efficiency competition among its stores. The goal for each store: reduce energy use by the most during a 30-day period, starting from last Wednesday. 10 stores are involved, and while the article is not specific, it looks like they are all in Washington state. The goal is … More Starbucks’ energy efficiency competition

Nest’s elegant learning thermostat — but is it transactive?

Lynne Kiesling A team of highly skilled and design-savvy engineers have revealed Nest, an elegant, well-designed thermostat that can learn your preferred settings, analyze your data to spot energy-saving and money-saving opportunities, and look lovely on your wall. Earth2Tech has a review article on Nest, as does Greentech Enterprise. This summary description, from the Earth2Tech … More Nest’s elegant learning thermostat — but is it transactive?

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?

Home energy innovation from Direct Energy

Lynne Kiesling Whirlpool and Direct Energy have long been two of the most forward-looking companies working in the electricity value chain. Whirlpool was the appliance partner on the GridWise Olympic Peninsula transactive network project, and have committed to all of their global products being grid friendly and transactive by 2015. Direct Energy, an energy retailer, … More Home energy innovation from Direct Energy

Oregon Scientific’s elegant in-home energy monitor

Lynne Kiesling The Consumer Electronics Show has started, and we device and gadget geeks are having fun! One thing I noticed quickly is in this Engadget post about Oregon Scientific’s new device offerings: Look at the device on the far right — it’s a wireless appliance manager “to help users keep an eye on how … More Oregon Scientific’s elegant in-home energy monitor

7 individual energy management iPhone apps

Lynne Kiesling I’ve had several conversations with people my age and younger who work in the electricity end-use technology space in which we use a particular shorthand for the change in culture and mindset that we want to see happen in the retail electricity industry: “there’s an app for that.” In our conversations it’s shorthand … More 7 individual energy management iPhone apps

2009 Energy Efficiency Indicator survey

Lynne Kiesling Johnson Controls and the International Facilities Management Association have released their third annual Energy Efficiency Indicator survey. As summarized in this GreenBiz article, More than 70 percent of respondents are paying more attention to energy efficiency now than they were in 2008. Eighty-five percent of executives believe significant legislation mandating energy efficiency and/or … More 2009 Energy Efficiency Indicator survey

Intelligent end-use devices make a transactive smart grid valuable (Part 3 of 5)

Lynne Kiesling Digital communication capabilities in the network, including in end-use devices, provides increasingly feature-rich, mobile, and customizable ways to create consumer awareness about electricity consumption, electricity expenditure, and the environmental impact of that consumption. It also provides ways to change electricity consumption, either manually or automatically, in the home or remotely. In yesterday’s post … More Intelligent end-use devices make a transactive smart grid valuable (Part 3 of 5)

A smart grid is a transactive grid (Part 2 of 5)

Lynne Kiesling One of the hallmarks of smart grid technology is how it enables and reduces the cost of two-way communication. In electricity as in other industries, digital communication technology makes it possible and easy to have two-way communication, and to use that communication capability to automate individual actions. As we have seen throughout society … More A smart grid is a transactive grid (Part 2 of 5)