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Building automation systems monitor and control a building's lighting and mechanical systems. They operate in roughly half of all buildings of over 100,000 square feet in the U.S. Those building automation systems are now being wired to talk to utilities, so the owners and occupants can participate in demand response and energy efficiency programs. Things are changing at light speed in the building automation space, as the links in this section attest.

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Nanogrids are sneaking up fast. Has your utility figured out its strategy?

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, nanogrids, smart buildings, microgrids, distributed generation
“Nano” technologies are on the way and recent research forecasts that one of them, nanogrids, is on the verge of a growth spurt. Click for details on why nanogrids will be so important, their impact and the possible challenges they represent.

The coming boom in smart buildings (and why utilities should care)

smart grid, modern grid, smart buildings, building automation, energy efficiency, electric utilities
A report from IDC Energy Insights says the smart building sector is set to take off and that the market will triple in just a few years. Since smart building systems usually cut power usage by 20%, utilities might want to reconsider their load growth forecasts – and also take advantage of the opportunities that market growth will bring.

Utilities: Time to get ready for the smart buildings wave

smart grid, smart grid technology, smart buildings, demand response, smart grid investments, smart grid trends, electric utilities
Smart buildings and the concept of connecting them to the smart grid for load control and demand response have both been around for a while. But now building owners see the possibility of new revenue streams from demand response and other smart grid technologies… and they will be expecting their local utility to have the programs they want.

How the smart grid will affect building owners

smart grid, smart grid technology, building automation, smart buildings
There are a lot of smart buildings, thanks primarily to the capabilities of building automation systems. The next step? Integrating smart buildings into the smart grid. We share guidelines intended for building owners and their consultants who are negotiating the transition.

Smart grid market research: several sectors on a growth track

Smart grid, smart grid technology, smart grid markets, smart grid growth, microgrids, metering, solar PV, building energy management, home energy management
It’s just plain hard to keep up with the steady stream of smart grid market research reports, and to find those that match your interests. So click inside for our roundup of recent reports on a variety of topics from microgrids and building energy management to global smart meter markets and solar PV.

It’s been a very big (and very global) week for smart grid wins

Smart grid, smart grid wins, metering, energy efficiency, renewables, mergers and acquisitions, smart grid funding, smart grid companies
Silver Spring Networks is working on an intelligent street lighting project in Denmark and Opower has signed a business partnership with Tokyo area utility TEPCO. This week’s smart grid wins also include plenty of domestic projects, honors and awards, funding news and more.

Better Buildings: The Energy Data Accelerator

This paper outlines The Better Buildings Initiative, a national leadership initiative calling on corporate chief executive officers, university presidents, utilities, state and local officials and other leaders to make substantial commitments to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings and plants, save money, and increase competitiveness. It also explains the Energy Data Accelerator, designed to demonstrate low-cost, standardized approaches for providing energy data for the purpose of whole-building energy performance benchmarking.

The smart grid revolution starts... tomorrow?

Smart grid, smart grid technology, smart grid trends, smart grid strategy, renewables, energy storage
Is the smart grid initiative on the verge of a major transformation? Read the story to find out why a leading manufacturing company's CEO thinks the time is right for the electric industry to merge with other sectors to meet challenges of grid modernization like intermittent renewables and energy storage.

S&C Electric: Smart grid as a smart city foundation

Smart grid, smart grid technology, smart cities, S&C Electric, smart cities markets
S&C Electric's Michael Edmonds understands the importance and relevance of smart grids to smart cities. Read the story for his views on the related challenges, from financing to regulatory issues, and how the market and technologies are progressing.

Siemens jumps into data center management market

Smart grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, data centers, data center infrastructure management, Siemens, electric utilities
Siemens is targeting data centers - the single largest energy consumption source for most enterprises - with its new Data Center Infrastructure Management solution that draws on its experience in building automation, power distribution and other areas. Click inside for a closer look.

Bright outlook for smart grid technologies and commercial DR

Smart grid, smart grid technologies, Demand Response, DR, building automation, energy efficiency, smart grid strategy
The smart grid core and enabled technology market is expected to show substantial global growth over the next several years. And the number of commercial buildings expected to adopt DR programs is expected to more than double over the next five years.

Not sold on V2G? How about V2B?

Smart grid, smart grid technology, building automation, vehicle-to-building, smart buildings, electric vehicles
Vehicle-to-grid technologies have been getting more attention, but the vehicle-to-building market is slowly (finally?) coming into its own. And as Pike Research points out in a new report, the two technologies are completely different animals.

Here, there, everywhere: a global smart grid overview

Smart grid, cybersecurity, smart metering, smart water, global business, renewable energy, energy policy, policy and regulation, smart grid funding
The latest smart grid reports and papers we've been looking at say one thing loud and clear - it really is a global playing field. With that perspective in mind, we're sharing recent trends and insights from around the world on advanced electric and water metering, policy, security and the always changing renewable energy sector.

Smart Cities - Digital Technology Behind The Smart City

Using a broad range of digital project models of different scales and exploring the different themes surrounding smart cities, this report looks at the issues facing urban centers that are increasingly seen as areas of open innovation. The report is available through Research and Markets.

Stem system targets energy costs with analytics and storage

Smart grid, smart grid technologies, data analytics, energy storage, smart buildings, energy efficiency
A California startup has merged data analytics and battery energy storage to cut energy costs for commercial buildings. The system's analytical capabilities make it possible to consistently use the cheapest type of power available, either from the electric grid or from the batteries.

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