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Why it may soon be easier to connect meters back to the utility (a new standard)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid standards, Zigbee, Zigbee Alliance, neighborhood area networks, home area networks, smart meters, electric utilities
While Zigbee is a top standard for linking smart meters to home area networks and from that point to in-home energy monitors, no single standard for connecting the meter back to the utility has been available. Now the Zigbee Alliance is working with a team of smart grid vendors to meet that need. Read the story for details.

Revisiting the 10 top home energy trends for 2013

smart grid, smart grid technology, home energy management, smart grid trends
About a year ago, guest author Louis Szablya shared his predictions for the 10 most important home energy developments we could expect to see in 2013. Now, he’s back with a report card on how he fared with those predictions.

What’s to come: the IoT’s role in smart grid evolution

smart grid, smart grid technology, Internet of Things, IoT, smart homes
Guest author Kristopher Ardis of Maxim Integrated has covered a lot of ground in his series Silicon, Security, the Internet of Things and the Smart Grid. In this final installment, he takes on two possible smart grid IoT implementation scenarios we may see in the near future.

How to help customers understand smart meters, home area networks

Smart grid, smart grid technology, consumer engagement, consumer education and communication, electric utilities
Smart grid technologies for the home, specifically smart meters and home area networks, have been slow to catch on, and a recent article from the National Electrical Contractors Association places most of the blame on lack of education. But the article also provides a solution: introductory information utilities can use to let customers know what the technologies are, how they work and maybe get them on board.

Yet another reason to encourage energy efficiency?

Smart grid, energy efficiency, energy conservation, energy-efficient homes, policy and regulation
Do energy-efficient homes really make a difference? A new study says yes. It tied energy-efficient homes with mortgage default rates and came up with what seems like a common sense but possibly surprising conclusion. It might be worth passing along to your customers.

Smart grid standards: ZigBee salutes the IPv6 flag

Smart grid, smart grid technology, smart grid interoperability, standards, ZigBee Alliance, home area networks
The ZigBee Alliance has released its third ZigBee IP specification, which it says is the first open standard for an IPv6-based full wireless mesh networking solution and offers seamless Internet connections for controlling low-cost, low-power devices.

Wow. Is there finally a real competitor to Wi-Fi for the home?

standards, home networking standard, standard, W-Fi competitor for the home, home energy management
Utility professionals who deal with home energy management may want to pay attention to the standard, which allows very-high-speed networking over home power lines. The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel just accepted it into its Catalog of Standards.

What's new? See the latest releases from Tendril, Cooper Power and others

Smart Grid, smart grid solutions, smart grid products, smart grid companies
There's more news on the solutions front, like Tendril's updated home energy management suite that can support customers who are NOT connected to a smart meter or AMR/AMI network. And how about the new future-prepped substation program from POWER Engineers? Click for details on these plus the latest smart grid releases from On-Ramp, Cooper Power Systems and CEIVA Energy.

ClipperCreek, Smartenit: connecting EV chargers to smart meters

Smart grid, smart grid technologies, EVs, electric vehicles, EV charging, smart charging, smart meters, home area networks
A collaborative effort from EV charging station provider ClipperCreek and ZigBee product maker Smartenit has resulted in what they say is the first commercially available charger that can be connected to smart meters in a home area network. A pilot deployment is expected to be completed within the next six months.

CES: Not just electronic entertainment - smart grid technology is there too

Smart grid, smart grid technology, EVs, plug-in EVs, home energy management, smart homes, home automation, Consumer Electronics Show
Sort through all the new gadgetry at this week's Consumer Electronics Show and you'll find a wealth of smart grid technologies on display. We take a peek at a few in the home energy management and EV space.

Global Smart Grid Home Area Network Market 2011-2015

TechNavio's research report, Global Smart Grid Home Area Network Market 2011-2015, is based on a market analysis involving industry experts. The report available from Research and Markets, covers the Americas, the EMEA and APAC regions. It also covers the global smart grid HAN market landscape and its growth prospects.

Energy management gets its groove on

Smart Grid, Modern Grid, Smart Grid Deployment, AMI, Smart Meters, Power Grid, Smart Electric Grid, Electric Utilities,
There's even more indication this week that energy management - both residential and commercial - is gaining traction. Click for a quick catch-up on recent developments, including promising results from utility pilots in Tennessee and Nevada.

Retail HAN devices with Zigbee move into Southern Cal

Smart grid, smart grid technology, home area networks, HAN, home energy management, smart meters, electric utilities
A residential energy management product developer has teamed up with Southern Cal Edison to sell its power monitoring unit equipped with Zigbee wireless connectivity directly to consumers through local big box stores. Will it catch on?

7 smart grid reports in 7 minutes or less

Smart Grid, smart grid research, smart grid reports, intelligent efficiency, smart grid technologies, utility cyber security strategies
It's like the mother lode of smart grid research only we've done the digging for you. We've mined the latest smart grid reports and briefly highlighted seven we think you'll be interested in, everything from EPRI guidance on utility cyber security strategies to the rise of 'intelligent efficiency' and - don't miss this one - the next regulatory tussle you may not see coming.

HAN testing takes a step forward (thanks to Oncor and Landis+Gyr)

home area networks, HAN, HAN testing, Oncor and Landis+Gyr HAN testing
While 2012 may not be the year of the home area network, Doug Houseman of EnerNex reports that important work being done by Oncor and Landis+Gyr is at least moving the year of the HAN closer. Find out why.

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