SGN Monday Memo 2.18.13


Quick bursts of news you can use to get your week started...



·         Energy and Sustainability Summit: Feb. 19-20, New York City


Check our smart grid conference calendar for details on the summit and other upcoming industry events.


NREL samples BITES: That stands for Building, Industry, Transportation, Electricity and Transportation Scenarios (BITES) and it's an interactive website that the National Renewable Energy Lab is beta-testing.  The scenario-based tool could be useful for businesses and others who want to see energy options and technologies that could impact future energy consumption. Visit the BITES site >>


CAISO offers phone app for power grid updates: The California Independent System Operator released a free app for iPhone and Android smart phones that enables quick access to near real-time information regarding the supply and demand of electricity, including the amount of green energy helping to "keep the lights on” at any given time. Get details >>


Welcome to The DOE just announced a new resource hub for open energy data. According to Ian Kalin, who directs the Energy Data Initiative, the hub has targeted features for different groups of data customers.  Coders, for instance, will find developer tools such as new Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).  There will also be features on popular open datasets and search tools that he says are valuable for students, regulators, and energy professionals. Click to the hub >>


And you've gotta love this one too! Last week on Valentine's Day we told you about 7 lovable things electric utilities do. The next day we got an announcement from Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative (MVEC) about a pretty sweet customer engagement program it launched with My Energy. They're calling it the first customer engagement program launched by a cooperative to gamify energy efficiency and demand response. MVEC will give its customers the chance to win prizes and earn rewards for participating in energy-saving challenges during times of peak energy consumption. By tapping into the natural desire to compete and earn rewards, MVEC aims to provide a fun and engaging way for households to reduce energy during peak demand. Learn more about it >>


Got sustainability ideas? International sustainability initiative Sustainia is launching a global campaign to identify 100 readily available solutions with the potential to spearhead sustainable development across industries and markets. The campaign, Sustainia100, is open to submissions of international projects, technologies and state-of-art innovation setting new sustainable standards in at least one of 10 categories: Buildings, food, fashion, transportation, IT, education, energy, health, cities, and resources. Led by former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a jury will select the most groundbreaking solution from the Sustainia100 and the winning solution will be honored with Sustainia Award at a ceremony in Copenhagen, October 2013. Get additional details and submission info at the Sustainia website >>


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