Commissioner]Brussels, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- July 6, 2011 - The European Commission last week released an Energy Efficiency Directive aiming to achieve the 2020 target of a 20 percent energy saving, with smart metering and billing set to play a key role.
The Directive, which presents the legislative framework for putting into place binding measures on energy efficiency, expects that major energy savings for consumers will result from easy and free-of-charge access to data on real-time and historical energy consumption through more accurate individual metering and billing, which will empower consumers to better manage their energy consumption.
Further, these results were accomplished exclusively with pricing signals where consumers could choose to opt-in and select their level of participation. Price signals were delivered with high reliability to consumers, providing them with timely decision-making information.
Hohm will continue to operate through May 31, 2012.
In a blog post, Microsoft says that Hohm has helped demonstrate the critical role of information in helping people and organizations improve how energy is generated, distributed and ultimately consumed, and feedback from customers and partners has remained encouraging throughout its beta period. However, due to the slow overall market adoption of the service, the company is instead focusing its efforts on products and solutions more capable of supporting long standing growth within this evolving market.
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Technologies]Hawthorn, Australia --- (METERING.COM) --- June 29, 2011 - Swinburne University of Technology is partnering with home energy management company GreenWave Reality to open an Energy Management Research Center (EMRC) at its Hawthorn campus.
According to a recent report, GB Demand Response, prepared by Kema for Britain’s Energy Network Association (ENA), demand response provides seven specific opportunities. These are:
Energy Czar]Mountain View, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 27, 2011 - Google is to “retire” its PowerMeter web-based energy monitoring tool from September 16, the company has announced.
In a blog posted by Google green energy czar Bill Weihl, he writes that the PowerMeter was first launched as a project to raise awareness about the importance of giving people access to data surrounding their energy usage. However, while there’s been more attention brought to this issue since the launch, which was in February 2009, the company’s efforts have not scaled as quickly as it would have liked.
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Marketing Officer, GE]New York, NY, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 24, 2011 - Ten home energy technology companies are to receive a total of $63 million investment from GE and its venture capital partners and five companies will each receive a $100,000 grant to further develop innovative technologies in the second round of funding under GE’s $200 million ecomagination Challenge.
GRID 21]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 17, 2011 - GRID 21 has been launched by the GridWise Alliance in the United States as a non-profit committed to engaging electricity customers in using a new generation of tools and technologies to better manage their electricity consumption.
CEO, Hydro-Québec]Montreal, QC, Canada --- (METERING.COM) --- June 17, 2011 - Hydro-Québec and its partners, RONA, les Rôtisseries St-Hubert, METRO and the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT), have announced plans to roll out “The Electric Circuit” – a public charging network for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) that they expect to be Canada's first.
ISO]Geneva, Switzerland --- (METERING.COM) --- June 17, 2011 - The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has launched the standard ISO 50001 on energy management systems.
ISO 50001:2011, Energy management systems – Requirements with guidance for use, is intended to provide organizations with a recognized framework for integrating energy performance into their management practices.