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Smart Grid 2.0, So What Does That Mean?

When smart meters began emerging, many customers viewed them as costly automated meter-readers that made life easier only for the utility companies, possessed no real benefit and compelled little customer interaction.  Beneficial or not, in a GTM webinar, eMeter estimated the installation of 150 million smart meters globally to replace the out-dated mechanical meters- it […]

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Energy for Cupcakes

Can you imagine if we treated pricing of everyday goods like we treat energy? Consider the following example: I go to the corner bakery everyday for a week and get a cupcake (on Thursday I was bad and had two).  At the end of the week the bakery bills me.  I know the average price […]

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PG&E Interactive Energy Bus Stop

Yesterday, I passed a MUNI bus stop here in San Francisco and something caught my eye. I’ve seen interactive bus stops before so seeing a couple of kids playing with the screen didn’t stop me to take a picture. What caught my eye was the topic of the interactive ad: “Time-Varying Pricing.” PG&E has created […]

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Electricity Bills Are Not Created Equal

When you type ‘electricity bill’ into your favorite search engine, you’ll find the results generated have one common theme, reducing your electricity bill.  There are many resources out there that give energy consumers tips on how to do just that. You can change your light bulbs, upgrade your appliances or simply turn the lights out […]

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CleanWeb Hacks

Utilities and energy consumers will soon be engulfed in massive clouds of energy data emerging from newly installed SmartMeters. We believe by combining real-time consumption data with accurate pricing data, cleanweb hackers might create the key to our energy future. Not all Kilowatt hours are created equal. All investor-owned utilities in California are mandated to […]

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Power Hacks

Taking Control of your Power If you want to take control of your power, the first thing you need to do is get access to your own real-time energy consumption data. (Preferably on your smartphone or at least through a web-service). Don’t worry we’ll walk you through the process, no matter where you live, nor […]

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The Profound Impact of Rate Design

John Farrell at Renewable Energy World reported last month that Distributed Solar is nearing ‘Grid Parity’. His main point is that installed Solar Photovoltaics are very close to being cost competitive with grid power in numerous areas throughout the country. John is basing this analysis on an average negotiated price of $5.00 per Watt for […]

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Cool factor: home energy devices and apps

The ability to drill-down and see what energy we are using, and what it is costing us, will be very significant. And will definitely be one of the more powerful mobile apps, in terms of saving money. There are a number of home energy tracking devices on the market. Many of them are compatible with […]

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Smarter Solar

Every time I see solar-panels littered on rooftops, I think “Now there’s someone who is choosing to make a positive impact on the world around them.” But one thing I can’t help but wonder is: Have they optimized their affairs to take advantage of Time of Use (TOU) pricing and net-metering opportunities? The sun shines […]

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What’s your power? Check it: whatsmypower.com

“Right now, energy consumers across at least twenty States can shave their energy bills substantially without much impact on their daily lives, just by changing their rate plans,” said Jason Riley, founder and president of Genability. “With the launch of www.whatsmypower.coom we are empowering the energy consumer over the energy they are using, what they pay for it, and eventually what they get paid.”

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