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Why 50 million smart meters still haven’t fixed America’s energy habits

June 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Many studies suggest that providing real-time feedback about an individual’s energy use can change their behavior. One of the most compelling in this respect, by Katrina Jessoe and David Rapson at the University of California at Davis, came out last year in the journal American Economic Review. It examined 437 Connecticut households, which had been randomly assigned to one of three groups. All of the households received smart meters that transmitted electricity use information every 15 minutes —  and for the control group, that’s all they received. Technology alone is not enough to help people save energy. The article tries to explain what we do need to get people to start saving energy. Source: Why 50 million smart meters still haven’t fixed America’s energy habits

Honeywell And TPDDL Deploy First-of-its-Kind Smart Grid Project To Improve Energy Reliability | Reuters

May 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and Tata Power Delhi Distribution (TPDDL) today announced that they have successfully implemented the first ever automated demand response (ADR) project for commercial and industrial facilities in India. Given the gap between the power required for homes and businesses in India, and what utilities can produce, many cities across the country face severe brownouts and blackouts. The demand for electricity in Delhi, for example, has almost doubled over the past decade. With nearly 50 percent of the country’s peak load tied to commercial and industrial sites, the ability to adjust related energy use is critical. Grid operators like TPDDL can use ADR to help reduce peak load in a facility 15 percent on average, creating a “virtual power plant” that generates “negawatts” or reduced demand. The project will give TPDDL the ability to reduce approximately 11.5 megawatts of peak demand. However, if the same technology were deployed in all buildings in India, electricity consumption could drop an estimated 10.5 gigawatts, close to 7 percent of the peak energy currently required nationwide. Source: Honeywell And TPDDL Deploy First-of-its-Kind Smart Grid Project To Improve Energy Reliability | Reuters