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Smart Meter Communications Maker offers its IPO

Smart Meter Communications Maker offers its IPO

Many anticipated it would come and it has, the IPO of Silver Spring Networks is here. On July 7, the company filed to go public to raise $150 million. The Redwood City Calif.-based company, which provides meters, mesh radio network and software for end-to-end smart grid projects, has been a popular choice for utilities in the U.S. such as Baltimore Gas & Electric, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Florida Power & Light Company. Silver Spring notes that it has won contracts for more than 17 Read more [...]
Smart Grid and Video Games, Part II

Smart Grid and Video Games, Part II

Last May, I wrote about how Smart Grid was integrated into one of my favorite video games, The Sims 2. At the time, I questioned how Smart Grid technologies might be featured in the game’s sequel, The Sims 3. Well, there’s no job category for electrical engineers yet, and governor Sims don’t get to make decisions about transmission corridors, but soon, Sims will be able to drive around in electric cars. The game’s publisher, EA, just announced a product placement deal with Read more [...]
Where in the World is Smart Metering?

Where in the World is Smart Metering?

Headlines involving smart metering seem to have been multiplying in the last few months, including projects that involve NEMA members (recent press releases here, here, and here). To see an interesting visual representation of metering initiatives on a global scale, check out this Google map: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=115519311058367534348.0000011362ac6d7d21187. It's maintained by the Supplier Requirements for Smart Metering (SRSM) Project Read more [...]
Smart Grid Follows Me Home from NEMA

Smart Grid Follows Me Home from NEMA

NEMA is all about Smart Grid, so my weekdays tend to be peppered with Smart Grid news and developments.  To my surprise, the concept popped up at home while I was playing The Sims 2. Not familiar with The Sims 2?  It's a computer game that has sold 100 million copies since its 2000 release.  As banal as it sounds, the point of the game is to exert one's preferred degree of control over virtual characters called Sims, who have wishes and fears just like humans (of course, articulating Read more [...]
Fact Versus Fiction on Energy Storage Systems

Fact Versus Fiction on Energy Storage Systems

Often, important emerging technologies get caught up in misconstrued facts and misunderstandings of capacities and roles in an already technology-driven and confusing world. An example of this can be found in a recent op-ed in the Washington Post, "Getting Real on Wind and Solar" by James Schlesinger and Robert Hirsch. It's great they included a reference to energy storage systems (ESS) as a necessary component of the smart grid architecture for renewable energy. And they're right Read more [...]
Google Finishes Indexing Internet, Moves to Energy

Google Finishes Indexing Internet, Moves to Energy

Having dominated the landscape of internet searches, Google is now flexing its algorithmic prowess in the energy sector. As reported yesterday in the New York Times, Google is beta testing its new PowerMeter, a tool that lets end users monitor their energy consumption on a real-time basis. While NEMA’s smart meter manufacturers already provide this capability, Google’s effort provides access to a much wider pool of consumers and potential advertisers. Given the company’s marketing skills, it might Read more [...]