smart grid investment

Smart Utility Rates Could Slash Grid Investment Costs and Monthly Bills

August 27, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Smart Utilities and Customer Bills

Homeowners could save up to 40 percent on their electricity bills and utilities could slash billions of costs every year in grid upgrades if demand-flexible rate plans were widely available, according to a new study from Rocky Mountain Institute.[read more]

Landmark Government Report Calls for Billions in New Grid Investments

April 25, 2015 by Jeff St. John

White House Report

The Obama administration is calling on Congress to approve new spending to modernize the power grid, as part of a first-ever Quadrennial Energy Review released Tuesday that highlights the major reliability, security and renewable energy integration challenges facing the country’s electricity infrastructure.[read more]

Beyond Hardware: Why ARPA-E Sees Big Potential in Software Analytics for the Grid

September 24, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Traditionally, ARPA-E focuses on capital- or materials-intensive solutions like battery storage, fuel cells, biofuels, electric motors and power electronics. But recently, it has ramped up its support for companies and research teams that are developing software analytics for the transmission and distribution grids.[read more]

Who's Got the Most Smart Grid Patents?

August 12, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Smart Grid Patents

The smart grid industry has seen lots of mergers and acquisitions. This activity is driven by the desire for new tech, whether in core areas like transmission gear, smart meters, communications, sensors and software, or grid edge applications like demand response, plug-in vehicle charging and distributed solar PV.[read more]

What Is Google Plotting for the Smart Grid?

June 13, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Google, long a backer of renewable energy projects, data-center efficiency and home energy management technology, is now diving into the power grid itself. The tech giant is building tools to help utilities better manage the flow of power to and from homes and businesses at the edge of the grid.[read more]

Report: China Outspent US on Smart Grid in 2013

February 24, 2014 by Jeff St. John

After years of predictions that China will take the lead from the United States on smart grid investment, it appears that the moment has arrived. China invested $4.3 billion on smart grid in 2013, far outpacing U.S. spending of $3.6 billion in the same period.[read more]

The First Five Smart Grid and Smart City Predictions for 2020

January 7, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

There are a number of prognostications about 2014 Smart Grid trends, but this article offers a longer and broader view out to 2020, a milestone year for renewable portfolio standards in twelve states including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Washington.[read more]

Smart Grid VC and M&A Shifts to the Grid Edge in 2013

January 2, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Smart Grid Investment

Back in February, Greentech Media took a look at 2012 investment trends across a range of technologies and businesses that could be considered part of the smart grid. Amidst a general decline in post-stimulus utility spending and shrinking venture capital investment, we observed a few trends.[read more]