home energy management systems

Another Step Towards an Integrated Home Energy Offering: SolarCity Partners with Nest Labs

April 16, 2015 by Arnaud Henin

SolarCity has just announced another important collaboration in the home energy space, this time with Nest Labs. Importantly, the announcement indicates that a common technology framework or platform is emerging that will integrate and address both home energy management as well as home solar generation.[read more]


Can Radiator Labs's Cozy Bring Steam Heat into the 21st Century?

February 6, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

21st Century Steam Energy

After Google’s acquisition of Nest Labs, thermostats are suddenly sexy and all eyes are on the home energy management market. Startups and established companies alike launch innovative new products allowing owners to retrofit their homes for maximum efficiency, comfort, and control.[read more]

The Decade of New Information Challenges and Opportunities: What About the Smart Grid?

January 3, 2011 by Christine Hertzog

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to clean up your email, update your Facebook or LinkedIn sites, or organize your desk?  I’m pleased to say that I’ve already crossed one resolution off my list and reduced my email inbox contents by 50%.  The greater challenge will be to maintain this orderly inbox state.   We live...[read more]

Demand Response – Getting Ready for its Close-up in Residential Markets?

May 3, 2010 by Christine Hertzog

Proxy Demand Response (DR) is a creative program that can be used to offset the need to build expensive peaker plants and help with the management of renewable sources of energy that are intermittent in nature, like wind and solar.  While the wholesale market has been operating in other states and later this year in California, the...[read more]

Privacy Questions about Personal Energy Consumption Data

February 1, 2010 by Christine Hertzog

The standard electric meter provides data about how much electricity is used over a defined time-frame, but smart meters provide additional details about consumption.  Do you know which home appliances use the most electricity?   For the vast majority of Americans, the answer is no.  There’s a quote that I’ll reword:...[read more]

Telecom Industry Lessons for Electric Utilities Part 2

January 25, 2010 by Christine Hertzog

I was at the Smart Grid Summit in Miami last week where I presented a Smart Grid overview and moderated two sessions on Game-Changing Applications and Home Energy Management Systems.  Another session focused on the lessons that telecom companies can teach utilities, which aligns nicely with my discussion from last week.  Here...[read more]

Smart Grid Industry Needs A Common Information Model

January 11, 2010 by Christine Hertzog

The Smart Grid industry is a veritable tower of Babel when it comes to terminology, jargon, and acronyms.  There are several reasons for this starting with the number of domains that comprise the Smart Grid.  The conceptual model for the Smart Grid maps out Generation, Transmission, and Distribution, plus Markets, Operations,...[read more]

Home Energy Management Systems Support – It Is Not Sexy, But It Should Be

December 21, 2009 by Christine Hertzog

Previous blogs discussed proper introduction of Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS) solutions and In-Home Displays (IHDs) into residential consumer homes.   While these solutions hold great promise to help consumers save money and the environment through participation in energy conservation and energy efficiency programs, the...[read more]

The Difference between HEMS and HANS

December 14, 2009 by Christine Hertzog

I presented a session on Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS) Opportunities and Challenges last week, and one attendee commented that he had not previously heard of HEMS as separate components from Home Area Networks (HANs).  Too often the term HAN is used to describe all the intelligence and activity that occurs in Home Energy...[read more]