Poor smart meters. Over the past year or so, some high-profile debacles have made them gadgets non grata in some communities, most notably in Bakersfield, California and parts of Texas. Worse, this dark cloud is endangering smart grid roll-outs in other areas. The cause: confusing rate changes, human error and/or meters that were too accurate […]
Enough with the smart grid pessimism, already!
With all the doom and gloom surrounding the smart grid of late, it’s hard not to get concerned about its future. But it’s important to realize that the smart grid is a lot bigger than the device that’s giving it a bad name. I’m talking about the smart meter. Cnet’s Martin LaMonica asks, “Is this […]
Smart Grid Industry Steps Up
While utilities are taking lumps from disgruntled customers, it doesn’t take a genius to know that the ill will eventually to trickle down to smart meter makers and smart grid infrastructure providers in a way that can really affect their…
Microsoft's Hohm vs. Google's Powermeter
Wondering what the two tech titans (matrix comparing Google’s PowerMeter and Microsoft’s Hohm and what each has in store for eco-minded homeowners. As it stands now, Hohm seems to have an edge over PowerMeter. Hohm is looking more like a…