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Department of Energy - Smart Grid

“Smart grid” generally refers to a class of technology people are using to bring utility electricity delivery systems into the 21st century, using computer-based remote control and automation. These systems are made possible by two-way communication technology and computer processing that has been used for decades in other industries. They are beginning to be used on electricity networks, from the power plants and wind farms all the way to the consumers of electricity in homes and businesses. They offer many benefits to utilities and consumers -- mostly seen in big improvements in energy efficiency on the electricity grid and in the energy users’ homes and offices. For a century, utility companies have had to send workers out to gather much of the data needed to provide electricity. The “grid” amounts to the networks that carry electricity from the plants where it is generated to consumers. The key activities that comprise OE’s smart grid strategy are summarized below.

SmartGrids: European Technology Platform Department of Energy & Climate Change Skip to main content GOV.UK uses cookies to make the site simpler. Find out more about cookies Is this page useful? Yes this page is useful No this page is not useful Is there anything wrong with this page? Thank you for your feedback Close Help us improve GOV.UK Don’t include personal or financial information like your National Insurance number or credit card details. To help us improve GOV.UK, we’d like to know more about your visit today. Don’t have an email address? PowerMeter - Save Energy. Save Money. Make a Difference. We launched Google PowerMeter as a free energy monitoring tool to raise awareness about the importance of giving people access to their energy information. PowerMeter included key features like visualizations of your energy usage, the ability share information with others, and personalized recommendations to save energy. We partnered with device manufacturers and utilities around the world. Many of our partners now have new options available for accessing energy information. We are pleased that PowerMeter helped demonstrate the importance of access to energy information, and created a model for others. We retired the service on September 16, 2011. We continue to see encouraging results about the importance of access to energy data. Momentum is building toward making energy information more readily accessible, and it’s exciting to see others drive innovation and pursue opportunities in this important new market.

Energy, Environment and Resources The Energy, Environment and Resources department, led by Bernice Lee , conducts high-level research on critical issues of energy security, environment and resource governance. Latest: US Energy: the New Reality There is undoubtedly a US energy revolution under way – but where that revolution will lead is not yet clear. Combating Illegal Logging Duncan Brack considers the compatibility of efforts by consumer countries to reduce illegal logging with World Trade Organization rules. The Trouble with Biofuels Agricultural biofuel use increases the level and volatility of food prices, with detrimental impacts on the food security of low-income food-importing countries, says this new paper. Resource Insecurity The outlook is one of supply disruptions, volatile prices, accelerated environmental degradation and rising political tensions over resource access, warns this new report. Research Areas Energy Security Climate Security and Low Carbon Growth Resources, Politics and Global Trends Food Security

Texas Electricity Ratings: The Blog This morning Direct Energy has announced their purchase of Texas retail electricity provider Bounce Energy. Bounce Energy, who has consistently been at the top of the Texas Electricity Ratings rankings (currently #1), has easily been the most innovative electricity provider in the country in terms of their online technology/capabilities and their success in reaching out to potential and existing customers through social media outlets. Additionally, just recently, Bounce made groundbreaking contributions to the electricity space with the launch of their new MyAccount functionality, as well as their Build Your Own Plan functionality. The Build Your Own Plan is the only one of it’s kind in the electricity space, and allows customers to select their own plan term length, the amount of renewable energy in the plan, whether they want automated and paperless billing, and more. All in all, it’s a very interesting day for Texas electricity customers.

Ecodesign - Sustainable and responsible business - Enterprise and Industry The Ecodesign Directive provides with consistent EU-wide rules for improving the environmental performance of energy related products (ERPs) through ecodesign - brochure [2 MB] . It prevents disparate national legislations on the environmental performance of these products from becoming obstacles to the intra-EU trade. This should benefit both businesses and consumers, by enhancing product quality and environmental protection and by facilitating free movement of goods across the EU. Energy related products (the use of which has an impact on energy consumption) account for a large proportion of the energy consumption in the EU and include: Energy-using products (EUPs) , which use, generate, transfer or measure energy (electricity, gas, fossil fuel), such as boilers, computers, televisions, transformers, industrial fans, industrial furnaces etc. Contact: ENTR-Ecodesign@ec.europa.eu and DG Energy, energy efficiency unit

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Efficient energy use Energy efficiency Efficient energy use, sometimes simply called energy efficiency, is the goal to reduce the amount of energy required to provide products and services. For example, insulating a home allows a building to use less heating and cooling energy to achieve and maintain a comfortable temperature. Installing LED lighting, fluorescent lighting, or natural skylight windows reduces the amount of energy required to attain the same level of illumination compared to using traditional incandescent light bulbs. There are many motivations to improve energy efficiency. Energy efficiency and renewable energy are said to be the twin pillars of sustainable energy policy[4] and are high priorities in the sustainable energy hierarchy. Overview[edit] Other studies have emphasized this. International standards ISO 17743 and ISO 17742 provide a documented methodology for calculating and reporting on energy savings and energy efficiency for countries and cities.[11][12] Benefits[edit] Europe[edit]

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