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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Ford and CenterPoint Energy Team Up To Prepare Houston Area for Electric Vehicles

Ford Motor Company and CenterPoint Energy announced a collaboration to help prepare the Houston area for the operation of electric vehicles. Ford and CenterPoint Energy will work together to develop consumer outreach and education programs on electric vehicles as well as share information on charging needs and requirements to ensure the electrical infrastructure can support the necessary demand.

The Ford and CenterPoint Energy collaboration also includes developing strategies t ...read more

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Technology Projects Aim to Transform Energy Management for Residents, Businesses

The city of Vancouver, Cisco and Pulse Energy announced a collaborative relationship designed to accelerate the development of Vancouver's green-energy goals. The effort with Cisco and Pulse Energy is the latest in Vancouver's ongoing initiatives to showcase the city as an economic hub for the advancement of clean technology, develop a network of specialized partners, and improve energy efficiency and management.

Beginning in 2010, the three parties will work to advance Vancouv ...read more

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New White Paper: Consumer Attitudes and the Benefits of Smart Grid Technologies

Parks Associates just recently a new White Paper on Consumer Attitudes and the Benefits of Smart Grid Technologies.

The energy industry is undergoing a paradigm shift, with numerous companies, from utilities to service providers, vying for part of this new business. A fundamental question regarding these efforts is, "How motivated are consumers to manage their electricity consumption?"

Download here.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Cisco and Itron Join Forces to Deliver Next-Generation Smart Grid Platform

Itron Inc. and Cisco recently announced a strategic alliance that will advance the transformation of the world's energy infrastructure. Together, the two will deliver a definitive 21st century Internet Protocol (IP)-based communications platform to the smart grid market and help advance more consistent and reliable delivery of energy across the electric distribution system and into homes and businesses.

Itron and Cisco -- world leaders in smart metering and networking communica ...read more

Monday, September 13, 2010

Energy in the Home Webcast, Thursday Sept 30

Join Parks Associates for this month's webcast on Energy in the Home on Thursday, September 30th at 1 PM Central.

The Residential Energy Management landscape is in a state of change, with a host of new players vying for consumers’ attention. Research shows specific consumer segments are receptive to new REM solutions, including consumers with monitored security, consumers with HVAC maintenance contracts, and smartphone owners.

Bill Ablondi, Director of Home Systems Research w ...read more

Friday, September 10, 2010

Smart Energy Summit 2011, agenda and keynotes announced

Parks Associates announced the agenda and confirmed keynotes for the Smart Energy Summit, the premier executive conference focused on new energy management solutions, opportunities for multiple industries, and consumer demand.

The agenda for Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, January 24-26, 2011, in Austin, Texas, features presentations and in-depth discussion with experts in energy management and related industries. Sessions provide attendees with the knowledge and in ...read more

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Honeywell Survey Shows That Americans Chose Comfort Over Saving Money and 'Going Green' This Summer

Most people agree that saving money and being "green" are important — until 100 degree temperatures are involved. Survey findings released today by Honeywell following one of the hottest summers on record found nearly two thirds of American consumers chose comfort over cost savings and conserving energy when temperatures spiked.

Sixty percent of those polled saw their energy bills increase compared to summers past, but those cost increases did not stop respondents from pursuing ...read more

Friday, September 03, 2010

Duke Energy Takes Steps to Advance Smart Grid

Duke Energy has selected California-based Echelon Corporation and Massachusetts-based Ambient Corporation to further develop its grid-based communications architecture that connects various digital devices such as smart meters, power line sensors and automated power switching equipment.

A key component of Duke Energy's smart grid communications architecture is the communications node. The nodes are installed on the grid alongside electric power transformers located overhead and ...read more

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