Smart Grid

Smart grid technologies and services

The Tipping Point for GreenTech?

November 30, 2009
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We here at GreenTech Advocates want to make green technology and energy efficiency something everyone is interested in. And if you’re reading this, you should too. But in many cases the contagious spread of a new idea is tricky, writes Malcolm Gladwell in his bestselling book, The Tipping Point. Gladwell’s book examines how innovations...

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Reasons to Arm Clients with Eco Info

November 5, 2009
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Is there too much information on green and energy-saving products out there? I don’t think so. The green message still gets lost amid the bustle of our everyday lives. And yes, green should be a part of our everyday lives, but it isn’t yet a part of most people’s social or consumerist DNA. That’s...

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Is the Smart Grid or Energy Efficiency a Technology to Watch?

October 28, 2009
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The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) hails the smart grid as one of “5 Technology Trends to Watch” in 2010. The CEA’s annual list is a barometer of emerging technologies. It’s great the CEA is recognizing the smart grid as an emerging technology that can save us energy, but in doing so it all but...

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6 Tips for Selling Smart Grid Services

October 22, 2009
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Thinking about pitching an electric utility to provide smart grid installations? Some say it’s a no-go for small electronics systems contractors. Utilities are more likely to want large aggregators to help roll out smart grid installations of their meters, programmable thermostats and any electronics systems that can monitor electricity use and shut off energy-hogging...

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Smart Grid Standards Needed Urgently, Report Says

October 15, 2009
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Almost everyone by now knows the long-term benefits of a smart grid: It will displace much of our country’s oil imports and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But arriving there could take decades. Even arriving at a workable smart grid is a massive undertaking, necessitating the establishment of hundreds of standards so the grid’s many...

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3 Reasons to Watch the Smart Grid

October 7, 2009
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You’ve no doubt heard of the smart grid. It’s coming. And with it, we’ll be doing a lot more energy management in businesses and homes. The smart grid is a way to enable a more efficient distribution of our electric power, and can save the United States a lot of energy that’s wasted in...

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5 Ways to a Green Tech Business

September 10, 2009
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A panel discussion at the CEDIA Expo in Atlanta revealed some ways that electronics installers can make money by marketing green services. “There’s no one better suited than you guys to understand what it takes to control end-use devices in the home,” says Collin Breakstone of Core Green Solutions, a green consulting service. Here...

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