February 8, 2015 Leave a comment
- EYE CATCHING
- ANNUAL PLAN
- EXISTING CODE
|TRENDS … The stuff going on in the big picture now|
United States Electricity Price per KWH
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United Kingdom Utility Prices
|EYE CATCHING … The stuff that has caught our eye|
- An article, explaining the jurisdiction aspect of FERC Order 745.
- An announcement, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has released an open source Demand Response software project in conjunction with OpenADR.
- An article, describing a United State Department of Energy report finding FERC is severely lacking in controlling and protecting sensitive, non-public information.
- A perspective, of how Demand Response will shape the future of energy.
- An article, describing the structural change occurring within the power industry going from supply management to demand management.
- An announcement, OpenADR now has a deployment map and product database.
Smart Grid – Consumer
- An announcement, Ecobee and Carrier have expanded their strategic relationship.
- An article, explaining specific energy gadgets yesterday and integrated home energy management services are today.
- A report, finding a remotely administrated HVAC thermostat can reduce energy usage by seventeen percent.
Smart Grid – Producer
- A report, explaining the degree of Outage Management System success is directly dependent on the degree of intergeneration with Smart Grid information technologies.
- A survey, of electric industry executives, capturing their perspective of the future electric industry.
| ANNUAL PLAN
Status of our 2015 Plan
- Developing a data abstraction layer.
- Refactoring remaining code.
- Effort is over seventy-five percent complete.
- This effort is dependent upon successful completion of the MVC effort.
- This effort is over fifty percent complete.
- Further discussions with the members of the electronics industry.
- Developing a specification for an internationally accepted technology standard for the residential network connected HVAC thermostat.
- Developing a specification for the firmware to operate the internationally accepted residential network connected HVAC thermostat.
Talk to us with your comments and suggestions on our plan for the next year.
We have started a journey to design and build firmware for an internationally accepted residential network connected HVAC thermostat. The hardware to be operated by this firmware is still unclear. We see this firmware can operate in a virtual machine, a System on a Chip, and few other abstract concepts we are still working to define. The success of this effort will put more traction to HVAC hardware manufacturing , enabling HVAC hardware to support the software comprising GNU remotecontrol and many, many other HVAC technologies. Stay tuned for more information.
OTHER TYPES OF THERMOSTATS?
Many people have asked us about adding other types of thermostats to GNU remotecontrol. There are three questions that need to be answered before we can offer GNU remotecontrol support for any IP thermostat. These questions are:
- How to CONNECT to it (NETWORK).
- How to READ from it (CODE).
- How to WRITE to it (CODE).
It is our hope to have dozens and dozens of thermostat types that work with GNU remotecontrol. Let us know if you designed or manufactured a device and you would like to test it with GNU remotecontrol.
|EXISTING CODE … The stuff you may want to consider|
|SECURITY … The stuff you REALLY want to consider|
SMART GRID VOLUNTARY CODE OF CONDUCT
The United States Department of Energy and the Federal Smart Grid Task Force released their final version of a Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC) for Smart Grid data privacy. The VCC is only a set of recommendations, not a mandate. The VCC defines what is called Account Data fields. Notably, the device identifier is a field, along with pertinent user information. The concern here is the type of information being exchanged with Smart Grid members, though no clear privacy requirements nor strong recommendations regarding the Account Data fields are defined.
GNU remotecontrol relies on OS file access restrictions, Apache authentication, MySQL authentication, and SSL encryption to secure your data. Talk to us you want to find out how you can further strengthen the security of your system, or you have suggestions for improving the security of our current system architecture.
Whatever you do…..don’t get beat up over your Energy Management strategy. GNU remotecontrol is here to help simplify your life, not make it more complicated. Talk to us if you are stuck or cannot figure out the best option for your GNU remotecontrol framework. The chances are the answer you need is something we have already worked through. We would be happy to help you by discussing your situation with you.
…..UNTIL NEXT MONTH!