Newsletter – May 2013


The stuff going on in the big picture now…..

  • Energy firms must pass on smart meter savings to the consumers in the UK, concludes the Public Accounts Committee of MPs. Following the announcement of legislation to introduce Demand Response in the UK electricity industry the Committee of MPs cautioned, “No transparent mechanism presently exists for ensuring savings to the supplier are passed on to consumers, and the track record of energy companies to date does not inspire confidence that this will happen.”
  • Smart meters will save power for customers up to £64 each across Wales on average, report says. The report was generated by British Gas and business analysts Oxford Economics.
  • Warning over smart meters presents a privacy risk. Concern is focused around the usage of the data.
  • Even water is going wireless. The public infrastructure is growing to include many components that are now remotely monitored.
  • A new term of negawatts has come forth, where big electricity consumers are paid to voluntarily reduce their power usage. This is an incentive for the adoption of Demand Response.
  • Recommendations provided about building a Green Consumer. The article identifies energy users need financial incentives, but money alone is not enough to change customer behavior.
  • Consideration if consumers should participate in their Energy Supplier’s Smart-Meter program.
  • A survey by Digital Realty Trust shows mediocre results for data center energy efficiency. This is a strong indicator that large energy consuming is not occurring in an efficient manner.
  • Evidence that Green Buildings are taking hold, but wasted energy abounds. This is another sign that energy waste is still prevalent in many domestic, commercial, and industrial facilities.
  • A forecast with the proliferation of online storage of user data and applications. By 2015, the energy used to run data centers will be a “drop in the ocean”, compared to the wireless networks used to access cloud services. This is clear proof Information Technology is a strong driver of increased energy usage.

The stuff we are talking about now…..

We are in discussion for how we can contribute to the larger picture of the Smart Grid. Topics of discussion include feature additions to GNU remotecontrol and interfacing with other systems, such as Automated Meter Reading. This is still a formative discussion.

Open ADR Alliance reaches a milestone of 100 members, through growing global interest. This milestone builds our confidence in this developing standard is the probable way Demand Response will occur in the near future. We are expanding our research to determine how we need to interface with Demand Response technologies.

The stuff you may want to consider…..

We have 0 bugs and 0 fixes since our last Blog posting. Please review existing patches and apply to your GNU remotecontrol installation, as appropriate.

The stuff you REALLY want to consider…..

The FBI issued an alert to businesses in July 2012 after unknown attackers breached a computer used to control the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system of a New Jersey company, accessing a graphical user interface for the system, including a floor plan layout of the company’s office. Talk to us if you would like further information on addressing HVAC security concerns.

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.


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