Newsletter – July 2013

THIS MONTH…..
-TRENDS
-DISCUSSIONS
-EXISTING CODE
-SECURITY
-LASTLY

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

US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, current and past average…..

Electricity Price per KWH

Year Apr May Trend % Change
2013 $0.128 $0.131 Increase 2.34%
Year May Trend % Change % Since
2003 $0.092
2004 $0.093 Increase 1.09% 1.09%
2005 $0.097 Increase 4.30% 5.43%
2006 $0.110 Increase 13.40% 19.57%
2007 $0.115 Increase 4.55% 25.00%
2008 $0.120 Increase 4.35% 30.43%
2009 $0.126 Increase 5.00% 36.96%
2010 $0.127 Increase 0.79% 38.04%
2011 $0.129 Increase 1.57% 40.22%
2012 $0.129 Same 0.00% 40.22%
2013 $0.131 Increase 1.55% 42.39%

  • The UK government says energy minister Michael Fallon is “fully behind” a National Grid consultation that could see big businesses paid to cut their energy usage in times of shortage.
  • The danger of power shortages in the UK by the middle of the decade has risen, according to industry regulator Ofgem.
  • The risk of future blackouts has tripled in the last year as Britain is facing an energy crunch that will push up bills, the energy regulator has said.
  • TXU Energy is now servicing their customers with the Brighten iThermostat through a monthly subscription offering.

-DISCUSSIONS
The stuff we are talking about now…..

VERSION 1.1
We are targeting our first upgrade for late August 2013. We are past unit testing and soon to begin final system testing. This upgrade provides display and layout tweaks along with new functionality. It addresses a number of requests and bug fixes which we have received to date. We do hope you will be pleased with these changes. Talk to us if you have more changes you would like to see made with GNU remotecontrol.

-EXISTING CODE
The stuff you may want to consider…..

BUGS
We have 0 new bugs and 0 fixed bugs since our last Blog posting. Please review these changes and apply to your GNU remotecontrol installation, as appropriate.

TASKS
We have 0 new tasks and 0 completed tasks since our last Blog posting. Please review these changes and apply to your GNU remotecontrol installation, as appropriate.

-SECURITY
The stuff you REALLY want to consider…..

ENERGY SECTOR NOW A BIGGER TARGET FOR CYBER ATTACKERS
The energy sector is reporting an enormous increase in the number of attempted cyber attacks in 2013, according to a new report from the Department of Homeland Security.

GNU remotecontrol relies on OS file access restrictions, Apache authentication, MySQL authentication, and SSL encryption to secure your data. Talk to us if you want to find out how you can further strengthen the security of your system, or if you have suggestions for improving the security of our current system architecture.

-LASTLY
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!

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