Newsletter – August 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 May June Trend % Change
2013 $0.131 $0.137 Increase 4.58%
Year June Trend % Change % Since
2003 $0.097 Same 0.00% 0.00%
2004 $0.099 Increase 2.06% 2.06%
2005 $0.104 Increase 5.05% 7.22%
2006 $0.118 Increase 13.46% 21.65%
2007 $0.122 Increase 3.39% 25.77%
2008 $0.128 Increase 4.92% 31.96%
2009 $0.132 Increase 3.13% 36.08%
2010 $0.132 Same 0.00% 36.08%
2011 $0.134 Increase 1.52% 38.14%
2012 $0.135 Increase 0.75% 39.18%
2013 $0.137 Increase 1.48% 41.24%

  • A review of Smart Thermostat programs offered by utility providers, assessing if homeowners prefer the idea of a smart thermostat they can set from their smartphones while away from home, or if they prefer a smart thermostat that does all the thinking for itself.
  • British Gas plans to offer free power on Saturdays, as a way to promote demand response adoption by the customer.
  • Energy firm warns bills to rise by more than government forecasts, though the public opinion is a belief in neither.
  • The smart phone weather applications, with up to the minute weather reports close to the user, are battling for more users.
  • An opinion calling for a global energy policy through an assessment of current scientific knowledge on energy issues, including levels of energy consumption, energy efficiency improvements, and changes in the types of fuel being used.
  • OpenADR Alliance announces a growing OpenADR interest in Asia.
  • An article with recommendations for how cities should handle electricity blackouts.

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

VERSION 1.1 IS CLOSE TO RELEASE
Testing is going very well for our first upgrade. We are targeting our first upgrade for late August 2013. 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 FRAUD AND ORCHESTRATED BLACKOUTS
A presentation from the Black Hat Briefings – 2013 USA Conference on Energy Fraud and Orchestrated Blackouts: Issues with Wireless Metering Protocols (wM-Bus).

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.

-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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