Newsletter – November 2013


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

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

Electricity Price per KWH

Year August September Trend % Change
2013 $0.137 $0.137 Same 0.00%
Year September Trend % Change % Since
2003 $0.098 Same 0.00% 0.00%
2004 $0.099 Increase 1.02% 1.02%
2005 $0.106 Increase 7.07% 8.16%
2006 $0.118 Increase 11.32% 20.41%
2007 $0.121 Increase 2.54% 23.47%
2008 $0.130 Increase 7.44% 32.65%
2009 $0.130 Same 0.00% 32.65%
2010 $0.132 Increase 1.54% 34.69%
2011 $0.135 Increase 2.27% 37.76%
2012 $0.133 Decrease -1.48% 35.71%
2013 $0.137 Increase 3.01% 39.80%

The stuff that has caught our eye…..

  • A report that the home energy management market is set to explode.
  • An article describing who will compete in the energy industry of the future.
  • An article illustrating the best way to prevent outages during a heat wave is to have a grid that can handle load reduction to the energy subscriber through demand response.
  • An article with viable recommendations of how to get consumers to adopt demand response.
  • An article explaining how the global economy sinks under its debts as the real cost of energy rises.
  • A report demonstrating that demand response is lacking customer participation.
  • A report that the smart thermostat market will grow tenfold by 2020.
  • A report finding energy efficient companies are growing in commercial influence.
  • An editorial on Hurricane Sandy in hindsight, considering how the grid could be protected from such extreme damage in the future.

The stuff we are talking about now…..

GNU remotecontrol presented at the Smart Grid Educational Series on 31 October 2013. The series are hosted by Erfan Ibrahim, PhD. Dr. Ibrahim is the CEO of The Bit Bazaar, also serving as:
-Strategic Innovation Director of GridSTAR.
-Principal Consultant of the Energy Sector Practice for Scitor.

Over 70 people registered and over 40 people attended the event. The webinar is 1 hour 28 minutes in duration.

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.

The stuff you may want to consider…..

We have 1 new bugs and 0 fixed bugs since our last Blog posting. Please review these changes and apply to your GNU remotecontrol installation, as appropriate.

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.

The stuff you REALLY want to consider…..

A presentation from the Black Hat Briefings – 2013 USA Conference describing hacking of Z-Wave Home Automation Systems.

An article describing an incident that brought the biggest damage to the energy industry yet and the object lesson that shutting down the grid is pretty easy.

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.


2 Responses to Newsletter – November 2013

  1. Derek Ferguson says:

    Amazing the differences in KWh charges across Europe and the US


  2. Agreed. BLS has a nice CPI tool, to get a reality check on inflation over time.

    Are you in Europe or the US?



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