Newsletter – February 2014


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

United States Electricity Price per KWH
Current and Past

November December Trend % Change
$0.130 $0.131 Increase 0.77%
Year December Trend % Change % Since
2003 $0.090 Same 0.00% 0.00%
2004 $0.092 Increase 2.22% 2.22%
2005 $0.102 Increase 10.87% 13.33%
2006 $0.110 Increase 7.84% 22.22%
2007 $0.115 Increase 4.55% 27.78%
2008 $0.124 Increase 7.83% 37.78%
2009 $0.124 Same 0.00% 37.78%
2010 $0.125 Increase 0.81% 38.89%
2011 $0.127 Increase 1.60% 41.11%
2012 $0.127 Same 0.00% 41.11%
2013 $0.131 Increase 3.15% 45.56%

United Kingdom Utility Prices
Current and Past

Historical Pricing

The stuff that has caught our eye…..

Demand Response

  • A press release, indicating Automated Demand Response sites will reach nearly 2 million worldwide by 2023.
  • An article, describing the best practices in Demand Response.
  • An article, describing how technology choice is finally coming to residential Demand Response.

Smart Grid – Consumer

  • Google has purchased Nest. Nest maintains the position that customer data is covered in their privacy policy. It is unclear how Google interprets the Nest privacy policy.
  • A discussion, examining how close the United States is to achieving a national power grid.

Smart Grid – Producer

  • A press release, indicating the emerging Asia-Pacific (APAC) Substation Automation and Integration market has the highest growth rate among all the geographic regions. It is believed that the APAC market will grow at a CAGR of 9.1% from 2013 to 2018.
  • A press release, indicating utility spending on Smart Grid IT systems will reach nearly $20 billion by 2022.
  • An article, in two parts, explaining how Smart Grid technology can build a better utility industry future.
  • An article, explaining the biggest opportunity demonstrated at DistribuTECH is the smart home.

Status Update of our 2014 Plan…..

Demand Response

  • No other work since the January newsletter.

Unattended Server Side Automation

  • A PHP script to automatically select all thermostats and set their Date/Time is almost complete. We are both finishing the session management and discussing how to handle security for the automation.
  • No other work since the January newsletter.

Power Line Communication

  • Initial discussions with the members of the electronics industry.
  • No other work since the January newsletter.

Talk to us with your comments and suggestions on our plan for this year.

The stuff we are talking about now…..

We are in initial discussions with members of the electronics industry. We are pursuing how to mature the remotely connected HVAC thermostat market, by assisting in development of a more feature rich product. The end result will be more remotely connected HVAC thermostats available for purchase, thereby increasing competition. This competition will bring more features at less cost, due to manufacturers not being bothered with knowing how to design the software necessary to run their remotely connected HVAC thermostat offering. These are some of the results that come from standardization.

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 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.

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, demonstrating cyber attacks on Industrial Control Systems (ICS).

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.



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