Smart grids ‘key for EU Energy Union’

Innovative smart power grids are vital for the EU’s plans for a single energy market. Speaking in Brussels yesterday, Miguel Arias Canete, EU Commissioner for Climate Action & Energy said: “We know smart grids work. We have seen they can reduce the infrastructure capacity needed to meet demand by up to 30%.” Smart grids are […]

Italian energy firm Enel signs deal with Mexico

The head of Italy’s largest power company has signed an energy deal with Mexico’s electricity research body. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Enel and the Instituto de Investigaciones Eléctricas is aimed at co-operation between the two nations in geothermal generation and smart grids. They will share information through pilot projects, training programmes and technology […]

Different sectors in energy industry must collaborate

It is important for people in the energy industry to get involved with those in different sectors other than their own. That’s the view of Dr Jochen Kreusel (pictured), Head of the Smart Grids initiative at ABB Group in Zurich, who is one of the key speakers at the Erasmus Energy Forum event later this […]

Obama ups US energy budget to $28bn

US President Barack Obama has proposed a $28.4 billion (£18.5bn) budget for the US Department of Energy (DoE) for the fiscal year 2014. The figure is an 8% rise from 2012, which includes increased funding for the DoE’s clean energy projects by more than 40% above the 2012 level. Mr Obama also set two new […]

Japan’s reconstruction with renewable systems ‘impressive’

Japan’s plans to reconstruct areas affected by the tsunami with renewable energy systems and back up power supplies is “impressive”. That’s the view of the International Energy Agency (IEA) following its visit to the country earlier this month as it marks two years since the disaster. It advised the nation in designing and developing ‘smart […]

EU-wide smart grid links could help UK’s electricity demands

Connecting smart grids in EU countries could help high electricity demands in the UK, a new report suggests. The research by ReportsnReports claims interlinking the smart grids between the UK and EU could make full use of renewable resources in Europe. Smart grids send information about energy use between suppliers, distributors and consumers. Electricity produced […]

Green Deal must be more ‘consumer friendly’

Government needs to make the Green Deal more ‘consumer friendly’ to guarantee its popularity. That’s the view of Colin Calder, founder of home energy management firm PassivSystems which has been helping DECC to shape its plans on the new policy. While the Government’s flagship scheme to give loans for home efficiency improvements is an “innovative […]

Europe’s smart meters set to increase five-fold

The number of smart meters in Europe will grow five-fold over the next five years, according to research by American consultancy Frost & Sullivan. The analysts suggest the installed base of smart meters, which pass information between homes and suppliers remotely, will jump from around 44 million in 2010 to at least 200 million in […]

Consumers the only ‘obstacle’ to smart homes

Consumers are the only “obstacle” to the success of so-called ‘smart’ meters and homes. That’s the view of Pilgrim Beart, founder of AlertMe which makes energy monitors for homeowners to check up on their energy use. The serial entrepreneur and ex-Silicon Valley programmer made the claim at the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s annual Clerk […]

Last chance to have say in DECC’s energy Red Tape Challenge

This week is the public’s last chance to get across their views on energy regulations as part of the Government’s blitz on red tape. Energy Minister Charles Hendry launched the energy department’s involvement in the Cabinet Office’s Red Tape Challenge in November last year. It is part of the Government’s bid to cut back on […]