The Obama administration has included $3.5 billion in grid modernization in its budget for the 2016 fiscal year. On top of that, the smart grid IT market is expected to double by 2024 and the future for implementation of smart grid technology is all but certain, with cities like Austin, Chicago and Sacramento leading the way.
In a press conference at CE Week Thursday, BlueBOLT showed its new wireless gateway and SmartPlug, which represent a turn towards the consumer market for the company. The company also conducted demonstrations on the showfloor.
Reports released by the Obama Administration and the Department of Energy cite energy efficiency and home energy management technologies as being vital to the development of a smart grid in the United States and realizing the nation's energy goals. The report released this week by the Obama Administration, points not only to the importance of energy efficiency in the home, but to the use of energy management systems and set-it-and-forget-it technologies such as programmable thermostats and home control and automation systems. (Though home control and automation systems aren?t mentioned by name.)
Big idea: Create the 21st-century energy ecosystem -- and take a big piece of what's expected to be a $100 billion smart-grid market. "My job is like having to put together a 1,000-piece puzzle," says Laura Ipsen, 46, "but I don't have the box top with the picture of what it looks like, and some pieces are missing." Ipsen's first big move came this fall when she teamed up with advanced metering firm Itron to develop the blueprint for utilities to build open, interoperable systems. She also brokered the deal for Cisco to acquire wireless company Arch Rock
The Consumer Electronics Association has come out strongly against one particular provision in the stimulus package passed by Congress last week: the “Buy American” clause, which calls for the use of U.S.-made materials in projects funded by the package.
The delay of the DTV transition is now virtually official, as the House of Representatives Wednesday voted to move the date from Feb. 17 to June 12. The measure now goes to the desk of President Obama, who has vowed to sign it.