Tendril buys Recurve for energy analytics

Energy software company Tendril has snapped up intellectual property, employees and a San Francisco office from Recurve, the startup (formerly called Sustainable Spaces) which develops and sells software to help energy auditors determine the most cost-efficient energy efficiency measures for their customers.

The battle heats up for California’s energy privacy rules

California’s groundbreaking set of rules on utility customer energy data are facing comment from the smart grid industry this week, and there’s still plenty of confusion over the fine print. In short, CPUC’s rules will need to change to avoid stifling the smart grid-home energy marketplace.

PHOTOS: Energy Gadgets from Distributech!

The annual smart grid show Distributech, held this week, was chock full of energy gadgets for consumers and utilities to manage home energy consumption. Will any of these succeed, and which one is your favorite? Check out our photo slide show!

Are Consumers Ready for Home Energy Management in 2011?

Is 2011 the year that consumers will finally warm to using gadgets and software to manage their home energy consumption? Startups like Tendril and Control4 are using the DistribuTECH show this week to tout new deals and partnerships that they hope will build up the market.

People Power: Energy Tracker in Transition

Buzzy Silicon Valley home energy management startup People Power has opened its arms to an enterprise platform approach, one that may involve targeting the office even more aggressively than the home.

Cisco Launches Smart Grid Assault, Home Energy Gadget

Just last week we noted how Cisco had one official smart grid product on the market, which was basically hardened networking gear for utility substations. Yeah, well scratch that. On Tuesday morning Cisco launched its all-out smart grid assault, including a home energy management product.

Who Really Needs an iPad?

It has been a long time (if ever) that a new product has generated such hype after its announcement as the iPad from Apple (s aapl). Who really needs one of these new iPads? My answer may surprise many — no one.