### Why Tendril may (finally) be positioned for growth

Despite layoffs and business model changes, Smart Grid News' Jesse Berst thinks home energy startup Tendril is in a good position for growth.…

### Greentech stocks rebound, but only partially

After the great market sell-off yesterday, stocks are rebounding slightly on Tuesday, including many of the greentech stocks that took a beating yesterday. But most of them are only up slightly. Here's the latest:…

### 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.…

### EnerNOC Reports Revenues & Losses Up in Q1

EnerNOC spent a lot of money on acquiring companies in the first quarter, and it showed in the U.S. demand response leader increased revenues and growing losses for the first quarter.…

### Digi’s Quiet Smart Grid Play: From the Network to the Cloud

Quiet smart grid player Digi International is already providing networking for some of the best-known names in the industry, and it’s aiming to move into the emerging world of cloud-based smart grid services and applications as well.…

### Demand Response “Negawatts” Getting a Pay Day

The federal grid regulator has ruled that the "negawatts" delivered by demand response companies deserve the same market prices as megawatts of generated energy — a ruling that could pay huge dividends for the demand response industry.…

### EnerNOC: Revenues Up, Profit Up, Denies PJM Claim

U.S. demand response leader EnerNOC took time during its Wednesday year-end conference call to defend itself in a market rules dispute with big customer PJM, saying the grid operator wants to "underpay" EnerNOC for its negawatts.…

### 10 Smart Grid Trends from Distributech

The annual smart grid event Distributech kicked off in San Diego Tuesday morning and -- as expected -- it's unleashed a whole series of news from smart grid-focused firms. Here are 10 trends and news bits out of Distributech this morning.…

### Plug-In Cars Meet Smart Grid, Courtesy of OnStar, Comverge

General Motors has been talking for years about using its OnStar system to hook up the plug-in Chevy Volt to the smart grid and this week gave a peek into how that might happen in partnership with demand response player Comverge.…

### EnerNOC Buys M2M for Farming Demand Response

EnerNOC is buying a piece of the agricultural demand response market with its purchase of Boise, Idaho-based M2M Communications. Will controlling irrigation pumps be a field of growth for the demand response industry?…

### The All-Access iPhone-Connected Thermostat

Build your energy-smart home with iPhone-compatible thermostats from Home Depot. That's the new product from Radio Thermostat, as well as the goal of the U-SNAP Alliance, which seeks to bundle Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Z Wave, FM radio and other flavors of communications for the energy-aware home.…

### Beyond Demand Response: EnerNOC Expands

The demand response players continue rebranding. EnerNOC has launched its EfficiencySMART brand to tie together its building energy management, sustainability planning and energy procurement lines of business from building to enterprise.…

### GridWeek Roundup: Smart Grid Integration, Ahoy

Smart grid trade show GridWeek is wrapping up in Washington D.C., but the hard work of integrating all the hardware and software on display has just begun.…

### Why Comverge Is Rebranding Demand Response

Comverge has rebranded itself as a provider of "intelligent energy management" services. What does that mean for the demand response provider's future against big competitor EnerNOC and upstarts in the smart grid space?…

### The Race Is (Still) On: ZigBee vs. WiFi for Smart Energy Homes

In the race between the wireless standards ZigBee and WiFi to network energy-smart homes, ZigBee is so far the clear winner. But that doesn’t mean ZigBee has proven its superiority to Wi-Fi.…

### Why the Line Between Smart Grid & Demand Response Is Blurring

Big demand response players are leveraging their middleman role between utilities and customers to apply their technology in to fields traditionally defined as smart grid. Given the way the market is developing, they may have little choice.…

### Report: Smart Grid Outspends Smart Meters

Smart meters get all the attention, but smart distribution grid and substation projects are actually taking the lead in smart grid spending across the nation, and corporate giants are reaping the benefit. That’s the gist of a Cleantech Group report released by the DOE Thursday.…

### Opt-Out: The Biggest Little Words in Home Energy Management

What if the most successful home energy-saving technology ends up being the one people have to opt out of? Utilities can sign customers up for programs automatically, unless they actively choose not to join. Companies targeting the home energy management space should remember this powerful tool.…

### Will ZigBee Rule Networked Lighting?

Stealthy startup Daintree Networks wants to take a slightly different tack than its competitors — deliver ZigBee-based, interoperable lighting controls to market by partnering directly with the incumbents. Will the big boys be interested?…

### Cali Opens the Market to Demand Response

Wanted — California electricity consumers who can turn off 100 megawatts or more of power use on a moment’s notice. In return, you can get paid as if you’re actually generating that same amount of power, with prices set on the open market.…

### EnerNOC: What Heat Wave?

Power grids that emerged unscathed from the recent heat wave in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states have demand response companies to thank, and proved it's a good idea to get the demand response word out when the electrical grid starts feeling the strain.…