### GridGlo Mines Big Data for Real Time Energy Apps

Is the Foursquare, Twitter, or Mint.com of real time energy data just around the corner? GridGlo, a year-old startup working on combining energy data with other big data sets, launched on Wednesday, with a plan to sell apps around energy info to utilities.…

### The Evolution of Home Energy Management

Tendril Networks is finally seeing some of its dozens of utility pilots blossom into full-scale commercial deployments numbering in the millions of homes. But where does Tendril’s classic model of in-home devices linked to smart meters fit into today’s brave new world of home energy management?…

How do we get consumers to use less energy and to use it smarter? State and local governments might be able to incentivize smart grid rollouts, but to ensure adoption, utilities will need to educate consumers and giving them the right tools, such as peak pricing.…

### Green:Net: Connected Cities Are Sustainable Cities

At Green:Net next week, we'll be exploring how adding IT technologies to anything from the power grid, to data centers, to buildings, to lighting can lead to energy efficiency and a more sustainable consumption of increasingly-constrained resources.…

### Opower Lands Utilities PG&E, BG&E

Can Opower fix utilities smart meter customer relation woes? The startup, which uses data about energy consumption to modify consumer behavior, has two new clients -- Pacific Gas & Electric and Baltimore Gas & Electric — that have faced issues with smart meters and consumers.…

### For OPower, Cloud, Big Data & Digital Energy Equal Magic

Ever wondered how big data, smart grid and cloud computing will impact an average person? Now you can, thanks to Opower, which molds terabytes of data into delightful insights, shares them with many of us, hoping that we will do our bit as willing conservationists.…

### OPower Ponders an Energy Device

OPower, the startup that gets homeowners to cut energy use with out in-home dashboards and gateways, is looking at home energy automation devices. What are the pros and cons of high-tech automation versus smart behavioral science?…

Home energy efficiency startup OPOWER has raised $50 million as it seeks to quadruple its customer base and add new features to its age-old, paper report-based customer outreach.… Read More ### GE’s First 12 Challenge Winners, A Few Surprises General Electric and some high-flying venture capital partners have named 12 winners of the first$55 million of a $200 million “ecomagination challenge” they launched this summer. The list is full of some already well-funded companies, including several that GE is already investing in.… Read More ### PG&E Picks 2 Consumer Energy Partners, OPOWER? Pacific Gas & Electric has picked two companies to help it aggregate, analyze and present energy data to its customers outside of smart meter channels. Might one of them be OPOWER?… Read More ### 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.… Read More ### Tendril Acquires GroundedPower, Raises$23M

Tendril, the venture-backed home energy management startup, has raised yet more funding and acquired a startup focused on software for behavioral energy efficiency. I'd been wondering how Tendril would try to maneuver in the difficult and increasingly competitive space.…

### 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.…

### Enter California's Smart Grid Task Force

You know a problem has gotten out of hand when there's a task force created to address it. Today PG&E and partners announced the creation of the "Smart Grid Task Force" that will tackle an area that has been sorely needed for the smart grid: public education.…

### Microsoft Looks to Peer Pressure for Energy Tool Hohm

Shame, guilt, and embarrassment are always good tools to change people's behavior. This morning Microsoft added in a "score" functionality to its energy management tool Hohm which gives a Hohm score to every address entered based on how energy efficient the building is.…

### WeatherBug Eyes the Smart Grid Buzz

The last time you encountered WeatherBug — the brand name of a company that has 8,000 weather tracking stations across the U.S.…

### Lesson Learned from the PG&E Smart Meter Suit: It's a Communication Problem

We’ve yet to delve too deeply into all of the fisticuffs surrounding the suit filed by a Bakersfield, Calif. resident against utility…