Early results: PG&E customers like controlling thermostats with iPhones

According to early results of PG&E’s trial with smart thermostats from Honeywell and Opower, customers really like controlling the thermostat remotely with their iPhones. Remote control could prove to be one of the first smart grid applications that is a clear benefit to consumers.

Missing PowerMeter & Hohm? Here are 12 other home energy tool options

Internet giants Google and Microsoft have officially given their web-based energy management tools the Donald Trump (as in You’re Fired!), and lannounced that they would be closing them down. But there are still over a dozen options trying to tackle this difficult market.

DOE’s First Loan Guarantee for Transmission Goes to Nevada

The U.S. Department of Energy said Tuesday it has finalized a $343 million loan guarantee for building One Nevada Transmission, which will provide highway-to-ferry electricity, including renewables, between the northern and southern Nevada.

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.

Connecting the Electric Dots: The Rise of Transmission Lines

For those who see the grid as a web off rough and narrow highways that can’t handle a big surge in renewable electricity, there is hope. Big transmission projects across the nation have broken ground or won key approvals this month.