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Comverge expands energy-efficiency software play

To cut peak-time power, the demand response company is moving beyond air conditioner controllers to handle electric vehicles and wireless thermostats.

By February 1, 2011


How smart grid fought off U.S. heat wave

Grid operators called on demand response--or cutting back on power in multiple spots--and shed the equivalent of multiple power plants to manage peak demand during last week's heat wave.

By July 26, 2011


Future uncertain for in-home energy 'dashboards'

Green-tech firms have created a slew of gadgets to help people use energy more wisely at home. But consumer acceptance is another matter.

By February 3, 2011


Energy management software field gets crowded

Demand response software company EnerNoc launches a hosted application for managing corporate energy, an area analysts predict will grow rapidly next year.

By November 17, 2010


The journey of juice: Inside the electric grid

CNET's Martin LaMonica takes a road trip to get a front-row view of the wholesale grid in action and to see how the grid will change in the future.

By August 24, 2010


Virtual power plants fill supply gaps in heat wave

Faced with brutally hot days and high energy demand last week, grid operators found that dialing down energy with demand response efficiency technology worked as effectively as drawing more juice from power plants.

By July 13, 2010


Survey: Timeline for smart-grid payoff unclear

Energy efficiency company Comverge finds little agreement on when benefits from the smart grid will be realized.

By March 31, 2010


Energy efficiency firm Comverge jumps in IPO

Wall Street takes a shine to Comverge, a company that monitors and adjusts home and office thermostats.

By April 16, 2007


Is smart grid the next green-tech bubble?

IT heavyweights and start-ups are eying stimulus money to modernize the grid but there's some concern that too much money and hype could lead to inflated expectations.

By June 19, 2009


What if your refrigerator got its own electricity bill?

Rafe Needleman talks with Tendril CEO Adrian Tuck about the smart grid and smarter devices.

By May 13, 2009