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Why the smart grid is stuck in first gear

The smart grid is taking hold slowly, held back by utility industry regulations and the lack of compelling applications for consumers.

By September 15, 2011


Best Buy to sell home energy management gear

Best Buy will demo new grid technologies designed to improve home energy efficiency and give consumers remote control of thermostats and appliances.

By September 14, 2011


Smart thermostats to get smart cloud software

The familiar manual Honeywell thermostat will get a 21st-century upgrade by connecting over the Internet to Opower's home energy-efficiency recommendation service.

By September 13, 2011


Tendril buys Grounded Power to get smarter about consumer energy

Smart-grid technology company Tendril acquires Grounded Power, a start-up which has applied techniques from campaigns to help people quit smoking to home energy efficiency.

By October 19, 2010


IBM's North Carolina smart-grid trial shaves power

Electricity use drops by an average of 15 percent in a pilot test of a smart-grid system among 100 commercial and business customers.

By September 21, 2009