Intelligent Energy Management

A Month after the Election – What is the Future for Clean Technology and Demand-Side Management?

It’s December, a month after the election and the dust has settled on the control and direction of the federal government for the next four years. Though Trump hasn’t laid out a concrete energy plan, we have a better idea of policies he’ll pursue and their consequences. Right off the bat, Trump’s appointment of Oklahoma... Read More


Cybersecurity Threat Reduction Through Vulnerability Research

As I outlined in my first blog post, Comverge’s cybersecurity approach is based on a Defense in Depth strategy that includes a security-aware systems development life cycle (SDLC) that promotes threat reduction through vulnerability research. As part of Comverge’s ongoing commitment to ensure the security and integrity of our DirectLink load control switches and smart thermostats... Read More


A Look Back at the PLMA Spring Conference: It’s Getting Better All the Time

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The Peak Load Management Alliance is an organization that has completely transformed itself over the last three years. As noted in its recent press release, membership in the 17 year old organization recently hit 100, which is 50 more members than three years ago.  Think about that, an organization that took 14 years to get... Read More


2015: A Banner Year for Comverge

We issued a press release this week announcing that Comverge helped our utility clients avoid more than 30 gigawatt hours of energy use during their grids’ most congested hours. We did this by dispatching 9.4 million control events that automatically cycled off high energy use appliances (ex  air conditioner or water heater) for residential and... Read More


The Top Line on Energy Management: November 14, 2014

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Summary: 2015 Comverge Utility Conference; Utilities embrace analytics; Smart cities explained; The evolution of the modern grid; A look at the smart grid market Next April the 2015 Comverge Utility Conference (CUC) heads back to St. Petersburg, Florida Intelligent Utility explained why big data analytics are changing the modern utility across all sectors of the... Read More

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The Top Line on Energy Management: October 24, 2014

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Summary: Meet Tom Barbour; DR works for consumers; The future of smart energy; The U.S. can learn from Germany; Customer engagement solutions from SGCC We introduced Tom Barbour, who leads the Solution Delivery professional services team at Comverge Demand response is good for consumers and the grid by keeping prices low and power on during... Read More

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Variety: The Spice of Life

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The closer we get to the Comverge Utility Conference, the more excited we’re getting over here at Comverge. We’ve talked a lot about all the entertainment, dining and tourist hotspots in New Orleans, and with variety everywhere, there really is something for everybody. That’s also the key to a good conference. Everybody has their concentrations... Read More

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EDF Guest Post: Demand Response: People, not New Power Plants, are Driving the Clean Energy Future

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This post was contributed by the Environmental Defense Fund’s, Cheryl Roberto. Clean energy resources, like wind, solar, and energy efficiency, have certain key advantages over traditional, fossil fuel-based resources: they don’t require expensive, polluting fuels or large capital investment, consume little to no water, generate negligible carbon emissions, and are easily scalable. To take full... Read More

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A Pepco Holdings Success Story

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I have always liked the expression “You can learn a lot about someone by who their friends are.” When translated to the business world, an organization’s reputation often hinges on whom they do business with. Who are its customers? And are they successful working with the organization? This is an area that I am particularly... Read More

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The Top Line on Energy Management: February 14, 2014

Summary: Recapping DTECH; The future of utilities; Smart grid lessons learned; White House releases cybersecurity framework; A new view on AMI; Key energy conference themes; Smart home market is growing Comverge CEO Blake Young recapped everything DistribuTECH 2014, including our new advanced applications and recent customer wins Energy power players Ron Binz, Jim Rogers, and... Read More


Putting our Best Foot Forward at DistribuTECH 2014

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Like many companies in our industry, every New Year means DistribuTECH is just around the corner, and this year we outdid ourselves. We’ve found that besides the agenda sessions that take place at industry events, conversations that take place at exhibitor booths are often the most valuable to sales teams and potential buyers. And our... Read More

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Why Wi-Fi is a Natural Fit for Demand Response

In November, I published the first of a series of articles in which I compare the various communications options for demand response (DR) programs. In this first installment of the series, I shared my perspective on advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). Though AMI is an important element of the infrastructure of a smarter grid, many utilities... Read More

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Weighing the ZigBee Broadband Gateway Solution for Demand Response

Last month, I wrote an article discussing the strengths and weaknesses of a ZigBee-based advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system for demand response (DR). In the second installment of the series, I will be exploring an alternative communication option for DR that offers more benefits and fewer disadvantages: a ZigBee broadband gateway. As AMI systems started... Read More

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