Intelligent Energy Management

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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Taking Demand Response to the Next Level

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Technology has a habit of reinventing itself and in the process transforming how it can be used. The introduction of broadband networks opened up a new world of Internet services, HD technology brought a cinematic experience into our homes, and MP3s made it possible to carry an entire music collection in our pockets. At this... 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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Demand Response in the Face of Extreme Weather

As any meteorologist certainly tells their boss after a forecasted weekend of sunshine turns into an actual weekend of rain, nature is unpredictable. When dealing with such unpredictability, it pays to have to have something reliable on hand to combat any potential impact extreme weather can have on the electric grid. From hurricanes and earthquakes... Read More

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Does AMI Have What it Takes for Demand Response?

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Several years ago, many utilities went down the path of attempting to use advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) for demand response (DR). As more pursued this option and implemented pilots that served to “kick the tires,” we started to hear from utilities that saw limitations with this approach. Today we receive requests for proposals that are... Read More

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