For Earth Day 2008, CNET News.com green tech reporters selected leading companies in five different clean technology categories. Here are the ones in the electricity business to watch.
It's hard to think of an electric utility as a real mover and a shaker. Most plod along, keeping the lights on, sending the bills out, and delivering dividends to shareholders.
But there are some exceptions and, as new energy technologies come online, power providers are on the front lines of clean tech. Which are worth calling out?
Microsoft has wrapped up its acquisition of smartphone maker Danger, setting the stage for a boost to its consumer mobile business.
Danger will be housed within Microsoft's newly created Premium Mobile Experiences team, which is part of the software giant's Entertainment and Devices Division's Mobile Communications Business, Microsoft said Tuesday.
"Combining Danger and Microsoft talents together in the Premium Mobile Experiences team is how we're going to deliver cool, new, fun mobile experiences to consumers," Roz Ho, corporate vice president of the Premium Mobile Experiences team, said in a statement.
Microsoft says it plans … Read more
Smart-grid company Silver Spring Networks has raised $17.4 million, the latest in a string of investments in the sector.
Foundation Capital and Edison Electric Institute were the investors, according to VentureWire, which reported the news.
Silver Spring Networks does software and devices aimed at utilities that are looking to upgrade to smart-grid infrastructure.
The company makes devices on utility poles that can broker information over IP (Internet Protocol) from people's home smart meters and grid operation centers.
Utilities are starting to invest in advanced meters and networking to make power distribution more efficient and cut down on service … Read more
Believe it or not, instead of hanging that Hello Kitty charm on your mobile phone, you could actually put something useful there. That point was made with the Triforce stylus featured earlier this week, and now there's another one--the USB Smart Cable.
It may not have as much personality as the mouthless cat, but this lanyard from USB Geek can charge a mobile phone using its USB connector so you won't have to worry about running out of juice as long as there's a free port nearby. It also has a microSD slot that works as a … Read more
Energy utility executives say that the environment and greenhouse gas regulations top their worry list.
Researcher Platts and consulting firm Capgemini on Tuesday published the results of a survey that asked 100 executives from the utilities industry what their biggest concerns are.
Although there are no federal regulations to restrict greenhouse gas emissions, utility executives are already preparing.
Ninety-five percent of respondents said that the industry's focus on environment has increased from 2006. Global warming, climate change, and carbon emissions were the top environmental issues, according to 77 percent of the participants.
The reason that utilities are taking carbon … Read more
A handful of smart grid start-ups have announced expansion funding, a sign that utilities are starting to see the technology as a way to meet burgeoning electricity demand.
Broadband over power line (BPL) company Ambient has signed a $10.7 million contract with Duke Energy, according to VentureWire. It raised $2.5 million in January of this year.
The reported deal follows the funding of Redwood City, Calif.-based eMeter, which announced Sunday that it took in $12 million from Siemens, Foundation Capital, and DBL Investors.
eMeter makes software designed to help utilities gather and integrate information generated by advanced … Read more
Motorola broke a few molds when it announced the Smart Rider at CTIA this week. Smart Rider is a cross between a phone and a portable GPS device, using a 2.8-inch high-resolution screen for map display and turn-by-turn directions. It also has voice command and Bluetooth hands-free calling features. Although the news release is a little short on details, it seems to say that you can pair your phone with the Smart Rider, and transfer contact information. However, Smart Rider also has its own GSM connection, so presumably it would have its own phone number, and its cellular connection … Read more
Smart grid technology is touted as a way to reduce stress on the power grid and lower consumers' costs. But a study suggests that simple and relatively cheap energy meters could accomplish some of the same goals.
Energy Insight, an affiliate of IT research firm IDC, conducted a survey that confirms what most people would expect: consumers are crying out for more information on their electricity usage.That's not surprising given the rising costs of electricity in many parts of the U.S. and growing environmental concerns.
The 283 consumers in the study voiced interest in devices that display … Read more
The companies said that they have completed a test using GridPoint's SmartGrid Platform device to charge up cars after 10 p.m.
The timing of when during the day plug-in hybrid cars are charged is crucial.
Oak Bridge National Laboratories earlier this month released a study that found that timing is everything when it comes to plug-in hybrids.
In the worst-case scenario, the … Read more