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Comverge Demand-Response Software to Get in Front of Smart Grid

Jeff St. John: February 3, 2009, 5:07 PM
Comverge Inc. (NSDQ: COMV) has built a business installing its own hardware and software in homes to help utilities curtail residential power use and use one-way pager networks to control them. Now the East Hanover, N.J.-based company is launching software to get a piece of the demand-response action due to emerge from the installation of smart meter and Internet-based energy saving networks from other "smart grid" players. The "Apollo Platform," as Comverge calls its new software, is aimed at managing the two-way communications capabilities that smart meters and Internet-based energy management systems offer, as well as Comverge's one-way, pager-based control systems it's...

GM to Work With SF to Launch Volt

Ucilia Wang: February 3, 2009, 1:33 PM

General Motors plans to work with San Francisco and other cities to roll out its much-touted Chevy Volt, a plug-in hybrid-electric car that is scheduled for market launch next year.

Now, the cities are not in the business of selling cars. But they can make it easier for a company to do business through their permitting and other policy-making power. Plus, large cities often own large fleets of cars, making them good potential customers.

For companies that want to popularize electric cars of all kinds, seeking a municipal or state blessing is a good approach. Seeking help from cities that already have committed to popularizing electric cars is an even smarter -- and obvious --...

Smart Grid Cross-Pollination at DistribuTech

Jeff St. John: February 3, 2009, 8:40 AM

Smart grid-related companies are getting up into each other’s business.

That’s the gist of the news coming out of the DistribuTech conference in San Diego on Tuesday morning. The business of the “smart grid???— that is, building two-way communications systems between utilities and their customers to measure and control power use — involves a lot of moving parts. Equipment, communications and software providers are forming increasingly tangled webs of partnerships and competitive stances.

Such deals were already coming out in advance of the conference (see DistribuTech Puts Spotlight on Smart Grid). Tuesday morning saw a few more emerge.

One was a deal between smart grid...

If Not a Gas Tax, Increased Battery Subsidies

Darryl Siry: February 3, 2009, 7:39 AM
Previously, I suggested that our country should implement a gas tax. Several other blogs picked this up and the commentary was fairly vitriolic. The gist of the nasty stuff was the notion that raising the gas tax was an attack on families struggling to survive in this recession. I respect this point of view, if not the unseemly way many express it. The point I was making, and continue to make, is that the current economic situation will make it increasingly difficult to maintain the momentum we have built to address the longer term issues we face as a society. The progress on this front has been very positive and it will take extraordinary leadership to sustain it given the short...