General Motors’ manufacturing facility in Rochester, NY, is now landfill-free, bringing GM’s landfill-free facility count to 109, which it says is more than any automaker. The company has committed to achieving 125 landfill-free facilities by 2020. Show More Summary
E-waste producers, recyclers and policymakers in North America may want to turn their gaze to Taiwan, which in the past two decades has transformed itself into a recycling powerhouse. The island has about 2,000 recycling companies and an industrial recycling rate of about 80 percent, and last year waste firms brought in revenues of 65.8 billion Taiwan […]
The billions of dollars budgeted for Smart Grid Investment and Smart Grid Demonstration grants under the 2009 stimulus program were greeted with big headlines and were the buzzwords monopolizing smart grid conversations when they were announced and long after. Everyone in the industry knew at least the basics about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Continue reading ?
Australian energy distribution company SP AusNet has selected Stockholm, Sweden-based communications technology and services provider Ericsson to develop and implement a 3G network-enabled communications solution to support its electricity smart meter program. Show More Summary
Corinex Communications is collaborating with Genus Power Infrastructures Limited to develop India’s first indigenous smart meter featuring broadband over power line (BPL) communications technology. The first Indian meter vendor to employ...Show More Summary
Utility companies are plowing millions into the so-called “smart grid,” and a consumer group is pleased. Ameren is investing $22 million in its territory, upgrading lines and substations and adding capacity, and ComEd is already installing meters that can be read remotely, putting an end to estimated billing, and will alert the company to a Continue reading ?
While the $75,000 Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid might sound like an expensive entry to the electric vehicle segment, General Motors has taken a few extra steps that will make the luxury coupe more affordable to recharge. When it arrives in January, the ELR will come ready for the Smart Grid, meaning that owners will be Continue reading ?
So says World Bank President Jim Yong Kim: “We don’t do nuclear energy.” Okay. “The World Bank Group does not engage in providing support for nuclear power. We think that this is an extremely difficult conversation that every country is continuing to have. Show More Summary
Forbes has an article on a Swedish tidal power technology company - Deep Green Power Plant Taps Low-Velocity Tidal Energy With Underwater Kites. A Swedish start-up company is generating electricity from low-velocity tidal currents with...Show More Summary
Gizmodo has a post on an unusually ambitious plan for space based solar power being promoted in Japan (being dubbed a "death star" in some quarters) - Japan Wants To Ring The Moon With Solar Panels To Power The Earth. After the Fukushima boondoggle back in 2011, Japan has wholeheartedly embraced solar power as its alternative energy of choice. Show More Summary
I recently read John Le Carre's latest book, "A Delicate Truth", and today's news stories about Australian intelligence agencies spying on East Timor's government as it negotiated with Australia over oil and gas resources in the Timor Sea did leave a similar bitter taste in the mouth. Show More Summary
The Los Angeles Daily News penned a noteworthy editorial recently titled “California is drowning in ancient and unfair water rules.” It’s noteworthy because the editorial correctly debunks some of the common myths about California’s water system. read more
Nestlé, Walmart Chile, Coca-Cola Chile, PepsiCo, and Unilever have signed a partnership to reduce waste and support a new recycling network in Chile. The companies have backed the Collective Recycling Project, which aims to recycle about 1,200 metric tons of waste per year through the installation of five recycling centers in the capital of Santiago. […]
A report out this week may help companies as they try to determine the greatest climate-related risks to their business – but it also hints at how much firms still don’t know. Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises, produced by a National Research Council-appointed panel, says that some predicted climate change effects are unlikely over […]
At Memoori Research, we have just published our second report analyzing the fast growing market for Energy Management Software in Smart Buildings and together with its “sister” report which focused on interfacing Smart Buildings with Smart Grid they confirm beyond any shadow of doubt that together they will play the critical role in reducing CO2 Continue reading ?
In two prior articles we discussed the fantasy and reality of the IoT and its application in the smart grid. We are, indeed, well on our way to a smarter grid. About half of the houses in the U.S. already have advanced communicating electricity meters. Utilities worldwide are installing distribution automation equipment that controls power Continue reading ?
The Internet is increasingly involved in maintenance of power grids in general and smart grids in particular. This, of course, leads to great advances, and equally great security concerns. Making energy management smarter is a work in progress. The good news is that great progress is being made. At GreenTech Media, James Newcomb and Bentham Continue reading ?
Big data analytics and forecasting software will become the cornerstone of business for utilities and bring significant growth opportunities for information and communication technology (ICT) vendors, according to a report from Frost & Sullivan. via Renew Grid: Content / Up Front / Frost & Sullivan: Big Data Transforming Utility Business Model.
Governments around the world stimulate the development of renewables by offering subsidies. But fossil fuels are subsidized too. Given the realities of climate change and increasing global energy demand, a better option could be a carbon tax – which might promote renewables better than any policy. read more
Recently I have been spending a lot of time thinking about global fuel subsidies. The most extreme example is Venezuela, where gasoline costs only 6 cents per gallon. That’s not a typo. The price in Venezuela is less than 1/50th of what I pay in California. read more