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Two Years After Sandy, the Conversation Around Energy Resiliency Still Going Strong

New Jersey has made great strides forward and impressive progress toward making the Garden State’s energy infrastructure more resilient in the two years since the damage and flooding from Superstorm Sandy caused a massive weeks-long power outage. read more

Silver Spring Networks: Moving From Meters to Smart Grid SaaS Provider

Silver Spring Networks has been striving to define itself not just as a smart meter vendor — an increasingly tough business to be in — but as a provider of software and services to put the smart grid’s increasing number of devices to use. Last week, it won a contract to provide consumer engagement and Continue reading ?

How Will the Auto Industry Capitalize on the Internet of Things?

The “Internet of Things” is a very broad term, but think of it this way: in the future, all of our devices could talk to one another, enabling new ways to interact with the world around us. According to ABI Research, there will be more than 30 billion devices connected to the Internet of Things Continue reading ?

How big data and ‘Internet of Things’ is helping manufacturing sector

Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT) is revolutionizing the world around us – from the medical care we receive to the way retailers market to us – but how is the manufacturing industry benefitting from it? Large manufacturers have been analyzing data to optimize production and processes for many years to drive performance. Continue reading ?

The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

Alex Epstein Fossil fuels have driven human progress and dramatically reduced grinding poverty, says Alex Epstein. That’s a hard pill for many people to swallow.

Using 433 MHz for wireless connectivity in the Internet of Things

14 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

The radio frequency that you choose for your wireless IoT application is very, very important. There are regulatory and physical considerations that must be accounted for and weighed against the design goals and specifications of the IoT application you are developing. The three primary frequencies to consider in the US market are 433 MHz, 902-928 Continue reading ?

SunPower Is Tripling Solar Capacity, Boosting Cell Efficiency, Adding Energy Management and Storage

SunPower acquired SolarBridge, an Austin, Texas-based VC-funded integrated microinverter startup. SolarBridge has a high-performance, premium-priced inverter that is a good match for the industry's highest-efficiency solar module from SunPower. read more

US Consumers Eager for Internet of Things in the Home, Survey Reveals

17 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

Savant®, a leading smart home technology company, has released new survey results that indicate more than half of consumers in the United States believe that home automation will be an everyday feature in less than 10 years. Nearly one-fourth believe the technology will be an everyday feature in less than five years. via Nov. 12, Continue reading ?

Message Sent and Received on Nuclear Value

It’s one thing for nuclear advocates to say that nuclear energy should be correctly valued as a carbon dioxide-free energy source. This means not just any new plants that will happen along, but, as important, those now in service. If...Show More Summary

White House Climate Preparedness Task Force Releases Recommendations and Tools

The President’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience rolled out its recommendations recently, and the White House announced a new user-friendly online ‘toolkit’ to help the public and decision-makers. read more

The Planet Just Had Its Hottest October On Record

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reports that last month was the hottest October in more than 120 years of record-keeping. This follows the hottest September, August, June, and March-May in JMA’s records. Projections by NOAA make clear 2014 is increasingly likely to be hottest year on record. read more

A NEW WAY TO SEE CLIMATE CHANGE

NASA Computer Model Provides a New Portrait of Carbon Dioxide Patrick Lynch, November 17, 2014 (NASA) “An ultra-high-resolution NASA computer model has given scientists a stunning new look at how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere travels...Show More Summary

EU OCEAN WIND TO CUT COSTS, KEEP GROWING

Offshore wind industry races to cut costs as subsidies drop Christoph Steitz and Geert De Clercq with Pravin Char, November 17, 2014 (Reuters) “…Britain, Germany and the Netherlands, wary of committing billions of euros when budgetsShow More Summary

COST-COMPETIVE NEW ENERGY, GERMANY’S 'GIFT TO THE WORLD’

Thank Germany for Falling Prices of Solar Panels and Wind Turbines Harold L. Sirkin, November 18, 2014 (Bloomberg BusinessWeek) “…[N]early 30 percent of Germany’s electric power comes from renewable energy sources, and the percentage is growing. Show More Summary

NEW ENERGY MATCHES COAL ON COST, CAPACITY IN TURKEY

Turkey: Growing electricity demand can be met by renewables at the same cost as coal… Zachary Davies Boren, November 14, 2014 (Greenpeace) "Turkey could use clean energy instead of coal generation to achieve its twin aims of growingShow More Summary

Eight Pitfalls in Evaluating Green Energy Solutions

Some citizens who are concerned about the long-term viability of the electric grid will no doubt want to purchase their own solar systems with inverters and back-up batteries. I won't discourage those who want to do this–the systems may prove to be of assistance. But I see no reason to subsidize these purchases. read more

How to Sell Smart Homes to the Middle Market

20 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

Integrators have to do more than just hang a sign outside their front door to garner middle-market customers. During a recent CE Pro webinar, Greg Simmons, vice president at CE Pro 100 Eagle Sentry, said integrators need to work closely with homebuilders to help them select the correct technology to offer in their standards and Continue reading ?

Amazon Commits to 100% Renewable Energy

Amazon Web Services says it will source 100 percent renewable energy for its global infrastructure. The company doesn’t give a timeframe for achieving this goal. Amazon has come under fire from Greenpeace for powering its infrastructure with polluting energy sources, unlike its high-tech rivals Google, Rackspace, Apple and Facebook that have all committed to 100 […]

NRG to Slash CO2 Emissions 90% by 2050

NRG Energy has set a goal to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions 50 percent by 2030 and 90 percent by 2050 below a 2014 baseline. The energy company announced the new goals yesterday, in conjunction with a groundbreaking ceremony of its new “ultra-green” corporate headquarters (pictured) in Princeton, New Jersey, expected to open in 2016. […]

Friday Energy Facts: Solar Photovoltaic Output Depends on Orientation, Tilt, and Tracking

Because PV panels are able to capture more solar energy when they are pointed directly at the sun, installers may configure systems to optimize output by adjusting the orientation and tilt of a system, or by using mechanisms that track the sun as it traverses the sky. read more

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