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Top 2014 Acquisitions that Advanced the Internet of Things

It’s undeniable: 2014 was the year when the electronics industry decidedly and collectively moved forward to push the Internet of Things (IoT). For evidence, look no further than the myriad mergers and acquisitions among chip vendors, system companies, and software vendors this year — many in the IoT space. Beyond the usual reasons for consolidation Continue reading ?

Alliance Prepping for Ethernet in the Industrial IoT

Professional audio/video (AV) distribution and industrial control have more in common than you might have thought. For one, they both have a need for low-latency, deterministic, high-bandwidth networking connectivity for time-critical distribution of information. Show More Summary

Wolverton: Next-generation tracking technology could be in your gadgets soon

Sophisticated tracking technology, the likes of which you might associate with governments or big companies, may soon be in consumers’ hands, homes, cars and local stores. If it works as described — a big “if,” of course, — the technology developed by a small-but-established U.K. company called Apical could detect not only people, but determine Continue reading ?

Mexico's Energy Legislation Needs to Incorporate Clean Energy in Order to Fight Climate Change

Mexican President Peña Nieto spoke at the 20th Conference of the Parties climate negotiations in Lima, Peru last week about Mexico’s commitment to fight climate change, including a commitment of $10 million to the Global Climate Fund and $20 million to the Global Environment Fund. read more

AllSeen Alliance Welcomes New Members

The AllSeen Alliance, a cross-industry collaboration to advance the Internet of Everything through an open source software project, today announced eight new members are joining the organization: ADT Security Services, GeoPal Solutions, Inteno Broadband Technology AB, Lenovo, Modacom, POWERTECH, Resin.io and Things.Expert. Show More Summary

In California and Iowa, Advanced Energy Means Lots of Jobs

The advanced energy industry in California is, not surprisingly, California-sized – over 431,000 workers in more than 40,000 businesses. Rural Iowa has 22,600 advanced energy employees in 1,400 businesses, more workers than in crop production, trucking, or animal production. read more

High-Energy Innovation: The Case of Shale Gas

The boom in U.S. natural gas production, created by technical innovations in the recovery of natural gas from previously inaccessible shale rock formations and land-use policies that favor private development, has helped lower electricity costs and benefited the petrochemical and manufacturing industries. read more

ORIGINAL REPORTING: HAWAII'S UTILITIES PLAN FOR 67% RENEWABLES BY 2030

Hawaii's utilities plan for 67% renewables by 2030 Herman K. Trabish | September 3, 2014 (Utility Dive) Hawaii's utilities have submitted detailed plans to regulators on how they will meet customer demands for more renewables at lower...Show More Summary

ORIGINAL REPORTING: CAN WARREN BUFFETT'S PACIFICORP BRING THE NORTHWEST'S RENEWABLE RICHES TO MARKET?

Can Warren Buffett's Pacificorp bring the Northwest's renewable riches to market?; The Energy Gateway will change the way America uses energy — when it gets finished. Herman K. Trabish | September 15, 2014 (Utility Dive) States willShow More Summary

IoT DevOps get interesting with joint initiative from Cisco and others

11 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

Cisco Systems, Inc., Bosch GmbH, and ABB Ltd., have teamed up to form a joint initiative that aims to develop and operate an open software platform targeting smart home devices and applications. This platform aims to facilitate the exchange of data from connected devices of different brands as well as provide a number of services related Continue reading ?

LCA Software eToolLCD Lets Manufacturers Upload Environmental Product Declarations for Comparison

Product manufacturers have a new tool to get their Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) in front of construction project design teams with a new functionality of life cycle assessment tool eToolLCD. The eToolLCD now allows users to enter their own EPDs listed in the software, allowing users and designers to compare the environmental performance of various […]

5 Big Trends in Home Energy in 2014

Energy concerns might not be the star player when it comes to the connected home, but the past year has shown this issue may actually have a lot more pull than some think. And it isn't just things like consumer devices that are moving the market along. read more

Stop Attacking Uber for Lax Safety Standards

Matthew Feeney It’s been a bad few weeks for Uber, the San Francisco-based transportation technology company. After a spate of bad coverage, the ride-sharing business is facing bans in Spain, the Netherlands, and Nevada, as well as a lawsuit in Californiascrutinizing its driver background checks. Show More Summary

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Short-Sighted and Reckless Victory for Health and Climate'

The opposite and deeply conflicted ends of the fracking spectrum that came alive when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state would move to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing, also known as 'fracking.' Reaction to the move has been swift. read more

Nest Learning Thermostat Will Soon Be Able To Change Temperatures Via “OK Google” Command

13 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

The Nest Learning Thermostat is one of the coolest home automation products out there, giving you the ability to connect it to your smartphone for all kinds of interconnected capabilities, the most obvious being the control of the thermostat via an app hub. When it comes to automation, Google is handily making this feature available Continue reading ?

Educating the First Generation of Sustainability Managers

Today, as our growing economy stresses the ecosystems that make human life and wealth possible, CEOs must manage the physical dimensions of sustainability. What used to be a small, negligible part of management has become a core function of management. read more

Protecting our shared environment is a conservative value and a liberal responsibility

It is past time to move towards a broader view of our shared responsibility to protect our environment, seek improved prosperity, and leave a better world than the one to which we were born. The political boundary lines that seem toShow More Summary

Companies Pay $9.7M in EPA Enforcement Actions

EPA enforcement actions in fiscal year 2014 required companies to invest more than $9.7 billion to curb pollution and clean up contaminated sites, according to the agency’s annual enforcement and compliance results. The EPA’s cases resulted in $163 million in combined federal administrative, civil judicial penalties, and criminal fines. Show More Summary

Emissions Rules Could Cost Homebuilders $55M

New emissions standards could cost homebuilders and other manufacturers more than $55 million initially and close to $20 million each year after to comply with, The Hill reports. The EPA proposal, announced this week, would set emissions standards for the manufacturers of brick, structural clay, ceramic walls, floor tiles, and other products used to build […]

EH&S Tech Services Leaders Revealed

CH2M Hill, ERM and E2 ManageTech are among the nine leading environment, health and safety information management and technology services firms, according to a Verdantix report, Green Quadrant EH&S Technology Services. The study findings are based on interviews with 15 buyers of EH&S information management consulting services, a survey of 250 heads of EH&S and […]

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