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150 Million Smart Meter Semiconductors to be Shipped by 2019

12 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

The global market for semiconductors used in smart meters is expected to rise in the next few years as demand for precise energy measurement and communications increases from utility vendors, according to a new report from IHS.Shipments of communicating meters used for two-way communications between smart meters and utilities are forecast to rise to 150 […]

Pictures Of Sea Level Rise

Clearly the ocean is getting too big for its beaches. From NASA Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="//";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

Change Or Be Changed

From a courageous new documentary based on a controversial book: The best chance to demand and build a better world? From AtlanticFilmDotCom via YouTube Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElemenShow More Summary

Postcards From The Hawaii Renewables Struggle

Hawaii has set its sights on 100% renewables by 2045 and its leaders and people don’t believe the proposed $4.3 billion takeover of its utility will get the state there. Here’s why. From Institute for Local Self-Reliance via YouTube Tweet !function(d,s,id){var...Show More Summary

Intel Looks Beyond PCs to the IOT and…BMX Bikes?

The oldest technology is new again, Intel seemed to be saying at the keynote address that kicked off the Intel Developer Forum here Tuesday morning.An elaborate (and enormous) Rube Goldberg machine filled the stage, and when activated, it produced (with the help of myriad platforms, levers, and bowling balls) three clear-plastic bubbles containing the letters […]

Reactor Coolant Pumps for AP1000 still a problem

This is a story that I really don’t want to tell, but bad news is like old fish. It doesn’t smell any better as it ages. All eight AP1000 construction projects are at risk “for want of a nail.” In this case the nail is a reactor coolant pump, the largest one in the world, […] The post Reactor Coolant Pumps for AP1000 still a problem appeared first on Atomic Insights.

For a Tech Billionaire Worried About Energy Efficiency, the Key Is Smarter Infrastructure 

We’ve written before about tech philanthropist Thomas M. Siebel, whose Siebel Systems pioneered customer relationship management software in the 1990s. Siebel started giving big soon after, and so far the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation has given more than $260 million for the homeless and poor, education and research, public health, and the environment. Siebel […]

Secure or not, IoT is everywhere. Get used to it. 

With some astonishment I read last week’s IoT paranoia-inducing Op-Ed column in the New York Times, “Why Smart Objects May Be a Dumb Idea” written by Zeynep Tufekci, who is an assistant professor at UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science.There’s a famous George Bernard Shaw quote from his 1903 play Man and […]

Are customers ready for solar? Just ask Google 

With just an address, Google, using the power of Google Maps, can now look up a residence and analyze the cost effectiveness of installing solar. Project Sunroof, as it is called, was announced on Google’s blog. Google engineer and tool creator Carl Elkin wrote, “As a volunteer with the Boston-based solar program Solarize Massachusetts and […]

Adjusting to the Internet of Things

f you don’t think the Internet of Things (IoT) matters, you’re wrong. If you don’t think the IoT is a big deal—a really big deal—you’re really wrong. Emerging technology that revolutionizes how information is shared and used disrupts many a well-entrenched business paradigm. Don’t think so? Ask former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson about that. […]

Fuel Intentions

What if we just stopped wasting, pissing away, burning, and flushing precious resources? Wouldn’t that contribute significantly to sustainability? The early returns from California’s belated response to its water crisis show that great...Show More Summary

Is telecom a natural transition for utilities? 

As utilities are working to upgrade infrastructure around the world, some are working to cross new boundaries — including in the telecommunications industry. Southern Company jumped into the industry nearly 20 years ago, with the launch of SouthernLINC Wireless. Southern Telecom has been a Southern Company subsidiary since it was founded in 1997. And now […]

Federal Nuclear Clean Up: $150 Billion

Chris Edwards Cleaning up the government’s nuclear weapons sites has become a vast sinkhole for taxpayer dollars. The Department of Energy (DOE) spends about $6 billion a year on environmental clean up of federal nuclear sites. These sites were despoiled in the decades following World War II with little notice taken by Congress. Show More Summary

Mexico's Energy Reforms: Is the Country Now Open for Business? [PODCAST]

In August 2014, Mexico enacted a series of comprehensive energy reform laws, promising to radically transform the electricity and oil and gas sectors. Long controlled by state-owned companies, Mexican President Peña Nieto intended the reforms to open his nation's energy sector for new investment. read more


Nasa: sea levels rising as a result of human-caused climate change 27 August 2015 (NASA) “Josh Willis of NASA explains the space agency’s announcement that a long-term satellite imaging study has shown a dramatic rise in sea levels due to climate change. Show More Summary


Israeli Solar Warms Up; The country has embraced technological innovation—except in renewable energy. Is that finally changing? Daniel Gross, August 7, 2015 (Slate) “…[After six years of development, the first utility-scale solar plant to be built in Israel went online last month. Show More Summary


Wind forecast to help tap more power U. Tejonmayam, August 28, 2015 (Times of India) “Tamil Nadu has the enviable status of being one of the largest wind power-producing states; it also possesses more around 7,800MW installed capacity of this renewable power. Show More Summary


EU-funded project develops wireless recharging solutions for electric cars 2015 August 28 (Xinhua) “The European Union-funded FASTINCHARGE [wireless electric vehicle recharging project aimed at making EVs] more appealing to consumers…[is]...Show More Summary

Vancouver pilot program tests value of new generation of smart thermostats

The city of Vancouver wants to help residents reduce their heating bills by adopting a new generation of thermostats known as smart thermostats.The devices track residents’ behaviours and automatically adjust heating and cooling systems. For instance, a smart thermostat can dial down the heat when it detects that residents are out of the house, at […]

Deflationary Collapse Ahead?

This mismatch between rising costs of oil production and stagnating wages is what has been happening. The unaffordability problem can be hidden by a rising amount of debt for a while (since adding cheap debt helps make unaffordable big items seem affordable), but this scheme cannot go on forever. read more

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