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California Looks to Stormwater Capture, Reuse

A plan to capture and reuse stormwater runoff in Los Angeles County could be a model for the state as it seeks to augment its shrinking water reserves, MSW Management reports. The revisions to the county’s stormwater discharge permit, approved by the California Water Resources Board, provides a framework for cities to plan and build […]

Doctors petitioning NRC to revise radiation protection regulations

The wheels are in motion for an official review of radiation protection regulations at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Doctors who are radiation health specialists are challenging the NRC’s use of the linear, no-threshold (LNT)...Show More Summary

BofA: CSR Is a “Way of Doing Business”

Bank of America global corporate social responsibility executive Andrew Plepler discusses how CSR permeates across the company

IEEE Internet of Things Initiative Launches “IoT Scenarios” Contributor Program to Explore Real World Applications and Foster IoT Architecture Development

15 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, announced today that the Future Directions IEEE Internet of Things (IoT) Initiative has launched a new program to foster the sharing of real world IoT applications across all domains. The IEEE IoT Scenarios contributor program has been created to help those working in […]

Quantifying crude in Russia proves complicated: At the Wellhead

In this week’s Oilgram News column, At the Wellhead, Nadia Rodova digs beyond the scant information about Russian oil production and gives more clues about the true state of the industry there.   As global oil markets remain heavily oversupplied, Russia’s crude production has shown surprisingly strong growth from the start of 2015. This has sparked […]

New Nest ‘Thoughtful Home’ video hints at possible upcoming smart home automation products 

Following today’s big Nest announcements, the company released a broad overview video of the company’s philosophy and from it we can conclude that the company has much bigger ambitions than just thermostats, smart webcams and smoke detectors.  In the video Nest thoughtfully breaks down a large number of household items that can become smart with […]

Thorcon's executive summery reveals a vision of future MSR technology

The link leads to a Thorcon Executive Summery, an initial and evolving document, that suggests that Thorcon is moving toward a preconceptual phase of its power producing MSR development. Thorcon is very ambitious, and its plans would seemingly bypass the United States Nuclear Regulatory Comission. Show More Summary

Bll Maher And EPA Head Gina McCarthy Dish About The Pope

They agree: You can't ignore him. From Real Time With Bill Maher via You Tube 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");

The Grim Facts

This is the human impact of Pakistan’s heat wave. Is it related to climate change? Is the Pope Catholic? From CNN via YouTube 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");

Climate Change And Human Health

There is a threat – and an opportunity. It’s “no longer a question of science or technology. it’s a matter of political will…” From LancetTV via YouTube Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElemenShow More Summary

Moving nuclear energy discussions forward

On Wednesday, June 24 Bloomberg BNA (Bureau of National Affairs) conducted a morning meeting titled A Chain Reaction: The Role of Nuclear Energy in New England’s Energy Mix at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, MA. The timing was fortuitous...Show More Summary

Utilities engaging customers in solar via the web

Studies have shown that customer education how and where customers want it is critical to the success of utilities. Utilities like the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and Avista are taking this to heart and offering their...Show More Summary

eMotorWerks and WattTime reveal world’s first electric vehicle charging solution that minimizes greenhouse gas emissions

eMotorWerks, a leading manufacturer of intelligent and connected Smart[Grid] charging solutions for electric vehicles (EV), and WattTime, a new environmental nonprofit specializing in clean energy software, announced today the launch of JuiceBox™ Green 40. Show More Summary

Apple’s Fuzzy Vision Of The Smart Home Is Becoming Clearer

Curious about how exactly Apple’s smart home will work? Wonder no longer: Apple has finally provided some much-needed answers with an updated HomeKit support page, which outlines some specific, practical information about how to use the system. Source: Apple’s Fuzzy Vision Of The Smart Home Is Becoming Clearer – ReadWrite

Is the future smart grid driven by the needs of ‘stay-at-home pets’? 

Australia’s CSIRO’s hosted the Future Grid Forum, a scenario planning exercise which set out “to inform and inspire a national conversation and provide a way forward for the sector, its stakeholders and, most importantly, all Australians”.The exercise examined the implications of climate change, peak demand, a possible new model for future energy and the ‘looming […]

Advanced Microgrid Solutions and Shell Energy North America to Install Battery Storage

Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) recently announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Shell Energy North America to install up to 20 Megawatts of battery storage at Shell Energy commercial, industrial and utility customer sites throughout California. Source: Advanced Microgrid Solutions and Shell Energy North America to Install Battery Storage

Air Farce: The EPA’s Regulatory "Science" on Airborne Particles

Patrick J. Michaels The EPA’s most costly air-pollution and global-warming regulations are justified by the belief that small particles in outdoor air, like soot and dust, kill people. Based upon internal EPA documents and original research,...Show More Summary

5 things you need to know about home automation, and where the industry is falling short 

My home automation experience goes back to the Radio Shack Model III. I deployed an X-10 controller via a serial port. Lights turned on and off on a schedule. Friends and family thought it apropos that science fiction loving Dan was automating his home. As the years went by, however, not much changed. Until just […]

Rare Earths Not So Rare?

The bankruptcy of the main US producer of "rare earth" materials signals the end of a multi-year crisis over their global supply and cost. The announced Chapter 11 filing of US-based rare earths mining and refining company Molycorp effectively marks the end of a crisis that managed to escape the notice of most people. Show More Summary

FERC wants changes to grid reliability standards

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has proposed updates to electric reliability strategy standards to strengthen coordination “to plan and reliably operate the bulk electric system under normal and abnormal conditions,” FERC said in a statement. Source: FERC wants changes to grid reliability standards – SmartGridNews

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