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Digi International to Lead IoT Strategy Session at IoT Fuse

Digi International®, (NASDAQ: DGII,, a leading global provider of mission-critical machine-to-machine (M2M) and IoT connectivity products and services, today announced that it will be presenting at IoT Fuse, taking place April 22, 2016, at the University of St. Show More Summary

How to automate your home with openHAB 

Jason Baker’s recent article on open source home automation tools landed in my RSS feed, and because I recently bought a new home, and am interested in automating some things—or lots of things, really—I read with great interest. In the process, I learned about openHAB, and I was hooked right away. I picked openHAB for […]

Brown coal: counting the cost of burning mud

Michael Pascoe at the SMH has a look at the rapid increase in carbon emissions from Victoria's brown coal power plants (dubbed "museum pieces" by visiting Chinese engineers) since the scrapping of the carbon tax - Brown coal: counting the cost of burning mud. Show More Summary

MBA Polymers Producing Plastics from E-Waste

Plastics recycling and technology company MBA Polymers has started what it says it the first commercial production line in the world manufacturing post-consumer PC/ABS pellets from shredded e-waste. PC/ABS — a blend of polycarbonateShow More Summary

Solar Business Models for Growth: The Private Sector Needs to Lead on India’s Rural Electrification Deficit

The Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is home to the country’s largest population of un-electrified villages. According to data collected by the Council on Clean Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW), more than seventy percent of Uttar Pradesh’s two hundred and twenty million residents still depend on kerosene lamps and diesel generators for lighting and electricity.

What Is Prudent? Red Flags Clearly Ignored In Vogtle 3&4 Project

Georgia Power is in the midst of a prudence review of its spending at the Vogtle 3 and 4 nuclear project—a review that undoubtedly will be lengthy, comprehensive, and mind-numbingly dull, turning on such issues as whether given decisions...Show More Summary

How to Make Cities More Energy Efficient

Many programs encourage owners of homes and other buildings to improve their energy efficiency, sometimes offering substantial subsidies or tax incentives for doing so. Now, planners may have a way to determine where such programs can...Show More Summary

COP21 and the Role of Cities, Businesses, and People

The signing of the Paris Agreement this past Friday—Earth Day—convened leaders from 160 countries in one of the largest civic celebrations in the world. The agreement, a historic commitment that emerged from the COP21 talks in Paris last December, represents a top-down leadership role that national governments must play.

US Navy Asks Largest Suppliers to Disclose GHG Emissions via CDP

The US Navy will ask its 100 largest suppliers to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions, as well as strategies for cutting them, via CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project). The US military is the world’s largest fossil fuels user with the Navy and Marines representing a third of that use. The US Navy has also set […]

Barreling down the highway to hell, straight to Steel City

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump may be more likely to become the Prince of Promises than the President of the United States. But in the run-up to Tuesday’s Pennsylvania’s primary election he said something in the southwestern corner of the state that caught our attention. Show More Summary

ORIGINAL REPORTING: New software helps utilities boost community solar programs

New software offerings helps utilities boost community solar programs; Competition is heating up in the software-as-a-service field for shared solar Herman K. Trabish, July 16, 2015 (Utility Dive) click to enlarge The nation’s hottest...Show More Summary

ORIGINAL REPORTING: Hawaii’s landmark work to value distributed energy resources

Inside Hawaii's landmark regulatory proceeding to value distributed resources; Phase 1 of the tumultuous docket has brought only 'general disagreement' among stakeholders Herman K. Trabish, July 21, 2015 (Utility Dive) With more than...Show More Summary

Nuclear Costs are Down and Performance is Up … Again

Michael Purdie The following is a guest post by NEI's Michael Purdie.In 2015, total generating costs for U.S. nuclear generation declined to $35.50/MWh from $36.35/MWh, a two percent decrease (2015 dollars). Total generating costs are...Show More Summary

Let’s Create Awareness for All the Benefits that Nuclear Technology Brings to Mankind

When a report on the benefits of nuclear technology starts with “The public are often unaware of the extent to which aspects of their everyday life involve products and processes originated from the application of nuclear technology via the nuclear industry”, it tells me that the time has come to tell this story and increase public awareness.

How to Scale Up Renewables in 10 Steps: A Quick Guide for Policymakers

After the signing of the Paris Agreement, governments of both developed and developing countries must design and implement policy instruments to drastically scale up the use of renewables in the energy sector, write Jan Frederik Braun and Nicole de Paula. Show More Summary

An Off-Site Pre-Fab Approach to Passivhaus ‘Deep Retrofit’

A new approach to retrofitting buildings for energy efficiency to a high standard has been deemed so successful that a British company is opening a new factory for offsite fabrication of a retrofit system that will be then taken on to the site for installation.

Filling the Gap: How Efficiency Standards could Save Billions in Commercial Real Estate

No one ignores an opportunity to save billions of dollars. Numbers of that size are enough to make an audience take notice, even in a business like commercial real estate, where deals in the hundreds of millions and billions are commonplace.

Strong El Niño Helps Reduce U.S. Winter Heating Demand and Fuel Prices

Above-normal temperatures during the 2015-16 winter were a key factor in lowering heating demand and winter fuel expenditures. Compared with the 2014-15 winter, propane and heating oil demand decreased by 16% and 45%, respectively, and residential electricity demand decreased by 6%. Show More Summary

Earth Day Planted Seeds for Action on Climate. Is a Carbon Tax a Good Idea?

During the Earth Day festivities, President Obama once again reiterated the United States’ commitment to reducing carbon emissions. But he went beyond his initial pledges of cutting such emissions by 28 percent by 2025 from 2005 levels and to 80 percent by 2050 from the same baseline. How to achieve that? Obviously, the aim is […]

Fracking Wastewater Treatment Technologies: Which Will Emerge as the Most Popular?

While fracking has produced cheap natural gas in the US, it has also increased competition for water, which is in short supply across many parts of the country. The process — injecting a high-pressure mix of water, sand and chemicals into rock formations to release natural gas — uses vast amounts of it. A single […]

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