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The Enterprise Internet of Things Market

The enterprise Internet of Things will be the largest of the three main IoT sectors  — enterprise, home, government — as defined by BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s research service. That’s because businesses have the capital and reach to purchase IoT devices and services on a large scale. They will see benefits from the IoT accrue Continue reading ?

Thinking Across the Plug: The Coming Integration of Electric Vehicles and Smart Grids

Can a power grid manage the load when 250 million electric vehicles (EVs) are all plugged in at the end of rush hour? Can the batteries of plugged-in electric vehicles act as a power reserve to help utilities smooth generating load? The spread of plug-in vehicles (both all-electric and hybrid) is forcing a convergence of Continue reading ?

ICYMI – James Webb is exploring a run for President in 2016

James Webb is a successful author, lawyer, former Marine infantry officer, and graduate of the US Naval Academy class of 1968. In addition to his service in combat during the Vietnam war, he has a track record of civilian public service...Show More Summary

Butterflies, Ants and the Internet of Things

Buckminster Fuller once wrote, “there is nothing in the caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”  It’s true that often our capacity to look at things and truly understand their final form is very limited.  Nor can we necessarily predict what happens when many small changes combine – when small pebbles roll Continue reading ?

The Possibilities of the Internet of Things By @Cognizant | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Code Halos – aka “digital fingerprints” – are the key organizing principle to understand a) how dumb things become smart and b) how to monetize this dynamic. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robert Brown, AVP, Center for the Future of Work at Cognizant Technology Solutions, outlined research, analysis and recommendations from his recently published book Continue reading ?

California makes first $10M investment in ambitious energy R&D program

The California Energy Commission has made its first investment of $10 million in its Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) intended to support a variety of energy-related research and development programs. The program calls for a total investment of $330 million in 2014 and 2015. Specifically, the EPIC R&D program will help create technology innovations to Continue reading ?

No Easy Answers When Disposing of Oil and Gas Wastewater

We all want easy answers. And the harder the question, the easier we want the answer to be. Increased natural gas use can help decrease emissions as it has a lower carbon content compared to coal or oil. But these benefits mean nothing if the communities where gas is produced suffer air and water pollution. read more

Retailers Pushing Smart Home Devices To Mass Market

Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) and other retailers this holiday season are pushing smart home devices closer to mass-market adoption, Parks Associates said in a report Thursday. Multiple retailers have expanded their shelf space devoted to these...Show More Summary

DoE Announces $12.5B in Loans for Advanced Nuclear

The Department of Energy issued a loan guarantee solicitation for $12.5 billion on Wednesday for innovative nuclear projects. This comes on top of $8 billion for advanced fossil energy projects last December, and $6.5 billion for two nuclear reactors in February, the first new to be built in the U.S. in about 30 years. read more

ORIGINAL REPORTING: THE STATE OF THE U.S. WIND INDUSTRY (AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR UTILITIES)

The state of the U.S. wind industry (and what it means for utilities); Wind PPA prices now beat natural gas prices. Herman K. Trabish: August 25, 2014 (Utility Dive) The wind industry is facing strange times. A record amount of new capacity...Show More Summary

ORIGINAL REPORTING: HOW SACRAMENTO'S PUBLIC UTILITY IS GETTING IN THE RESIDENTIAL SOLAR BUSINESS

How Sacramento's public utility is getting in the residential solar business; The new utility business model may simply be answering customers’ questions. Herman K. Trabish: August 25, 2014 (Utility Dive) In oday’s competitive marketplace of smart and distributed services, utilities do not have ratepayers — they have customers. Show More Summary

The Final Five Smart Grid Predictions: A Progress Report

I made ten predictions all the way back in January 2014 about Smart Grid and Smart City trends and changes that will occur between 2014 and 2020. Here is an update on the final five predictions. You can review the full predictions and judge for yourself the quality of my crystal ball. read more

Utilities Face Significant Revenue Losses from Growth of Solar, Storage and Energy Efficiency

Continued growth of distributed energy resources and energy efficiency measures could cause significant demand disruption and drive down utilities’ revenues by up to $48 billion a year in the United States and €61 billion a year in Europe by 2025, according to Accenture’s Digitally Enabled Grid research. Show More Summary

Procter & Gamble’s Waste Reduction, Reuse Strategies

Procter & Gamble partnerships transform waste into worth. This year, those efforts have helped the company increase to 70 its number of zero manufacturing waste-to-landfill facilities.

Trending Topics in Electricity Today: Will the EPA's Clean Power Plan Really Break the Grid?

Well-established power groups are drawing different conclusions regarding the feasibility of maintaining grid reliability as states act in order to abide by the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. What’s causing these reliability authorities to reach such different conclusions, and is more analysis needed? read more

The Intersection of Solar Energy and Energy Storage

According to the US Energy Information Administration, the installation of solar photovoltaics in the United States increased by more than 400% from 2010 to 2014.  Looking towards 2015 and beyond, industry analysts continue to be bullish on solar’s continued growth in residential, commercial and utility scale projects stemming in large part from the drop in […]

Improved Fuel Efficient Package Developed by International Truck

International Truck has released a fuel efficiency package for its International ProStar trucks, the International ProStar ES (pictured). The ES – which stands for “efficiency specification” – offers improved aerodynamics, a drivetrain with advanced down-speeding and “the most efficient rear axles in the industry,” the company says. Show More Summary

U.S. Uranium Supplies, Part 2: Mitigating Future Energy Security Risks from Large Imports Disruptions

In the previous ‘U.S. Uranium Supplies, Part 1’ report we covered current-future World & U.S. Nuclear Power generation, primary sources of nuclear fuels, and the growing risks to imported supplies. Here we will cover promising policies and strategies for mitigating future potential uranium fuel imports disruption risks. read more

Google wants you to design the Internet of things

Have an idea for how the much-anticipated Internet of things should operate? If the idea is good enough, Google may pay you to see it to fruition. As part of a new effort to generate more Internet of things technologies, Google is planning to issue a number of grants to facilitate pioneering research in this Continue reading ?

Natural Gas Overwhelmingly Replaces Coal

The growth of natural gas generation in the US has displaced coal generation. There is little evidence in the aggregate regional power generation data that cheap gas has displaced other low-carbon sources of electricity. Nor is there evidence that increased gas generation has induced new demand. read more

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