Parks Associates announced new research today showing 7% of U.S. broadband households own some kind of home energy management product but 70% are interested in emerging energy-related products or services. The research firm will host the sixth-annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer on February 16-18, 2015, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas, Continue reading ?
The smart meters being delivered to Illinois homes under the state’s 2011 smart grid law could potentially spark significant energy savings – relieving burden on the grid and on power supplies and saving money for residents. But that’s only if people use the information provided by smart meters to modify their habits, by shifting when Continue reading ?
Using a loan to finance a residential solar system is not a new idea -- but new entrants, new investors and new financial models are changing the way people purchase and invest in solar. More than $200 million has flowed into solar loans in the last few weeks. read more
The U.S. electricity grid is a mind-boggling mess. For one thing, it is two large and three small grids, rolled into one. Two types of organizations, independent system operators and regional transmission bodies, control their slices, which may cover several states. Each state has its own utility laws. Then there are eight regional reliability councils Continue reading ?
The US Department of Energy (DOE), Oak Ridge National Laboratory and EPB announced the beginning of a partnership that will use Chattanooga’s smart grid as a living laboratory for testing new energy technologies. Under the new agreement with EPB and DOE, Oak Ridge National Laboratory will apply its technical expertise in such areas as data Continue reading ?
British Gas CIO David Cooper says it isn’t the cost savings that won him over with Hadoop. It wasn’t even the scalability. What made Hadoop a winning choice for the UK utility firm is Hadoop’s ability to answer “what if” questions. CIO UK recently interviewed Cooper, who ranks among the site’s top 15 in the Continue reading ?
The electricity zipping around neighborhoods that have lots of rooftop solar PV is very different from conventional electricity. Not only does it sag and surge in response to the pattern of clouds crossing overhead, but it is also provided by lots of inverters, which creates electrical conditions very different from the alternating current supplied by Continue reading ?
A new agreement joins technology development with the country’s fully-automated smart electric grid. Energy experts met at EPB Headquarters in Chattanooga to discuss energy developments for the near future. The new partnership goes into effect today. It joins E-P-B with the U-S Department of Energy and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. EPB Board Chairman Joe Continue reading ?
I’m kind of tired of testing the varied smart home hubs out there. The mix of radios and software smarts that tie lights, locks and varied sensors together gets a bit old after a while, so I wasn’t too keen to set up the Mother system by Sen.se in my home. But I’m glad I Continue reading ?
High on the superstar's wish list: Increased video description services. Yes, you heard it right! Stevie Wonder, the legendary songwriter and recording artist, made the rounds, live and in person, at the FCC recently. He met with the...Show More Summary
As businesses continue to consolidate their data centers and adopt virtualization, software-defined networking (SDN) and cloud computing, the use of next-gen firewalls is rising, says a new ABI Research report.
América Móvil reported that its net profit dropped 38 percent year-over-year to $754 million, falling short of analyst expectations due to an increase in taxes and weak results at its European holdings Telekom Austria and KPN.
I love this photo, Tweeted by zenrainman, with the ominous caption, ‘Peering into the future?’ We’ll see. New category this week – ‘Featured Five’ – just five Tweets that piqued my curiosity or were otherwise noteworthy/bizarre. Featured...Show More Summary
Everybody, hold onto your hats. The moment that so many of us have long been waiting for may have actually, finally arrived – or, well, it’s not very far off now. American offshore wind is on the horizon, figuratively and literally, and it is approaching fast. read more
Zayo has won a deal to provide O2 a managed fiber network throughout the UK, the latest of several moves that build on the momentum it has gained in Europe from its acquisition of Geo Networks and related network builds.
A future dependent on fossil fuels does not have to be an inevitability. We can drastically reduce fossil fuel use through aggressive R&D programs and policy support for low carbon solutions. This path will fraught with many challenges, but we should rise to them. read more
Frontier Communications is set to begin a new chapter in its home state as it has completed its $2 billion acquisition of AT&T's wireline operations in Connecticut and its related statewide fiber network and U-verse operations.