Smart meters are meant to improve the efficiency and regulation of energy in our cities, but are the systems secure? According to Verizon’s latest Intelligent Energy Brief, the smart meter — a device used to measure energy, water or natural gas consumption of a building or home — can be used by suppliers to tweak Continue reading ?
Utilities’ poor consumer trust means they will feel the brunt of public and political fury should data leaks or breaches follow the smart metering roll out, according to electronics giant Fujitsu. Energy and water companies occupy the middle ground in consumer confidence of their competence in handling customer data securely, Fujitsu found in a recent Continue reading ?
Magnets will soon do more than display kids’ artwork on refrigerators. They’ll actually be inside fridges, making them super efficient. A new material that cools when demagnetized, expected to hit the market in about five years, could revolutionize the world of fridges and air conditioners by replacing the decades-old use of refrigerants. via Innovations that Continue reading ?
Microgrids — self-contained islands of power generation and consumption — are still an expensive and experimental alternative to tapping into the “macro-grid” they’re connected to. But what if the microgrid doesn’t have any other choice but to stand on its own? That’s the conundrum facing small islands across the globe. Most islands rely on costly Continue reading ?
News of Iran's potential slow ramp up of oil supply resounded with a downward small ping in prices in late November, later to bounce back based on supply realities and economic growth. At the same time, Iraqi oil supply keeps increasing, averaging about 3 million barrels per day, a new high in the last 20 years. Show More Summary
Robert Rapier continues to report on his recent visit to the Athabasca oil sands in Alberta. This week, he explores the cost of production and the energy return from surface mining and in situ production of bitumen.
In California, state regulators are getting ready to resolve a long-running conflict between the state’s big three investor-owned utilities, their customers, and companies that want to add batteries to solar PV systems. And according to the statistics on how many solar-storage projects have been held up by this conflict, it couldn’t come too soon for Continue reading ?
Twenty-nine corporations, including five major oil companies, are starting to account for coming carbon limits in their business plans, according to a new report by CDP. They recognize the era of unlimited pollution will soon end, and it’s time to rein in their share of global warming emissions. read more
Thorium is up to 200 times more energy dense than uranium and as common as lead. It could be a safer, cheaper nuclear fuel. Could thorium be the faltering nuclear industry’s salvation -- or is it a mirage? Is the U.S. missing an immense energy opportunity? read more
Network functions virtualization (NFV) may be the latest buzzword in telecom, but according to a new survey by telecom equipment vendor Dialogic it could provide them with a host of opex and capex savings.
Seattle's outgoing mayor Mike McGinn is a big advocate of bringing fiber-based broadband to the city via its relationship with Gigabit Squared, but has revealed that financial issues could stop the network from getting off the groun...
The complex task of managing peak energy demand is not something that should be addressed in a piecemeal fashion, and this is particularly true in the demand response industry. For reference,demand response (DR) balances supply and demand, providing peaking capacity to utilities without investments in new plants. Show More Summary
Natural gas is currently being touted in a number of circles as a “game changer” and a “bridge to a low carbon economy.” It is an abundant, made-in-America energy source. It is about half as carbon intensive as coal when burned. read more
Frontier may be seeing some signs of FiOS video and broadband growth, but don't expect the telco to make a big update or expansion of its fiber anytime soon.
The FCC is halting AT&T's request to stop offering long-term contracts and the associated discounts on TDM-based special access circuits it sells to CLECs and wireless operators, at least for five months.
The IIRC’s publication of its Integrated Reporting Framework has won praise from the accounting world. The framework does what it promises, bringing together all of a business’s material information into one, outlook-focused document, CFO World editor Michelle Perry says. She says the past few years – with sudden, catastrophic incidents such as BP’s 2010 Gulf […]
The Smart Grid is often described as bi-directional energy and information flows, enabled by a convergence of information technologies with operational technologies. That’s all true, but the word convergence is getting frayed from overuse, and for the latest trend, it’s not quite the right word. read more
The General Motors Renaissance Center now recycles, reuses or converts all its waste to energy, diverting 5 million pounds of trash annually from landfill. The automaker says the Renaissance Center — a six-tower office complex in Detroit that has its own ZIP code — is the most complex among GM’s 110 landfill-free sites to reach […]