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Clean Energy Is Growing in Popularity

Karen Henry

Clean energy is becoming a popular energy choice for mainstream America. Eleven states generate more than 10 percent of their electricity from non-hydro renewable energy sources, with Iowa and South Dakota exceeding 25 percent, according to the 2014 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index. The Index tracks the clean-tech activities, such as electric vehicle (EV) and   …Continue Reading

Finding the True Energy Ecosystem

Jennifer Hermes

As the lights from 4th of July fireworks fade to distant memory and as today more than 3.2 billion viewers tuned in to watch the grand finale 2014 FIFA World Cup, it’s worth considering what exactly we were celebrating in between the beers and BBQs. The 4th represents more than just the declaration of independence   …Continue Reading

Utility Offers Energy Efficiency App

Linda Hardesty

Michigan utility DTE Energy unveiled a free, energy efficiency app for its electric customers. DTE Insight links customers’ iPhones (the app for Android phones will be available in late July) to their smart meters to help them discover their energy usage in real time. More than 1.3 million advanced meters have been installed in Southeast   …Continue Reading

ComEd Addresses Smart Meter Privacy, Safety Concerns

Linda Hardesty

Chicago’s ComEd is in the process of deploying smart meters throughout its territory, but the company’s Vice-President of Advanced Metering Infrastructure Implementation Michael McMahan felt the need to respond to smart meter concerns by posting an article in the Glenview Suntimes. A crowd-funded documentary, Take Back Your Power, claims smart meters can invasively monitor other   …Continue Reading

Energy Efficiency Myths Busted

Jennifer Hermes

Summer means barbeques, pool parties, and high energy bills. This is expensive and annoying on a personal level, but for business, it can be downright damaging. Peak demand and high energy costs join forces to sweat the bottom line for businesses around the world. Many businesses have accepted this as a harsh reality: a cost   …Continue Reading

Portland State Upgrades Energy System

Linda Hardesty

With the help of a $1.5 million grant from the US Economic Development Administration (EDA), Portland State University (PSU) will conduct a district-wide energy efficiency upgrade in the SoMa neighborhood at the south end of downtown Portland. The three-phase project includes the upgrade of PSU’s West Heating Plant, which replaces an old boiler with an   …Continue Reading

Energy Efficiency Prospects Surge for Minnesota Utilities

Jennifer Hermes

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has rejected a nearly two-fold increase in fixed charges for CenterPoint Energy Resource’s residential customers, and ordered a mechanism – decoupling – for the gas utility that’s aimed at encouraging more energy savings for the state’s homes, businesses and industry. Last week’s ruling sets an important precedent for states striving   …Continue Reading

Longer Life-Cycles & Price Pressure Push LED Manufacturers Towards Smart Lighting Control

Jennifer Hermes

For LEDs, the push into the building lighting market is well under way, driven by improving energy efficiency of the technology and a longevity that is almost unmatched by competing lighting technologies. Our analysis  indicates that market penetration expressed in terms of overall revenue generation of lighting in buildings grew to around 14% at the   …Continue Reading

China’s Smart Grid Spending Surpasses US

William Opalka

For the first time, China outspent the United States in smart grid investments as global investment in smart grids increased by $700 million from $14.2 billion in 2012 to $14.9 billion in 2013, the Worldwatch Institute reports. China and the US accounted for more than half of the global spending on smart grids in 2013.   …Continue Reading

Smart Meters Might Disrupt WiFi

Linda Hardesty

A blogger at Smart Data Collective says electric smart meters rolled out by utilities may cause interference with WiFi. A Zigbee device within each smart meter sends a ping about every 30 seconds to communicate with other smart meters in the vicinity, creating a mesh network. If a WiFi router is set on or near the   …Continue Reading

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