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Data centers require a large amount of energy and space. In 2006, Microsoft bought 75 acres of bean fields in Washington State to build a giant data center. Since then Microsoft and the local community have disputed over the data center's pollution, electricity use, and impact on the community.
Date: 09/25/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Data Centers
By the end of the year, China’s electric grid will become the largest in the world in terms of both installed generation capacity and electricity produced. Additionally, China is expected to have one of the largest energy storage capacities by 2016.
Date: 10/08/2012
Type: Article
As the population of India continues to grow, the country faces challenges in trying to supply power to all its citizens. Utility companies and regulators will use smart meters to better understand electricity use and distribution in the country.
Date: 10/11/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid, Utilities
While electric cars have the potential to do a lot of good for the air and the environment, they also push utilities toward their limits. This article examines the modifications utility companies will have to make to accommodate the widespread use of electric cars.
Date: 10/18/2012
Type: Article
Wind and solar accounted for all 433 megawatts of new electrical generating capacity installed in the U.S. in September.
Date: 10/29/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities
After Hurricane Sandy, Washington DC electricity company, Pepco, was able to restore power to most of the area's residents the same day they lost it. The utility was able to do this by "pinging" meters to verify service.
Date: 11/06/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid
A recent survey showed that many Americans do not know what drives their home energy bills or what it takes to cut it. Even with more efficient appliances American homes are consuming more energy every year.
Date: 11/14/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities
Burning natural gas to generate electricity releases about half as much carbon dioxide as burning coal, but such a benefit can be offset by accidental methane leakage during drilling and transmission. A new measuring system can help minimize accidental methane releases.
Date: 12/14/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Climate Change, Utilities
As the world's second most populous country, India struggles to provide reliable electricity to everyone. For this reason, electric vehicle sales in India has greatly decreased.
Date: 01/04/2013
Type: Article
According to the ACEEE, utility companies can save 27 percent of forecasted electricity use and 19 percent of forecasted natural gas use by 2030 with next-generation energy-efficiency technologies and programs.
Date: 01/14/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities

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