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Videos from UCSB Summit on Energy Efficiency, May 1-2, 2013  

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The ambitious Austin, TX-based Pecan Street project is piloting a number of green neighborhood technologies, but the real challenge will be getting these systems to talk to each other to reduce energy consumption and peak loads.
Date: 10/11/2011
Type: News
To address the unique demand response challenges in Europe, companies are pilot testing systems that can reduce load on local feeder transmission lines and integrate the continent's growing intermittent renewable energy sources.
Date: 10/07/2011
Type: News
Researchers at Rice University have improved on a method for making pure nanotubes called amplification that could allow them to turn a nanogram of pure carbon nanotubes into much more.
Date: 07/21/2011
Type: News
Brad Williams at Oracle outlines what's expected next for the smart grid from regulators and customers in this market .
Date: 05/31/2011
Type: Video
Technologies: Smart Grid
Advances in higher-voltage power electronics could usher in a new distribution grid architecture, underpinning the future smart grid.
Date: 05/03/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid
energy storage
A new development in vanadium redox batteries from DOE's Pacific Northwest Regional Laboratory could make them a promising option for grid-scale energy storage.
Date: 03/17/2011
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries, Smart Grid
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
Microsoft is developing a strategy for software and services for managing energy consumption in commercial buildings, as well as a strategy for integrating building management systems into predictive analysis tools.
Date: 03/11/2011
Type: Article
Integrating cloud computing with demand response is a growing trend. This week, Lockheed Martin integrated its demand response technology with a cloud-based smart meter platform and EnerNOC announced it is turning to Salesforce.com’s cloud to keep track of its demand response customers.
Date: 03/07/2011
Type: Blog
Last week’s events in Texas help illustrate that building an ever-expanding fleet of gas-fired peaking plants may not solve all our electricity needs. Instead, smart homes may be key to our rational energy future.
Date: 02/14/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid
Call center
A recent thesis by an undergraduate at Purdue University found that many utility call centers can’t answer basic questions on the smart grid.
Date: 01/20/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid, Utilities

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