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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
California Public Utilities Commission released a proposal mandating 1.3 gigawatts of energy storage to support the state’s power grid by 2020.
Date: 09/04/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Storage, Utilities
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
Hydrobee Lets You Charge A Battery From A Fast-Flowing River To Juice Up USB Devices Off-Grid.
Date: 11/22/2013
Type: News
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
Power generation in the United States relies heavily on water for cooling (coal and nuclear) and energy production (hydro). The switch to renewable energy can drop water consumption by 40%. The Union of Concerned Scientists says that the switch isn't happening fast enough.
Date: 07/31/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities
If utility companies and policymakers work together, they can dramatically reduce the demand for electricity.
Date: 07/01/2007
Type: Article
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
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
Huge savings are possible by installing grid software that can reroute internet data searches to data centers where electricity is the cheapest.
Date: 08/17/2009
Type: News

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