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Use of Smart Meters on the Increase

Use of Smart Meters on the Increase

Kind of a follow up on yesterday’s post:  Electronics Engineering Times reports that sales of the chips for smart meters are expected to double: The rollout of smart meters is being propelled by government support and regulations, IHS said. In the U.S., stimulus money from the Smart Grid Investment Grant program is driving the replacement […]

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When One Thinks of Lively, Upcoming Green U.S. Cities. . .

When One Thinks of Lively, Upcoming Green U.S. Cities. . .

probably the last city you think of is Buffalo.  Well, over at Next American City, Chris Hawley thinks you’ve got it all wrong: When gas is $8/gallon, living in Buffalo will be a luxury. Buffalo is compact, diverse, and connected.  Thanks to a new zoning code in the words, we will continue to develop smart […]

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Looking for Something Else to Worry About?

Looking for Something Else to Worry About?

Let’s see, there’s global warming, the global recession, the capture of one of America’s great political parties by a handful of zealots. . . Anything else we should be worrying about?  Oh yes, our electric grid!  The Economist‘s Babbage blog has a bleak overview of where things stand, how deregulation was a very mixed blessing […]

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Solar Power’s Tipping Point?

Solar Power’s Tipping Point?

The San Francisco Chronicle reports on an innovation in solar technology that could revolutionize the industry: A solar array crammed onto the top of a typical office tower could produce, at best, a tiny fraction of the electricity the building and its tenants need. But what if the building’s windows could serve as solar panels? […]

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Here Comes the Sun. . . .

Here Comes the Sun. . . .

According to Mark M. Little, the global research director for General Electric, solar power will become affordable a lot faster than most people think: “If we can get solar at 15 cents a kilowatt-hour or lower, which I’m hopeful that we will do, you’re going to have a lot of people that are going to […]

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