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Smart Infrastructure Could Add 27,000 Jobs to New England Economy

Smart Infrastructure Could Add 27,000 Jobs to New England Economy

According to the New England Board of Higher Education, that’s one of the conclusions from a new report commissioned by the New England Council: Deloitte Principal and the report’s primary author, Mike Reopel, noted that the report’s recommendations include: Supporting the development of three New England subregions—the I-91 Corridor, the Down East Corridor of Maine […]

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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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The Most Important Development Trends of the 21st Century

The Most Important Development Trends of the 21st Century

That’s the modest topic of a new white paper by the Urban Land Institute, a developer’s think thank. Here’s what they describe as the foundational trends that will transform development in the US and beyond: Accelerating Globalization—. . . . Burgeoning and shrinking cities mirror investors’ search for lower costs of production and optimum locations […]

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Small Companies Are Better at Green Innovation

Small Companies Are Better at Green Innovation

This according to a recent study by the Small Business Administration.  According to SmartGridNews.com: The report found that while small companies are responsible for about 8% of all U.S. patents, they account for 14% of all green technology patents. . . . [It] notes that the small innovators are 16 times more productive than larger […]

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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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Life in a “Smart” World

Life in a “Smart” World

With all the talk about smart phones, smart grids and smart buildings, do you ever wonder what life will be like when all of these contraptions are in  place and in constant communication with one another? The Economist has.  Some interesting stuff.  But it is not all goodness and light: In the Netherlands the government […]

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