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Archive | September, 2012

Creating a Cleaner Cloud

The recent New York Times series on the environmental impacts of data centers—which are critical infrastructure in our increasingly digital world—certainly sparked a great deal of discussion. Data centers have made great strides in improving energy efficiency in recent years, more (many asserted) than the article series gave them credit for. But energy efficiency programs […]

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Growing Urban Footprint Calls for Modern Grid

The LA Times ran an interesting article this week about urban growth.  Urban land growth in the first 30 years of this century may exceed all previous development throughout history, according to the LA Times, which could have serious environmental impacts, including a reduction in the planet’s ability to store the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide […]

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Latest Microgrid Technology Holds Promise for Rural Communities

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that rural electric cooperatives and small municipal utilities in 15 states will be able to receive loan guarantees to improve generation and transmission facilities, including $10 million for smart grid implementations. These investments will help rural America renew and modernize power grid infrastructure serving America’s smaller communities. Another approach […]

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For a Greener Data Center, Boost UPS Energy Efficiency

The concept of “green” data centers is garnering much attention these days. Yet there has been limited discussion about the role of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems in making data centers more environmentally friendly. As data center loads increase, so do the power losses of double-conversion UPS systems—and those losses are extremely costly. But UPS […]

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Looking Ahead to Solar Power International 2012

I’m looking forward to the discussions at Solar Power International (SPI) next week in Orlando, Florida. The industry continues to grow, yet it also faces numerous challenges ranging from regulations to financial considerations. SPI will provide a good opportunity to take the industry’s temperature from a range of market participants. Here’s what I expect to […]

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