Tag Archives | Energy efficiency

The Power behind the ‘Smart City’

Set to take place Sept. 15 to 17 in Washington, D.C., Smart Cities Week is fast approaching. As I consider what defines a “Smart City,” it’s a little like our definition of a smart device. As you add computing power and communications to devices or systems within a city’s infrastructure, you can do more things [...]

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Another Way to Boost Data Center Efficiency? Put Your UPS in Standby Mode

At first glance, putting equipment in standby mode may seem counterproductive to the mission of a data center. Facility owners and operators spend a lot of time and money making sure that data centers are up and running all the time. It might seem especially counter-intuitive to have an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) in standby [...]

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How a Smarter Grid Can Help Utilities Respond to an Existential Threat

Doomsday is approaching for electric utilities, according to many prognosticators. Though the term “doomsday” may be a touch strong, there is no doubt that new electricity generation technologies will pose real challenges to the established business models of power utilities in the coming years. The biggest threat, as has been well chronicled in both industry [...]

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Four Takeaways from Big Data in Smart Grids Panel

Last week I was privileged to chair a panel on Big Data in Smart Grids at the 3rd Annual Great Lakes Symposium on Smart Grid and the New Energy Economy at IIT’s Chicago Campus. It was the last panel on the last day of the event so I was nervous about how many people would [...]

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Making the Most of Renewables Investments with Energy Storage

Investment in renewables has been rising over recent years. But it is unfortunate that the old barriers of renewables intermittency prevail when projects are implemented in isolation from storage. Unlike a conventional power plant, you cannot simply turn a wind turbine or switch the sun on when there are peaks in energy demand. As I’ve [...]

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Boosting Economic Productivity with an Energy-Efficient Smart Grid

Greentech Media reported this week on a new study that found energy efficiency is a more important economic driver than energy supply. The report, from American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, found that “the productivity of our economy may be more directly tied to greater levels of energy efficiency rather than a continued mining [...]

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