Although solar is becoming an important part of the energy picture in the United States, it remains just a small portion of total electricity generation, according to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

According to the December 2014 Short-Term Energy Outlook, solar power generation will only make up about 0.6 percent of U.S. electricity generation in 2015 — which comes out to around 60 gigawatthours a day.

via Solar will make up less than 1 percent of electricity generation in the U.S. in 2015 – FierceEnergy.

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When her oldest daughter was diagnosed with asthma last March, Yodi Stanton installed air pollution sensors around her London home. She wanted to see if there were links between her daughter’s attacks and the number of dirty particles in the air.

Ultimately, she wasn’t able to find a correlation. But maybe some else will find gold in this data. Instead of keeping it to herself, Stanton streamed the data to a public online service she helped create called OpenSensors.io, and from there, it can be accessed and analyzed by public health researchers, journalists, and other concerned citizens—or even feed into online applications that can make use of it.

via The Internet of Anything: A Social Network for the World’s Online Sensors | WIRED.

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The agriculture industry, just like any other business, is always looking for ways to maximize yield, minimize risk, and improve efficiencies.

To reach those goals, agriculture and tech companies are increasingly teaming up to implement Internet of Things, or IoT, technologies — sensors, software, and data analytics — to make the business of growing food more efficient, and thus more sustainable.

via The Internet of Things Is Changing How Your Food Is Grown — and That’s a Good Thing (DE, GE, MON).

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New offerings and relationships from Intel are aimed at making it easier for solution providers to move IoT from pockets of pilots to mainstream deployments with a repeatable foundation of building blocks that can be customized for limitless solutions. Data should be unlocked faster to extract meaningful information and value for consumers and businesses.

The new Intel IoT Platform is designed to unify and simplify connectivity and security for the Internet of Things (IoT). Intel also introduced integrated hardware and software products based on the new platform and new relationships with an expanded ecosystem of system integrators that promise to move IoT from infancy to mass deployment.

via Innovating with the IoT | News | Mobile Enterprise(ME).

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Think of a good utility-sponsored home energy management (HEM) system as being like the latest digital gadget you’re hoping to get this Christmas.

It’s got to be simple enough for a child — or a grandparent — to set up and use if it’s going to make it out of the box. It had better be engaging and useful on a day-to-day basis, to avoid being put away in the closet come January. And it had better be upgradable to the new technologies coming out next year, and the year after that, if it’s to be worth what you paid for it.

via From Digital Picture Frames to Demand Response Controllers, a New Approach to the Energy-Smart Home : Greentech Media.

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The enterprise Internet of Things will be the largest of the three main IoT sectors  — enterprise, home, government — as defined by BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s research service.

That’s because businesses have the capital and reach to purchase IoT devices and services on a large scale. They will see benefits from the IoT accrue fast enough to spur further adoption and investment.

via The Enterprise Internet of Things Market – Business Insider.

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Can a power grid manage the load when 250 million electric vehicles (EVs) are all plugged in at the end of rush hour? Can the batteries of plugged-in electric vehicles act as a power reserve to help utilities smooth generating load?

The spread of plug-in vehicles (both all-electric and hybrid) is forcing a convergence of the automotive and electric power industries. Meeting these challenges will require “thinking across the plug,” with vehicles talking to the grid and collaboration between utility and vehicle engineers. Leading technologists from the automotive industry and the electric utilities will talk about how their sectors are collaborating to design the electric vehicle/smart grid network of the future.

via Event Registration.

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Buckminster Fuller once wrote, “there is nothing in the caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”  It’s true that often our capacity to look at things and truly understand their final form is very limited.  Nor can we necessarily predict what happens when many small changes combine – when small pebbles roll down a hillside and turn in a landslide that dams a river and floods a plain.

This is the situation we face now as we try to understand the final form and impact of the Internet of Things (IoT). Countless small, technological pebbles have begun to roll down the hillside from initial implementation to full realization.  In this case, the “pebbles” are the billions of sensors, actuators, and smart technologies that are rapidly forming the Internet of Things. And like the caterpillar in Fuller’s quote, the final shape of the IoT may look very different from our first guesses.

via Butterflies, Ants and the Internet of Things | WIRED.

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Code Halos – aka “digital fingerprints” – are the key organizing principle to understand a) how dumb things become smart and b) how to monetize this dynamic.

In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robert Brown, AVP, Center for the Future of Work at Cognizant Technology Solutions, outlined research, analysis and recommendations from his recently published book on this phenomena on the way leading edge organizations like GE and Disney are unlocking the Internet of Things opportunity and what steps your organization should be taking to position itself for the next platform of digital competition.

via The Possibilities of the Internet of Things By @Cognizant | @ThingsExpo [#IoT] | SYS-CON MEDIA.

The California Energy Commission has made its first investment of $10 million in its Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) intended to support a variety of energy-related research and development programs. The program calls for a total investment of $330 million in 2014 and 2015.

Specifically, the EPIC R&D program will help create technology innovations to benefit the customers of Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric.

via California makes first $10M investment in ambitious energy R&D program – FierceEnergy.

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Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) and other retailers this holiday season are pushing smart home devices closer to mass-market adoption, Parks Associates said in a report Thursday.

Multiple retailers have expanded their shelf space devoted to these devices, which include smart lighting, electronic door locks, programmable thermostats and next-generation smoke detectors. Best Buy has taken the lead, with some locations setting aside over 800 square feet of floor space to connected home products, Parks said.

Other retailers stepping up their promotion of smart home devices include Home Depot (NYSE:HD), Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Parks said.

via Retailers Pushing Smart Home Devices To Mass MarketBBY GOOGL – Investors.com.

Continued growth of distributed energy resources and energy efficiency measures could cause significant demand disruption and drive down utilities’ revenues by up to $48 billion a year in the United States and €61 billion a year in Europe by 2025, according to Accenture’s Digitally Enabled Grid research.

Accenture performed extensive modelling under three scenarios to assess how technologies, such as solar photovoltaics (PV), electricity storage, electrification of heating and transport, energy efficiency, energy conservation and demand response, would impact the grid network and utilities’ business models.

via Utilities Face Significant Revenue Losses from Growth of Solar, Storage and Energy Efficiency, Accenture Research Shows.

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Have an idea for how the much-anticipated Internet of things should operate? If the idea is good enough, Google may pay you to see it to fruition.

As part of a new effort to generate more Internet of things technologies, Google is planning to issue a number of grants to facilitate pioneering research in this nascent field of computing.

via Google wants you to design the Internet of things | InfoWorld.

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The Internet of Things, or the concept of intelligently connecting devices using sensors and wireless modules, is a huge area of opportunity for nearly every telecom and IT company. In fact, at the Cisco Global Editors Conference held here this week, the company said that it estimates that the Internet of Everything–which Cisco defines as the networked connection of people, processes, data and things–will generate $19 trillion in value between 2013 and 2022.

via IoT will generate a slew of data, but how valuable is it? – FierceWireless.

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Gone are the days when a light bulb had a hot filament that came on when you flicked a heavy switch. Today’s smart lights offer flexibility, security and real cost savings. But how do you get started?

What Do I Get With A Smart Light?

There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with existing lighting solutions, save for the fact that they’re essentially binary devices.

There’s typically one switch, and they’re either on or off, and you have to be present to make that kind of state change. That’s the way they’ve been since electrical lighting was first deployed at the end of the 19th century. That’s some time to be stuck with a single technology solution.

via A Beginner’s Guide To Smart Lights | Gizmodo Australia.

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Intel is doing its part to advance the Internet of Things (IoT), unveiling a new Intel IoT Platform designed to serve as an end-to-end reference model to unify and simplify connectivity and security for the IoT.

Besides introducing integrated hardware and software products based on the new platform, it announced new relationships with an expanded ecosystem of system integrators “that promise to move IoT from infancy to mass deployment,” according to a press release.

via Intel takes a stab at unifying the Internet of Things – FierceWirelessTech.

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An energy-saving water heater. A portable security system. And light-switches that can be controlled from a smartphone, anywhere in the world.

Welcome to the future home — a connected place where air quality can be remotely tracked and cooking stoves can be automatically turned off. This smart home, talked about for decades, may finally be here based on some of the devices displayed today in Seattle.

via Enter the home of the future: From high-tech water heaters to remote-controlled lightpads – GeekWire.

Austin, Texas has approved a plan that could transform it into one of the largest centers of green, distributed energy in the country. It won’t set the city’s carbon footprint to neutral by 2030, as the city council proposed in August. But unlike that plan, it stands a better chance of being affordable over the long haul, municipal utility Austin Energy says.

In a 6-1 vote late Thursday night, the Austin city council approved the utility’s 2025 Generation Plan, which calls for getting 55 percent of its generation from renewables, energy efficiency and other clean resources by 2025, up from 35 percent by 2020.

via Austin Aims for 950MW of Solar Along With Bold Distributed Energy Goals : Greentech Media.

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OpenMotics is an open source home automation hardware and software system that offers features like switching lights and outputs, multi-zone heating and cooling, power measurements, and automated actions. The system encompases both open source software and hardware. For interoperability with other systems, the OpenMotics Gateway provides an API through which various actions can be executed.

via Home automation open source system | Opensource.com.

Ford has just tapped four dealerships to receive micro wind turbines in a first-of-its-kind partnership with the aptly named company Wind Energy Corporation, and we are already convinced this is just the first tiny ripple in a massive wave of wind energy installations at Ford locations. The new vertical-design turbines spell out Ford in big, bold letters, providing a perfect example of the unique branding and marketing opportunities that micro wind turbines provide to businesses.

The idea is, if you’re going to spend money on an elevated sign anyways, you might as well put it into service generating clean, renewable energy to attract and serve your growing cadre of energy-aware customers and EV buyers.

via Micro Wind Turbines Could Be Huge Deal For Ford | CleanTechnica.