For many consumers, electric vehicle ownership has been a nonstarter for purely financial reasons. The math indicated that the money one saved in gas from an EV was usually outweighed by the car’s high initial price. But the math has been changing. via Drive for Free? Deals on Electric Cars Keep on Coming | TIME.com.
After almost two years, Silver Spring Networks has finally held its long-awaited IPO. And with a couple hours left until the market closes on its debut, the IPO could be considered a modest success. Silver Spring priced at the middle of its expected range ($17 per share), and then saw its shares soar almost 30 Continue reading →
When it comes to consumer products, environmentalists generally don’t encourage people to buy new and buy now. But that’s what we’re about to do because electric cars are significantly cleaner than gasoline vehicles, and driving one can save you serious cash at the pump. Perhaps you’ve already thought about buying an electric car, but dismissed Continue reading →
A recent article in the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian explores some of the reasons why solar energy hasn’t quite taken off in T&T the way it has in other parts of the region and the world. The relatively low cost of fossil fuel in the twin island republic is seen as a major contributing factor—compared Continue reading →
Smart grid advocates have done a decent job of developing and deploying innovative new technologies in a short period of time. They also have done a relatively good job marketing those technologies. Where they have fallen short, however, is in selling the whole smart grid package to utilities, customers, regulators, and policymakers. Many are still Continue reading →
If I had to pick one word to describe Rocky Mountain Institute, it would be “smug.” To be fair, the decades-old think tank has plenty of reasons to be full of itself. It has been a true pioneer in thinking through the path to a greener future. RMI thinks that it knows better than anyone Continue reading →
Designed over 100 years before the first personal computer, the power grid has been called the most complicated system ever devised by man. But despite its intricate infrastructure, most businesses don’t know or care how it works–as long as their lights stay on, it’s business as usual. This simple fact of complacency is one of Continue reading →
The age of responsive lighting is here. To save energy, meet energy code and life safety code requirements and respond to occupants, lighting controls need to be networked together. Office lights aren’t just on or off anymore. There are many reasons to dim office lights – daylight and other ambient light is too bright, an Continue reading →
There appears to be a critical mass building against smart meters on Bowen so I thought that I would write to provide some compelling reasons to support the technology. I am a professional engineer working in the commercial building energy management industry. I own an industrial strength smart meter and use it to diagnose the Continue reading →
A multi-part presentation from Enspiria Solutions CTO on the Smart Grid. Part 1 discusses the reasons why we need a Smart Grid. The Smart Grid, Part 1 from Peter Batty on Vimeo.