Commentary

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    Mar 07, 2014 | Davis Swan
    There has been a lot of discussion about the electric vehicle revolution and what its impacts will be. Are EV's gaining traction or getting stuck in the mud?  Will they quickly replace internal combustion powered vehicles or will they represent a "green" niche market for decades to come? Will manufacturers be willing to lose billions of dollars on EV development forever or will they eventually make most of their profits from this technology?
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    Mar 06, 2014 | Ross Shaich
    Testing an Outage Management System (OMS) is a critical part of a successful implementation. Outage Management is a mission critical system where its greatest value comes when it is under great stress of a major storm.
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    Mar 03, 2014 | Mischa Popoff
    One of the perennial questions on every environmentalist's mind is: Who killed the electric car? The consensus is that big oil killed it through its political connections in Washington DC.
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    Feb 25, 2014 | Kenneth Wacks, Ph.D.
    Power utilities may significantly reduce operating costs and increase grid reliability if appropriate pricing signals or event notices are sent to assist the balancing of power supply and demand. By sending regional prices to energy-consuming devices in the home, it is possible to leverage and optimize the inherent energy storage and/or ability of appliances to modify consumption (with user cooperation) in real-time.
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    Feb 24, 2014 | Kaustubh Bhople
    Smart Grid, Social Media, Big Data are words which are prevalent in every IT implementation in the utility space. Whenever we ask about the future of any utility the response will have these three words; in addition to those, one more word is included i.e. Real-Time. So let's try to define the utility of tomorrow.
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    Feb 18, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia
    With the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) over and done with, shoppers are looking for new, useful, and innovative products that will make their lives easier, or at least more enjoyable. Although we did not attend the show, we did our research and came up with 10 gadgets that will make your home (and your lifestyle) more energy efficient. Take a look.
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    Feb 17, 2014 | Kevin Monte de Ramos
    Electric and gas utilities are facing challenges as their business model evolves from serving ratepayers to engaging consumers. In an era of revenue decoupling, utility shareholder returns are no longer maximized by simply selling energy to the ratepayer.
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    Feb 13, 2014 | David Pope
    Yes, we have all heard about the 3 V's of big data by now. Or the 4 V's or possibly 5 V's, depending on who you ask. However, I would argue the value of data isn't necessarily tied to the "volume" part of big data (unless of course you are a storage vendor, and then the value is all about volume and storage).
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    Feb 11, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia
    As we move into the second week of 2014, most of us start to veer away from our New Year's resolutions. (Who enjoys counting calories, anyway?) Instead, we shift our focus toward what's really important: the Winter Olympics! Hosting this year's Games is Sochi, Russia, and in order to arrange the best Olympic Games we've seen, the city needs to prepare for the masses.
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    Feb 10, 2014 | Rick Barnett
    The value of energy efficiency has been documented and expressed countless times. A recent example can be found in Energy Manager Today: "NY Property Owner Retrofits with LED's, Saves $300,000 Per Year".