Commentary

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    Jun 06, 2013 | Dennis Roberts
    The five billion euro question should be...where's ROI? The European Court of Auditors was not looking for Elmo recently they were looking for return on investment for the five billion Euros (6.7 billion US dollars) spent through the European Union's Cohesion Policy Fund.
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    May 31, 2013 | Sarah Battaglia
    Demand response has become a popular program among a variety of different buildings and organizations. For years, utility companies have relied on this program to protect the electric grid in times of extreme demand. During peak hours, electricity consumption soars, making it difficult for utilities to supply a sufficient amount of power to all consumers. If it wasn't for demand response, many would be left in complete darkness. To top it off, those who participate will receive financial compensation for temporarily reducing their electricity during these peak hours. So, which organizations are ideal candidates for demand response?
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    May 30, 2013 | Jessica Kennedy
    The connection between energy and water, often referred to as the "energy water nexus" is collecting attention from business leaders, policy makers, and citizens alike. In short, this term refers to the close link between water and energy. Water is used in nearly every aspect of energy production. So, saving energy will save water, and saving water will save energy.
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    May 22, 2013 | Eric Hahn P.E.
    In February of this year the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineer Research and Development Center - Coastal Hydraulics Lab (ERDC-CHL) reported that it had deployed the largest Wave Energy Converter (WEC) in the US at their Field Research Facility in Duck, NC. According to their posting, their facility hosted a wave surge actuated device (a system in the "onshore systems" category of pendulor devices, as described by the Department of Energy). The Navy has also tested a wave energy device (more in the general DOE category of "offshore systems") at Marine Corps Base Kaneohe (MCBH). According to a Navy Times posting of last year, the intent is to provide wave produced power to Marine Corps Base Kaneohe, HI by 2014.
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    May 20, 2013 | Marc Tannenbaum
    Demand Response (DR) in the Texas restructured market seems to be on verge of becoming the next big thing. Unfortunately, it has been on the verge of being the next big thing for quite a while. The mounting evidence, however, seems to support the democratization of DR by enabling technologies that address the greatest source of power reserves in the state: Peak Residential Demand.
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    May 17, 2013 | Eric Leiserson
    Going green has become a topic of ongoing importance, with consumers increasingly seeking out businesses that employ environmentally responsible practices. Many environmental initiatives, including the delivery of renewable energy and the reduction of carbon emissions, are high-level long-term goals, however, utility companies should not overlook another green technology that resonates with consumers: electronic bill payment.
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    May 15, 2013 | Arijit Mandal
    Smart meters, once believed to be readily acceptable to regulators, utilities, and consumers, are no longer the same due to growing skepticism about smart meters for health, privacy, and security issues. Every utility is now facing the challenge on how to ensure smooth transition from a legacy to a smarter utility.
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    May 13, 2013 | Michael Rovito
    Paul Torcellini of the National Renewable Energy Labs (NREL) gave a presentation last year on net zero energy (NZE) buildings to folks from NYSERDA, the NY Department of Public Service, consultants, and others who buzz about in New York's efficiency circles. Towards the end, he drew a graph. Along the x-axis were energy savings, and along the y-axis were costs.
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    Apr 29, 2013 | Sarah Battaglia
    A new trend in the electric vehicle industry is emerging. Several states are proposing a gas tax on vehicles produced in 2015 or later that get 55 miles per gallon or more. Cars like the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, and Toyota Prius are just some of the cars that will incur this per-mile fee.
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    Apr 29, 2013 | Alan Ross
    In the middle of the biggest game of the year with millions of fans watching and billions of dollars on the line, the power suddenly goes out in the stadium. Your system failure may not be as public or costly as this one but you still want to avoid it at all costs!