Commentary

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    Feb 19, 2015 | Alex Dzurick
    With all the talk of educational reform these days, not too much is certain in a K-12 science classroom anymore. One thing that is certain: teachers are finding less and less time for what are now "extras," like guest speakers. This can present a problem for you, the energy guru, who wants a chance to engage young scientific minds on energy topics. So how can you get into a science classroom where you will be accepted and given time to share your message?
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    Feb 10, 2015 | Michael Assante
    As the world continues its transition into a digital landscape, we are cautioned by the proliferation of cyber incidents capturing headlines. Today's cyber attacks are causing more damage and are increasingly being referred to as highly sophisticated and able to circumvent well-resourced cybersecurity programs.
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    Feb 06, 2015 | Justin Segall
    There is a day every month that people receive a mystery bill from their utilities. It includes unknown items like Transmission Cost Adjustment, Interstate Pipeline, Demand Side Management Cost, confusing charts with no units or kWh and therms. What am I actually paying for? How can I lower this bill? Customers don't know where or how to take action.
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    Feb 05, 2015 | Paul Rosengren
    Back in 1977, with the country's memory of the Arab oil embargo and waiting hours on line for gas still fresh, President Jimmy Carter, in his sweater, addressed the nation. He declared that Americans needed to come together, and make sacrifices as we strove for energy independence -- likening the effort needed to that when going to war. Every President since -- Republican and Democrat -- has also called for energy independence.
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    Feb 04, 2015 | Bruce Baccei
    The US Department of Energy (DOE) with data from AHRI informs us that 60% of commercial floor space in the US is heated and cooled by one speed roof top units (RTUs). This means that every time anyone of these RTUs comes on, a mild spring day or the full heat of summer, all that it knows is one speed, Full Blast!
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    Jan 30, 2015 | Ron Exler
    White House announces fast-track industry-led effort to improve information sharing with consumers and first responders.
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    Jan 29, 2015 | Samuel T. Kelly
    THE DECADES LONG SEARCH for low cost grid scale energy banking has reached a new level of urgency with the burgeoning use of renewable energy from wind and solar energy collection as well as from increasing threats to our electrical power grid. Mass energy storage has long been seen as a way to increase the reliability and lower costs from our power supply, but it is not easy to grasp the enormity of this powerful entity that we must somehow manage.
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    Jan 28, 2015 | Bruce Baccei
    As temperatures rise in the searing heat of July and August afternoons, above 90-95° F, ACs work harder and harder using more energy per unit of cooling provided because their efficiency goes DOWN as temperatures rise!
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    Jan 23, 2015 | Kimberly Klemm
    Electricity power outages result from weather conditions, intentional or accidental damage to distribution lines and poles, and transmission line and generator impairments. Managing an electrical power outage correctly is critical to the restoration and recovery of fully functioning power systems.
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    Jan 21, 2015 | Jason Larson
    While Industrial Control System (ICS) vendors are quite practiced at finding and fixing implementation bugs, many have minimal experience with design bugs. In the near future, we can expect the attacker community to leverage this weakness, as it did with earlier technologies.