Commentary

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    May 07, 2014 | Harry Valentine
    Aluminum occurs is abundance in the earth’s crust and has directly and indirectly plays a role in the energy sector, with prospects to play an expanded role in the future. About a decade ago, one of the world’s large aluminum companies posted job openings for doctoral graduates in chemistry, to develop polymers or long-chain molecules based on aluminum.
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    May 05, 2014 | Warren B. Causey
    It really hasn't been long that utilities have been installing ever larger and more sophisticated (and expensive) software systems--CIS, ERP, Work Management, Outage Management, MDM, Call Centers, Telecom, etc. Technology has exploded in slightly more than 20 years and software systems for utilities have gotten larger and larger and more complex by the year.
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    Apr 29, 2014 | Davis Swan
    In a previous article, I stated my belief that the pure electric vehicle was the way of the future and that this sector of the automobile industry would grow more or less continuously for the foreseeable future. I decided to do a bit more investigation into how quickly that could happen given trends in vehicle sales over the past few years.
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    Apr 25, 2014 | Dean Schiller
    A few years ago, the smart grid industry had almost entirely written off the in-home display (IHD) for energy management. Several companies had introduced products that were pulled from shelves shortly thereafter due to poor sales. Media coverage pointed to high costs, complicated hardware, and low adoption rates as the downfall of these systems.
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    Apr 24, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia
    You're familiar with the situation. You go to the store to replace a couple light bulbs that burnt out and you're faced with an entire aisle of options: incandescents, LEDs, CFLs, halogens. Which one do you buy? There are many factors that will influence your decision, but you'll probably go for the one that will offer the best economic value.
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    Apr 22, 2014 | Arun Krishnamurthi
    Modern energy and utility companies are becoming vulnerable in ways they are not familiar with: via cyber-attacks. A Symantec report in January said that in the first half of 2013, energy was the fifth most targeted sector worldwide.
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    Apr 21, 2014 | Dan Sosland
    The Gordian knot of carbon footprints, global warming, energy costs, and home/transportation inefficiencies is enough to exhaust the most resilient optimist. But.help is on the way. The path forward-to lower carbon, lower costs, and cleaner energy-grows clearer each day. The energy system of tomorrow consists of clean local energy resources, new technology for users, and maximizing efficiency measures.
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    Apr 17, 2014 | Howard Ng
    Several years ago, many utilities went down the path of attempting to use advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) for demand response (DR). As more pursued this option and implemented pilots that served to "kick the tires," we started to hear from utilities that saw limitations with this approach.
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    Apr 11, 2014 | Justine Sears
    The electrification of transportation is posing a challenge and opportunity for utilities across the country, with significant implications for planning, load forecasting, and demand response. As the number of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) in use continues to grow, the grid implications of these vehicles is an important planning consideration for energy utilities.
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    Apr 10, 2014 | Gerry DeNotto
    Imagine, if you would, the following scenario which recently occurred. A man walked down a dark street in his neighborhood in a typical northeastern United States suburb, trying to avoid fallen branches brought down by a Sandy - like super storm and other debris that forced him to keep his eyes on the ground in front of him.