Commentary

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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.
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    Jan 14, 2015 | Shannon Casey
    In December 2014, the Port of San Diego became the first demonstration site in a series of regional public-private smart building initiatives to advance the region's smart city goals.
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    Jan 13, 2015 | Wayne M. Kovach
    Owning a home is no easy task. Sure, you build equity, make it your own, and have some really memorable parties, but the investment of time and money can drain you both physically and mentally. If you couple that with raising a family and working full time, the last thing on your mind will be reducing your home's energy consumption. Until now...
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    Jan 12, 2015 | Steve Ehrlich
    We expect utility services to be everywhere we are: charging our electronics in airports, flame-grilling our meals in restaurants, and filling drinking fountains in our public parks. To provide this level of service and convenience, utilities build networks of wires and pipes and communications channels that for the typical utility total in the tens of thousands of miles. Because of their ubiquity and importance, utilities face challenges in securing these networks from physical and cyber attack.