Green Button paves way for new commercial energy tools

VERGE Ahead
By Derek Top, Senior Editor, Program Director – VERGE

As program director for VERGE, I have the honor of working with amazing and inspired thought leaders to help build our global events and webcasts. At VERGE DC, we showcased leaders in big data, building automation, electric vehicles, energy management, and much more. [Videos assembled here in our VERGE Virtual platform.]

Building on the success of VERGE DC, and as we look to global VERGE events throughout the year, we’re launching this weekly newsletter. Here we present news and articles — both from GreenBiz and elsewhere — on how converging technologies and breakthrough ideas are fundamentally reshaping energy, building, and transportation sectors. It is, after all, data and information that is transforming the VERGE world and we’re happy to share insight on where convergence is happening.

Here at GreenBiz we’re blessed to have a stellar roster of contributors. In this issue, Marc Gunther shows how social media enables a promising carpool startup; Adam Aston finds out what it takes to deliver efficient, improved city services; and Jeffrey Soplop reveals the benefits of a buildings-first approach to energy management.

Of course, we recognize there are countless sources for VERGE-related information. Here we also present additional links to articles and resources, including a Wired Magazine story on a Chicago-area city’s push to share data in a “convergence cloud” and how China is targeting the U.K. smart grid market, from SmartGridNews.

We want to hear from you, too. Feel free to send me stories, posts, and thoughts on what you’re seeing and reading. VERGE DC offered a tantalizing platform for people to share ideas and insight — and we want to keep the conversation going.

What We’re Writing

Green Button paves way for new commercial energy tools
By Derek Top

A growing number of utilities and technology vendors have committed to the White House program to give residential and commercial energy users secure access to their energy usage data.

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Zimride reinvents the carpool with Facebook
By Marc Gunther

The San Francisco-based startup is using social media to connect drivers with commuters and road trippers needing rides – saving money, helping the environment and sometimes helping customers…Read More

How a ‘buildings-first’ approach can improve energy management
By Jeffrey Soplop

Navigating the EMS market is notoriously tricky, but there’s a better approach that will help you match a solution to fit your needs rather than the other way around. Here are four questions to…Read More

Making cities sustainability centerpieces
By Adam Aston

Here’s what businesses need to know to leverage technology to help cities overcome some of their biggest problems, including traffic, water treatment and infrastructure upgrades.

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Big box electricity: Best Buy teams up with Constellation
By Derek Top

Is energy becoming a big-box business? A first-of-its-kind program gives customers the option to switch energy service providers at a Chicago-area Best Buy store.

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What We’re Reading

Clean Fleet Report
Ten thousand additional electric car charge points for California

In an agreement with the California Public Utilities Commission, NRG Energy plans to invest $100 million over the next four years for 200 publicly available, fast-charging stations in Californ…Read More

SmartGridNews
Will China do to metering what it did to solar panels?

Chinese giant Huawei is teaming with Landis+Gyr for smart metering in the UK. Jesse Berst ponders what it means for North American companies eyeing the UK and European smart grid market.

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Wired Magazine
Is the Civic Cloud the Next Big (er, Small) Thing?

Two regional governments in the Chicago area create a public data “convergence cloud” to be more transparent, user-friendly, and streamline IT services.

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Pike Research
Comverge Agrees to a $49 Million Buyout

Demand response provider Comverge continues operations and strategic plans thanks to a buyout by the private equity firm H.I.G. Capital to address financial and liquidity problems.

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Connected World Magazine
Managing Connected Fleets

A new study shows increasing use of mobile-enabled applications by fleet managers to remotely diagnose vehicles, track driver metrics, follow vehicle routes, and calculate fuel consumption.

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