Verizon, Intel, Opower tout major energy efficiency savings, EV battle in CA

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By Derek Top, Senior Editor, Program Director – VERGE

Systems-thinking, an important concept in creating large-scale efficiencies and cost savings in the emerging VERGE ecosystem, is catching on. A report released yesterday from ACEEE discovers how system efficiency opportunities produce energy savings that dwarf component-based improvements in individual appliances or vehicles. The report highlights the role of data and IT in addressing long-term energy challenges in building and transportation systems.

Jim Sinopoli lays out how the benefits of microgrids — decentralized power generation for individual buildings, primarily through renewable sources — will soon be a reality in designing, operating and managing buildings.

Elsewhere, the real reason the military is going green from YES! Magazine and how electric utilities use the cloud to not only store massive amounts of smart meter data butanalyze the information for cost savings, from Electric Power & Light. And why Brazil is poised to be next big smart grid market from Earth2Tech.

Electric Light & Power
Electric utilities consider the cloud
Utilities are using the cloud to analyze raw data, determine cost savings and offer accurate consumption data at any time through mobile and online portals.…Read More
Grid-connected, smart buildings will be a multi-billion dollar business
New report estimates smart building market will be worth some $3.05 billion over the next five years, peaking at $2.2 billion in 2020.…Read More

YES! Magazine
The real reason the military is going green
The U.S. military is going green for strategic reasons. But can the weight and pragmatism of military leadership sway political leaders in Washington?…Read More

The next hot smart grid market: Brazil
With its booming economy, growing middle class and investments in city infrastructure, Brazil is looking like it’ll be the next hot market for smart grid development.…Read More
EVs could collapse the grid
Mass acceptance of electric cars could overwhelm critical infrastructure like the electric grid and gas utilities.…Read More

How IT creates ‘intelligent efficiency’ for buildings and transport

By Derek Top
Verizon, Intel and Schneider Electric among tech leaders highlighted in an ACEEE report how “intelligent efficiency” is transforming energy use in building and transportation systems…Read More

Self-reliance: Why building owners should go off the grid
By Jim Sinopoli
Microgrids are energy efficient, improve power reliability and lower energy costs.…Read More

Did NRG unfairly get the keys to California’s EV future?
By Mary Catherine O’ConnorA legal settlement that brings more than $100 million in investment to California’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure has become a big mess, with Ecotality suing to prevent what it cal…Read More

The Better Buildings Challenge: An energy diet for facilities
By Jim PierobonJust as with a weight-loss diet, building owners are essentially united in knowing they need to use less energy — the just don’t know how to go about it. The DOE’s new Better Building…Read More

The computing trend that will change everything
By Jon KoomeyLong-standing trends in the energy efficiency of computing promise an explosion in data collected from mobile sensors and controls. From the 2012 VERGE DC conference.…Read More