By Jason Busch on March 14, 2011
Based on our survey of a wide range of secondary sources, it appears that commodity and product shortages have already hit Japan and will soon spread into Asia and potentially the rest of the world. For many commodities, suppliers…
By Tom Raftery on June 15, 2010
Jaymi Heimbuch contacted me recently to ask if I’d agree to be interviewed for a TreeHugger article she was planning to write on Smart Grids. “Love to”, I said. Jaymi sent on the questions, I replied and today she posted the interview on TreeHugger. Here are the questions and my answers: TH: What’s the biggest [...]
By Jeff Nolan on May 31, 2010
EV proponents seriously underestimate the seriousness of the battery recharging time element and the obstacle it will become to establishing large fleets of EVs on American roads. The EV industry has established a reality distortion field in order to avoid the unpleasantness of a fact that impairs their marketplace agenda and the media has more [...]
By Tom Raftery on May 10, 2010
Companies need to take a lot of care when making Green claims. The whole Green energy space is massively complex and it is surprisingly easy to leave yourself open to claims of Greenwashing. What do I mean? Well, take the Irish energy sector, for example. Anyone who generates electricity in Ireland, which is to be [...]
By Jeff Nolan on May 5, 2010
Last week I had the opportunity to attend GigaOM’s GreenNet 2010 event, which was looking at how energy solutions are powering a new wave of innovation in Silicon Valley.
I was pleased to see that Katie had focused a good amount of the agenda and speaker slots for talks given by regulators and public utility officials. [...]
By Tom Raftery on April 9, 2010
Iowa, Texas tops [US] in wind power efforts Iowa and Texas lead the nation in wind energy efforts, according to the annual report released Thursday from the American Wind Energy Association. Iowa claims the title for the state with the largest percentage of electricity from wind energy. As of the end of 2009, over 14 [...]
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By Tom Raftery on April 1, 2010
Photo credit mckaysavage Despite a lot of talk and some high profile trials the day we have ubiquitous full Smart Grids is still a long way off. I attended the Smart Grids Europe conference in Amsterdam this week. It was a great conference, I met a ton of interesting people and had some fascinating conversations. [...]
By Tom Raftery on February 2, 2010
I participated in the recent IBM Global Eco Jam and there were some fantastic discussions there.
One of the discussions surprised me though – people were still talking about unplugging mobile phone chargers as if that was a significant problem. It is not. On the contrary, it is a dangerous distraction.
Watch the video above. Seriously, do. [...]
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By Jeff Nolan on December 17, 2009
Yesterday my pal Tom Raftery posted about PG&E’s smart meter rollout in California and problems customers were experiencing, and he featured some comments that I made during a phone conversation we had. “It seems that PG&E’s smart grid rollout is woefully under-resourced at the back-end. What PG&E should have is a system where customers can [...]
By Tom Raftery on October 20, 2009
I attended the 7th International SAP for Utilities event in Munich last week.
Having attended the SAP for Utilities event in San Antonio last year, I had reasonably high expectations from this conference and I wasn’t disappointed. At the San Antonio event SAP talked very much about the ‘State of the Now’ talking up their, [...]