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Moral Relativity

A comment on my post on the Arc of the Moral Universe reads:  The human race, all seven billion of us, owe our success and our very existence, to our diversity and quarrelsome nature. Societies are always fragile and the

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Deloitte Takes the Express Train into “Smart Cities”

Smart cities technology is an important vector in bringing about energy efficiency and conservation. That’s why I’m delighted to see my old client Deliotte involved in making this happen; I hope you’ll check out the article linked above. FWIW, no aspect

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Take a Cool Guess—The Fun Quiz on Renewable Energy and Environmental Sustainability. Today’s Topic: Smart Cities

Question: What percentage of gasoline consumed in inner-city regions is used by motorists looking for parking spaces?  How can “smart cities” technology help? Answer: Can be found at Clean Energy Answers. Relevance: This is yet another example of how smart cities are

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Lots To Be Said about the Utility Death Spiral

I had the good fortune to meet Barbara Vergetis Lundin (pictured) in the press room of the National Clean Energy Summit at which President Obama was speaking last November; this was shortly after her company bought out “Smart Grid News”

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A New Century Demands a New Approach to Energy

Here’s a presentation from the US Department of Energy on microgrids, which I offer mainly because it makes a point I bring up constantly: there was nothing wrong with the approach we took to energy in the 20th Century; the problems

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Four Good Reasons for Community Microgrids

Here’s more from our new contributor Darek Letkiewicz on microgrids and their growing importance in today’s world.  I continue to make a big deal over this subject, as it’s critical to the electrification of the developing world, which is a

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Microgrids Are Here To Stay

Darek Letkiewicz writes: I really enjoyed reading your blog post, ‘These People Can Make a Commitment to Solar—And We Can’t?‘ Keep up the great work. My name is Darek and I lead the Energy services program at O’Brien & Gere

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From 2GreenEnergy Intern Fabio Porcu: The Human Aspects of a “Smart City”

Often when we talk about Smart City, the focus falls on the role of technological factors: innovations in energy efficiency, communication and information platforms, and so forth. However, this list often omits the human factor: aspirations, interests and abilities of

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From 2GreenEnergy Intern Fabio Porcu: The Cyber Security of Smart Grids

The analysis and implementation of security systems in the Smart Grid is a challenge, but also an important task and commitment for those who must develop this technology. This is especially true considering the amount of the potential damage that

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From 2GreenEnergy Intern Fabio Porcu: Architecture of the Smart Grid

In a previous post, we addressed the general characteristics of a smart grid.  Here, we’ll discuss the devices that make up its structure.  Smart grid is a measurement and intelligent communication system that consists of the following components: • Smart

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