information technology

United States to Provide Air Quality Data Overseas

February 28, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

Air Quality Data Sharing

Recently, the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency announced a new partnership that will monitor air quality at selected U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, building on the successful work of the United States embassy in Beijing.[read more]

How Long Until Tech Firms Have More Home Energy Data Than Utilities Do?

February 18, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Utilities could face a “use it or lose it” dilemma with their data. Utilities have a lock on the energy data coming from their customers -- at least for now. But if they don’t start putting that data to use soon, they may find that they’ve been overtaken by tech firms.[read more]

New Study: America's Data Centers Consuming, and Wasting, Growing Amounts of Energy

August 29, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Data Centers and Energy Use

All of our online activity is delivered through nearly 3 million data centers across America, from small closets and larger server rooms, to mammoth “cloud” server farms. Their explosive growth is gulping huge amounts of energy, and despite some efficiency improvements much of it is still wasted.[read more]

Bidgely Thinks Algorithms Can Replace Hardware to Capture the Impact of Rooftop Solar

July 12, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Algorithms and Rooftop Solar

In the past few years, a host of various startups and Information Technology giants have launched technology applications aimed at turning simple streams of customer electricity data into kaleidoscopic views of individual energy usage in homes and businesses.[read more]

Greening IT: Big Data has Big Energy Appetite

June 28, 2014 by Jared Anderson

IT Energy Use and Efficiency

With the proliferation of smart phones, smart grids and the “internet of things,” comes enormously energy-intensive data transfer, storage and management requirements. Data centers are rapidly expanding and these centers all have fairly significant power and cooling demand requirements.[read more]

Information Technology and Sustainability

November 27, 2013 by Steve Seidel

Federal agencies that are trying to meet tougher sustainability mandates can make significant progress toward their goals by taking advantage of more efficient data storage and other information and communication technologies.[read more]

Managing the Magnitude of the Smart Grid

October 1, 2012 by Dick DeBlasio

Electrical Tower via Shutterstock

The envisioned, next-generation smart grid is an evolution that builds on decades of accumulated engineering lessons learned to make the ways that we deliver and receive electricity more intelligent, robust and reliable. But utilities, industry, policymakers and even consumers must not underestimate what is being undertaken here. The...[read more]

The Decade of New Information Challenges and Opportunities: What About the Smart Grid?

January 3, 2011 by Christine Hertzog

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to clean up your email, update your Facebook or LinkedIn sites, or organize your desk?  I’m pleased to say that I’ve already crossed one resolution off my list and reduced my email inbox contents by 50%.  The greater challenge will be to maintain this orderly inbox state.   We live...[read more]

Does Smart Grid Mean Smart Data?

September 28, 2010 by Alex Torpey

Throughout all of the talks about Smart Grid systems - the buzzword for the concept of a power grid that can both send electricity and communicate two ways instead of one - there is one piece that most fascinates me: What is going to be done with the enormous amount of data that is collected on a system using this grid? The implications...[read more]

The smart grid and the advance of civilization

May 13, 2010 by Michael Giberson

Scientific American has an article on the start-up pains associated with smart grid development: Only one thing is worse than the lights not coming on when the switch is flicked—and that’s the lights going out right afterward. The fact that the problem is most often a burned-out lightbulb is testimony to the reliability of what’s...[read more]

The smart grid and the need for privacy protection, now rather than later

May 12, 2010 by Tyler Hamilton

It’s nice to see Ontario’s information and privacy commissioner, Ann Cavoukian, being so proactive on the issue of privacy as it relates to deployment of the smart grid. (Disclosure: Cavoukian is a good friend of mine and co-author of a book we wrote on privacy issues back in 2002). Cavoukian’s latest annual report highlights the privacy...[read more]

The Greening of Silicon Valley: It Looks Like the Next Big Thing

May 3, 2010 by Big Gav

Todd Woody has an article at Yale Environment 360 on the technology industry's interest in clean energy, noting "companies such as Google, Adobe Systems, and eBay are preparing for the next step — investing in off-site solar and wind installations and innovative technologies that will supply their offices and data centers with green...[read more]

Just how green is cloud computing?

April 27, 2010 by Tom Raftery

Photo credit tipiro Cloud computing may not be as Green as you think. I mentioned previously that I gave a keynote presentation at the Green IT Summit in Dublin last week. In the question and answers session after the talk, Sean Baker asked about cloud computing and whether I thought companies using cloud computing weren’t simply...[read more]

IBM to suppliers: Track energy use, carbon emissions

April 14, 2010 by Todd Woody

Photo: IBM In a story in The New York Times on Wednesday, I write about IBM's new initiative to green up its $40 billion global supply chain: I.B.M. said on Wednesday that it will require its 28,000 suppliers in more than 90 countries to install management systems to gather data on their energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and waste...[read more]

Grid Watch: smartgrids meet smartcomms

April 8, 2010 by Tom Raftery

We have pointed to the ongoing convergence of wireless communications and smart grids before, for example in this video about Tropos Networks and in Tom’s stump pitch on sustainability and mobility, but some news from this week throws the trend into stark relief. Carbon Trust investments, the VC arm of a non-profit organisation working...[read more]