smart cities

Great Progress on Smart Grid and Smart City Predictions for 2020

December 9, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

How much can actually change in a year? When it comes to Smart Grid and Smart City topics, the answer is quite simply that quite a lot can change. Here’s a progress report on my ten predictions about Smart Grid and Smart Cities activity by 2020.[read more]


Future Cities Need 'Intelligent' Local Energy Systems

November 28, 2014 by Sophie Curtis

Urban Energy Systems

In cities we are faced with systems of multiple spatial as well as temporal scales. Slowly changing urban infrastructure systems are required to react to sometimes rapid societal changes. In addition cities bring together a large variety of different stakeholders their own specific viewpoints.[read more]

Building Smart Cities in India

August 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

India Smart Cities

In his Independence Day speech from Old Delhi’s famed Red Fort, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced plans to replace the country’s 64-year-old Planning Commission with a new central government think-tank led by a mix of experts.[read more]

The Final Five Smart Grid and Smart City Predictions for 2020

January 14, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

We’ve seen so much significant change in the past six years and will see more innovations in technologies, policies and financial drivers that build smarter cities as well as smarter grids. Here are the final five of my ten predictions of how much can happen in six years time[read more]

Information Technology Convergences Have Multiple Smart Grid Benefits

September 18, 2012 by Christine Hertzog

Data Center via Shutterstock

The term “convergence” aptly describes some important Smart Grid trends.  Grid modernization is tremendously influenced by the convergence of IT or information technologies into what is typically known as OT – operations technologies – that manage traditional utility power grid operations.   One result is that formerly non...[read more]


Getting Energy Communication Right for 7 Billion People

November 10, 2011 by Christine Hertzog

We marked a milestone on October 31, 2011 by hitting a human population total of 7 billion. Most of the world’s population lives in cities, and nations have been planning to make them as livable, sustainable, and resource-efficient as possible. For instance, China now has more than 220 cities that number over a million inhabitants. Contrast that to the USA, which has 9 cities and 41 urban counties that reach that mark, or Europe which has 35 such population centers. More than 100 Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai have signed on to projects to build smart cities – which leverage Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) to build egovernment infrastructures that deliver cost-effective and convenient services to citizens. Smart cities, like Smart Grids, are subsets of the Internet of Things (IoT), and China and Europe have much activity ongoing in forms of policy development, standards development, and actual pilots while the USA lags behind.[read more]

EU plans 30 cities to lead world on "smart" energy

September 19, 2009 by Big Gav

New Scientist has an article on the EU's draft "strategic energy plan" and its vision of renewable energy and smart grid enabled cities - EU plans 30 cities to lead world on "smart" energy. Europe will select 30 cities to pioneer "smart" electricity grids and space-proven insulation as it seeks to lead the global race for green...[read more]