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Disruptive Innovations Struggle with Broken Systems

December 3, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

A colleague working for a startup with an innovative solution for the US public safety sector recently gave me a status update, and dwelled on the difficulties for his company to find an entry point. He talked about how the procurement processes in city governments were ill-suited to accommodating solutions.[read more]

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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]

Field Mobility Crucial for Wind Energy Projects

July 10, 2014 by Dan Liggett

Renewable energy projects and infrastructure can be great distances from the company’s headquarters or satellite offices. Supervisors, technicians and other workers in the field need technology that will allow them to maximize productivity, even though they are far from their desk.[read more]

Richard Kauffman talks New Market-Based Energy System at New York Energy Week

July 1, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Market-Based Energy Systems

Last week, the 2nd New York Energy Week (NYEW) concluded. At its closing ceremony, the esteemed Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York State, Office of the Governor of New York, offered his thinking on a new energy system.[read more]

Energy With Benefits

April 9, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Energy Benefits

The world needs a new energy system that will bolster the environment rather than making it uninhabitable to most living things. Before designing and building such a system, it behooves us to consider what is wrong with what we have and how we can improve on that.[read more]

Can Entrenched Energy Systems Undergo Rapid Changes?

February 27, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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The world’s energy infrastructure — with its massive generating plants, mines, refineries, electric grids, and gas stations — is often likened to an aircraft carrier: Trying to change its direction is a slow and difficult process. But at times, such changes can take place with surprising rapidity.[read more]