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Information and Efficiency: Is Data A Painkiller?

September 30, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Can data kill your pain? Los Angeles is hoping it will, at least where some data sources are concerned. Back in May, the city launched a new DataLA site that features data downloads on topics such as crime statistics and budget information, as well as easy to understand visualizations of key metrics.[read more]

11 Wonktastic Charts that Will Help You Understand Climate Change

September 29, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson
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Climate Change and Information

One of the great shames about the communication of climate science is that it most often comes in two forms. It is either dumbed down to the point of backyard greenhouse analogies, or indigestible on the level of the IPCCs Summary for Policy makers.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Energy Analytics

September 19, 2014 by Matt Stanberry

Energy Analytics

Energy analytics for mass-scale building energy efficiency evaluations is a category of software solutions that determine how a building is currently consuming energy and recommend operational and retrofit measures to maximize energy savings.[read more]

Analytics for Solar and Energy Storage: Show Me the Money

September 18, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Software that analyzes the complex interplay between solar PV, energy storage systems and customer energy use sounds like a great idea -- but is it something that companies are ready to pay for? This strongly depends on the level of maturity of the industry in question.[read more]

Data Avalanche and the 'Great Crew Change' in the Oil and Gas Industry

September 11, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Data Avalanche

The rapid progress of technology such as big data and analytics, sensors, and control systems offers oil and gas companies the chance to automate high-cost, dangerous, or error-prone tasks, thereby allowing them to position themselves to significantly improve their bottom lines.[read more]

Global Biofuels Status Update

September 4, 2014 by Robert Rapier

Global Biofuels

Today, what I want to do is take a deep look at the global biofuels picture, drawing mainly from the Renewables 2014 Global Status Report (GSR) that was released in June by REN21, the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century.[read more]

Data Analytics: What Utilities Are Investing in Now

August 20, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Data Analytics and Utilities

Are data analytics the most important frontier for utilities seeking to modernize their businesses? Or, it just another buzz phrase pushed by companies selling software? GTM Research has been collecting some hard data on the subject, through its Grid Edge Deployment Tracker data service.[read more]

Could This 'Data Lake' Concept From GE Revolutionize Energy Analytics?

August 15, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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General Electric has become a prodigious producer and consumer of data. Energy engineers at the conglomerate are analyzing ten times more data today than they were five years ago -- bringing new insights, while also creating new complications for the data-crunching infrastructure.[read more]

IEA Investment Report: What is Right, What is Wrong

June 13, 2014 by Gail Tverberg

IEA Report Analysis

Recently, the IEA published a “Special Report” called World Energy Investment Outlook. In my view, this is a 'CYA' report. The IEA sees trouble ahead. There is no way that investment of the needed amount (which is likely far more than $48 trillion) can be met.[read more]

Is the White House's Open Data Strategy Working for Energy?

June 8, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

In 2007, when Barack Obama was running for president, it cost roughly 44 cents to store a gigabyte of data. This year, as President Obama approaches the second half of his second term, the cost to store a gigabyte of data is dipping below 5 cents.[read more]

Three Key Takeaways from the White House Energy Datapalooza

June 3, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Last week I attended the White House Energy Datapalooza. It was an informational and inspirational gathering focused on data standards and demonstrations of applications that use a variety of energy data sources including Green Button data derived from smart meters.[read more]

Your Tax Dollars Hard at Work: EIA's New Data Portals

April 30, 2014 by Maximilian Auffhammer

EIA Data Portals

We empirical economists get very excited about finding or generating new data sets. There are big returns to splicing together different data sources to answer new and interesting questions. Many datasets are hidden deep inside government vaults and some are under lock and key.[read more]

How I Went to an Energy Storage Conference and a Data Analytics Session Broke Out

April 22, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Rodney Dangerfield had a great line about how he went to the fights and a hockey game broke out. It's a witty commentary on the frequency of fist fights between hockey teams. We’re going to witness a similar trend in energy storage conferences. Many will transform into data analytics events.[read more]

Solar Energy, Sky Cameras, and Hard Math: A New Way to Integrate PV on the Grid

April 14, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Sky Cameras and the Grid

Insanely complex math, and never enough data -- that’s the conundrum in trying to model the ebb and flow of solar power and energy storage on the grid edge. Large-scale transmission systems are well modeled. But the majority of the grid below the substation provides little to work with.[read more]

Hidden Treasure: Two New Resources Offer Up Massive Amounts of Utility Data

March 20, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Two new energy data initiatives being launched this week illustrate how individual utilities and smart grid research consortia are helping to break the logjam on opening the flood of data from smart meters, smart grid devices and energy-aware homes.[read more]