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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]

What a Difference a Day Makes! The Value of Real-Time Electricity Data

September 16, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Real-Time Electricity Data

Imagine you’re trying to lose weight. If you step on the scale once a month, how can you possibly know how each of your daily decisions affects the number? Weighing yourself every day would be a step up, giving you a much clearer picture. Now imagine the potential results if you could access real-time data.[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]

The Next Frontier For Beyond the Grid Solar Markets: Big Data

August 6, 2014 by Justin Guay

Solar Development and Big Data

 

When it comes to energy access, we're fond of saying small is big. That's because all those small scale solar lanterns, solar home systems, and solar mini-grids add up to a big market. But the size of that market could well be dwarfed by an even larger opportunity the solar revolution is engendering.[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]

The Energy-Data Nexus Could Be the Next Big Thing for the IT Industry

April 1, 2014 by Rob Day

You may have heard of the energy-water nexus, which is the idea that water use and energy production are so intertwined that they can, to a significant extent, be thought of as two sides of the same coin. The same thing is happening, in remarkably similar ways, with energy and data.[read more]

Will Google Play By Utility Privacy Rules?

February 4, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

January 28, 2014 was Data Privacy Day. Two recent news stories – the thefts of sensitive consumer data from national retailers including Target and Google’s $3.2B acquisition of smart thermostat maker Nest are stimulating much-needed discussion about the security and privacy of personal data.[read more]

Can Crowdfunding Help Cleantech Ride the Big Data Wave?

January 25, 2014 by Scott Edward Anderson

Cleantech and Crowdfunding

"Big data is a coming wave of 'green gold,'" says Nick Eisenberger of Pure Energy Partners."Information technology will actually be the most powerful tool to address resource challenges in our lifetime." The innovation is out there.[read more]

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Why Digital Oil Fields Are The Future Of The Energy Industry

December 19, 2013 by Anand Srinivasan

Digital Oil Fields

The demand for oil is expected to breach the 100 million barrels per day barrier by 2015. Given the strain on human labour and capital expenditure, this calls for a more sophisticated oil drilling process that is more efficient. The digital oil field is the way forward.[read more]

Big Data on the Smart Grid: 2013 in Review and 2014 Outlook

December 19, 2013 by Jeff St. John

Big Data, Smart Grid

"Big data" may be the most overused buzz-phrase in the smart grid industry today. But that doesn’t mean that managing, analyzing and deriving operational and customer value from the massive amounts of data being collected by utilities isn’t important and valuable, or that utilities aren't spending on it.[read more]

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This Marks the Golden Age of Building Energy Data

October 23, 2013 by Adam Forni

Since the dawn of civilization, our buildings have used energy almost blindly. But now a confluence of technological and political forces has pushed building energy data into the mainstream, and a new tool has emerged as benchmarking and efficiency go into overdrive.[read more]

The Smart Grid’s Biggest Big Data Contender

June 4, 2013 by Jeff St. John

C3 Energy data integration

C3 Energy has quietly been building on an audacious promise: a big data integration and analytics engine, hosted in the cloud, that can aggregate and put to use information for big energy systems.[read more]

Grid-Scale Energy Storage on the Cusp of True Market Entry

May 25, 2013 by Eric Wesoff
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energy storage the holy grail?

Energy storage is often called the holy grail of renewable energy. The problem with the "grail" language is that the grail was never located. At least not with a compelling business case.[read more]

Talking Wind Energy and Analytics with New GE Renewables Head Anne McEntee

May 8, 2013 by Herman Trabish

Anne McEntee

Newly appointed GE Renewable Energy VP Anne McEntee, who will run the world leading wind division, met with a group of reporters to talk shop at Windpower 2013, the industry’s annual conclave.[read more]

Utility’s Big Data Challenge

December 10, 2012 by Benjamin Lack

To understand the scale of the task facing utilities, consider the impact of smart meters. Typically, standard analog meters were read once a month, for a single number representing energy consumed. A digital smart meter, by comparison, might relay a variety of indicators every 15 minutes or more frequent. Those updates pile up fast, to 35,000 per year. If not properly managed, the 3,000-fold increase in data volume could be overwhelming.[read more]