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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]

Sustainability, social media and big data

November 2, 2012 by Tom Raftery

The term Big Data is becoming the buzz word du jour in IT these days popping up everywhere, but with good reason – more and more data is being collected, curated and analysed today, than ever before.Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter announced last week that Twitter is now publishing 500 million tweets per day. Not alone is Twitter publishing...[read more]

Energy ‘Datapalooza’ draws more apps; know the cost of that old refrigerator?

October 3, 2012 by Jim Pierobon

Government and private partners are releasing new data sets and application programming interfaces, or APIs, as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Data Initiative. This initiative is modeled on similar datathons in healthcare and public safety to innovate with publicly available data.[read more]

Big Data for the Smart Grid

May 23, 2011 by Christine Hertzog
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Big data is one of the buzz words tossed around in Smart Grid circles these days, and it will be the subject of discussion at a session I’ll host later this week. What exactly is it?  Like the universe itself, Smart Grid data is in an expansion phase.  Big Smart Grid data consists of large datasets enabled by the Smart Grid...[read more]