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Carbon Emissions & Climate Change: Can We Get It Together?

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is the world’s largest professional services firm, and the largest of the “big four” accountancy firms. As such, it is by definition, a careful, conservative organisation.Last November PwC released their annual Low...

Posted January 26, 2013    

Sustainability, social media and big data

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...

Posted November 2, 2012    

Utilities need to offer innovative energy services or risk being sidelined

The EU has mandated a rollout of smart meters to at least 80% of households by 2020. What are some of the transformative ways we will we use the extra energy consumption information these meters will bring?Last November I wrote a blog post about new...

Posted May 14, 2012    

How Smartgrid Can Improve Safety For The Elderly

    Utility companies face significant challenges in the coming years, not least of which is the the need to increase revenues while helping customers reduce their consumption. One trump card they will have is the data from their smart...

Posted November 11, 2011    

Japan: TEPCO Using Realtime Feedback To Help Customers Reduce Energy Consumption

    TEPCO, the Japanese power company who own the Fukushima nuclear power plant, are in an unenviable position. Their Fukushima nuclear power plant is the site of one of the world’s worst industrial accidents, they have been accused of...

Posted July 29, 2011    

Google and Microsoft Shutter Their Home Energy Management Offerings

  Last week Google announced that it was shutting down its PowerMeter application (a screenshot of which is above). A couple of days later Microsoft divulged that it was closing its PowerMeter competitor, Microsoft Hohm. This is very...

Posted July 4, 2011    

Utilities Must Step Up Communications To Recoup Smart Grid Investments

Tweet    Smart grids don’t come cheap. They are typically projects costing in the order of hundreds of millions of dollars (or Euro’s, or pounds or whatever your currency of choice). Just think, the most fundamental piece of the smart...

Posted June 8, 2011    

IBM’s Dave Bartlett Talking Smarter Buildings

[Disclosure:  IBM sponsored this interviews and paid T&E for this blogger to attend Pulse.]”I had a chat with IBM’s Dave Bartlett while we were both at at Pulse 2011 about the state of Smarter Buildings and Smarter Cities today and their...

Posted March 21, 2011    

IBM Pulse and Smarter Buildings/Smarter Cities

    I attended IBM’s Pulse conference last week and the big surprise for me was the amount of attention being paid to Smarter Buildings and Smarter Cities. With 600+ sessions over six parallel tracks it is only to be expected that there be...

Posted March 7, 2011    

Open source, open data, climate, energy and collaboration

  James pointed me to a post yesterday about Transparency in energy usage – it made for interesting reading. The article talks about the benefits of having open data in the energy arena. In this case, the post is specifically talking about the...

Posted February 23, 2011    

Power Line Communications Now Being Used in More and More Scenarios

  I had a nice catch-up call with Mike Holt the other day – Mike is Semitech Semiconductor’s VP Sales and Marketing and we had previously talked last August. Mike was bringing me up to speed on what has been going on with Semitech in the...

Posted February 1, 2011    

SAP talks e-mobility!

Tweet  I visited SAP’s facilities recently on their energy efficiency day and talked to them about their e-mobility initiatives and the rollout of their 16 Coulomb Technologies electric vehicle level 2 charging stations for their employees. Tom...

Posted December 20, 2010