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Entry: Google announced last week that it's going to discontinue PowerMeter, a software service for home energy management. In its official statement, Google indicated that the PowerMeter, since its inception in 2009, has raised good awareness among consumers about home energy management in the cloud.  According to the statement, customers will have access to the data and the tool till September 16, 2011.  The apparent reason for the product's downfall is low adoption among consumers.  While


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The release of ISO 50001 on June 7th, followed by the announcement of a collaboration between the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and Scientific Conservation signal significant opportunity for the Smart Building technologies market because these new directives focus on continuous improvement for energy efficiency. While the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the USGBC are voluntary certification authorities, their guidance in the market has historically been transformative


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GE's Next Move in Waste Heat Recovery

By Jay Holman

The waste heat to power (WHTP) industry is a challenging one. On one hand, an enormous amount of energy is wasted each year in power plants, industrial processes, and commercial facilities, and technologies exist that can capture a decent chunk of that energy and convert it to electricity. On the other hand, each source of waste heat is unique, and is often tied to a process that could potentially be disrupted during the construction or operation of a waste heat to power project. Additionally, it can be dif


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Last week IBM celebrated its 100th anniversary as a company - generating a nearly endless stream of commentary and analysis.  One story by Steve Lohr in the New York Times pointed out that IBM's longevity was due in large part to its core assets which include strong, long-term customer relationships, deep scientific and research capabilities and an unmatched breadth of technical skills in hardware, software and services.  I believe that these same core assets are what make IBM such a strong player


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Earlier this week, Advanced Energy introduced a new line of stainless steel PV Powered commercial inverters, and announced that it had been selected to power a 787 kW project at the U.S. Navy Pacific Missile Range facility in Kekaha, Hawaii.


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On Monday the six largest meter manufacturers announced a newly formed nonprofit advocacy group aimed at educating the electric industry on the benefits of migrating to advanced ‘smart’ metering.  The new group named Smart Meter Manufacturers Association of America (SMMAA) is comprised of Echelon, Elster, GE, Itron, Landis-Gyr, and Sensus. A group of veterans with a long-standing legacy in metering all facing the same challenges of universal market adoption.


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This past week marked the 20th year the solar industry experienced its World Cup of trade shows, InterSolar Europe, held in what better city than Munich, Germany.  Significant representation from companies focused on everything from PV modules to solar inverters to tracker systems was apparent and the atmosphere was vibrant to say the least. This post was co-authored by Ryan Reith and Adam Hazdra. With 10+ exhibition halls pulsating with booth music, flashing lights, and exciting demos, companies did a


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Yesterday I attended IBM's launch event for their Intelligent Building Management software at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. IBM showcased the success of several key pilot projects that laid the framework for their new smart building software solution. There were three main take-aways from the meeting: 1) it's crucial to truly understand the problem we face with the management of today's buildings, 2) buildings hold enormous opportunity for energy conservation and GHG mitigation if managem


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After rather sluggish 2010, EMEA region sees increasing demand for smart meters, IDC Energy Insights Worldwide Quarterly Smart Meter Tracker reveals. Learn more below and share your thoughts about the market outlook.


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This blog post was co-authored by Marcus Torchia. The acquisitions in the smart grid market just keep coming, like rolling thunder that quickly follows the crack of lightning strikes.  Today, it is Schneider Electric's tender offer for the Spanish technology company Telvent.  At $40 a share, the valuation of approximately $2 billion comes in at an approximately 2x multiple of revenue, which was 763 million Euro in 2010. We are witnessing the birth of an acquisitive period in the energy technology



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