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Will IT Trends Drive IT/OT Divergence?

By Rick Nicholson

In case you haven't noticed there have been an increasing number of articles, reports, webcasts and conference presentations over the past few years focusing on the convergence or integration of information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT).  In the utility industry these two technology worlds have evolved such that they are separate and often at odds with each other.  Within a single organization you can find an enterprise IT organization that typically is responsible for enterprise


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As I rode the metro into work the other day, I read a piece by George Packer in the New Yorker describing a family unable to make ends meet because they are underemployed, not qualifying for federal or state assistance yet unable to make a living wage with high skills required. Packer claimed that the 9.2 % unemployment rate is really something like 16.2% if one takes into consideration those who do not appear unemployed on paper but are certainly not making it financially. Washington, D.C., is a bit of a b


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Towards a Smarter Future: Shifting Focus to Asia

By Debashis Tarafdar

This discussion follows from a recent event organized by Shell and Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute, Malaysia last week, titled "Future Energy, Smarter Mobility".


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IDC Energy Insights and the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) have just announced a partnership to recruit and launch the ASES/IDC Energy Insights Online Panel of North American PV Installers. Having spent the last two months conducting phone interviews of installers in support of my upcoming assessment of inverters for the residential PV market, I have had a taste of the type of feedback we will be collecting from the panel - and I'm looking forward to hearing more. Whether it's their dissatisfaction wi


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EnerNOC announced today the acquisition of Melbourne-based Energy Response - the leading demand response (DR) aggregator in the Australia and New Zealand energy markets.  EnerNOC's 8K filing puts the price of the acquisition at $30 million.  EnerNOC already had a subsidiary operating in Australian market prior to the acquisition so this deal represents a significant expansion of existing activities.  Specifically, EnerNOC Australia already had 100 MW of DR capacity under contract in the Weste



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