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The smart water roundtable discussion at the 2012 IDC Energy Insights Outlook Summit, held August 20-21 in Boulder, included analysts, utilities, vendors and consultants. During the discussion a number of new drivers for investment in smart water technologies emerged.

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Today I read an article in Forbes advocating one lens approach to energy efficiency over another to tackle the enormous waste in the largest hospitals in the country. The author focuses on a recent Energy Information Administration press release regarding in the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), which found that over 90% of the largest hospitals in the US use lighting conservation technologies as a mechanism to reduce energy waste. The problem with the conclusion of this article is that adopting a focus on combined heat and power (CHP) over lighting as the solution to energy inefficiency retains a narrow vision and fails to adopt the kind of holistic vision of energy management that is feasible today with Smart Building technologies.

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In late May of 2012, I completed a study on utility field workforce entitled Utility Field Workforce on the Go—How Mobility is Shaking Out. The research examines how utilities are maturing in their use of mobile workforce solutions (WMS) to support field workers. It points out how utilities can derive extensive benefits based on the abilities of MWS to fundamentally realign and redesign business process on many levels. However, the report notes the caution utility executives take in approaching MWS and how they struggle to align field operations with an increasingly mobile world. Why?

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IDC Energy Insights has just published a new report on Repurposing Electric Vehicle Batteries for Stationary Storage. In 2020, there will be some 400 MegaWattHours of batteries ready to start coming out of cars. And the number will only increase from there. Where will those batteries go? Many will be so degraded that they are simply shipped off for recycling. Others that have suffered very little degradation will stay inside the car for many years more. However the majority of the battery packs will be degraded enough so that they are no longer useful as vehicular traction batteries, but have enough capacity inside them to continue to operate as energy storage devices. What is the best use of these batteries?

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IDC Energy Insights published a new report this week covering investment opportunities in lighting retrofits for energy management, and more specifically the benefits of utilizing LED technologies.

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