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Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

U.S. Homeowners on Clean Energy: A National Survey

Monday, April 13th, 2015
How important is renewable energy to America

CLEAN EDGE
SOLARCITY
In our second annual survey of U.S. homeowner purchasing trends and attitudes, we find that clean-energy products and services – including solar PV, utility-scale renewables, hybrid electric vehicles, and green buildings – continue to experience double-digit compound annual growth rates (CAGRs). Sustained double-digit growth rates for more than a decade reflect the long-term nature of this current shift to more efficient, cleaner, and environmentally friendly products and services. But don’t be mistaken; as our research clearly points out, it is cost savings, much more than environmental factors, that are driving this monumental shift.

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EPA’s Clean Power Plan and Reliability

Monday, February 16th, 2015
Figure 1 Application of BSER for 2030 CO2 Emissions Rate Standards by State

THE BRATTLE GROUP
The United States (“U.S.”) power system is undergoing a fundamental transformation, largely driven by advances in technology and low natural gas prices. This transformation is putting significant pressure on existing coal-fired and even nuclear generation, increasingly leads to renewable energy resources being cost-competitive with fossil-fired generation, and results in myriad choices for consumers that promise to permanently alter the role of demand in the power system. As a consequence, the fuel mix and associated emissions of the U.S. power system are changing rapidly, as are the actions taken by system operators to manage the quickly evolving electric system.

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Twitter “Town Hall” – DOT Secretary Foxx and House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Shuster

Friday, February 13th, 2015
ShusterFoxxTwitterTownHall

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and House Transportation Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster recently hosted a virtual “Town Hall” on Twitter to discuss the issue of infrastructure in the United States. Using the hashtag #StuckInTraffic, Chairman Shuster (@Transport) and Secretary Foxx (@SecretaryFoxx) answered questions from industry leaders and the public on strengthening our nation’s highway, […]

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The Innovative Transportation Index

Monday, February 9th, 2015
Table ES-1. Top Cities with Abundant Choices

FRONTIER GROUP
U.S. PIRG EDUCATION FUND
Rapid technological advances have enabled the creation of new transportation tools that make it possible for more Americans to live full and engaged lives without owning a car. Many of these new tools have been in existence for less than a decade – some for less than five years – but they have spread rapidly to cities across the United States.

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Mobile Infrastructure Is the Key to Telemedicine and Global Healthcare

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
Mobile Medicine

Mobile connectivity—even with all the new, multi-media capabilities being added to it—is still basically about simple, direct communication. Healthcare in the U.S. is marrying technology, professional philosophy, and government programs to reach the same basic goal of improved communication. Because of this, healthcare infrastructure need not rely exclusively on the spread on high-speed access to ensure quality care access.

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2015 Strategic Directions: Smart Utility Report

Monday, February 2nd, 2015
Figure 1 What do you see as the primary driver of smart city initiatives in your region?

BLACK & VEATCH
Now more than ever, the increasing use of technology offers utility operators greater understanding of their networks and how customers consume power, water, natural gas and data. Forecasting historically required large teams to examine past operations and create an operations snapshot, often long in the past. Now, predictive analytics, or Adaptive Planning, is redefining how complex systems can be managed through rapid analysis of real-time information.

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Going Solar in America: Ranking Solar Value to Consumers

Monday, January 26th, 2015
Overall City Rankings

Most Americans are unaware of the true financial value of solar today. Seen by many as a technological luxury, solar energy is not seriously considered as an option by most homeowners in the U.S. However, our analysis shows that, in 46 of America’s 50 largest cities, a fully-financed, typically-sized solar PV system is a better investment than the stock market, and in 42 of these cities, the same system already costs less than energy from a residential customer’s local utility…So why aren’t more Americans investing in solar? There is a clear information gap, and with this report, we intend to open the eyes of average homeowners by showing that solar can generate both significant monthly savings and long-term investment value, and not infrequently, cost less than energy from some of America’s largest electric utilities.

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Do You ORCycle? New App Aims to Improve Cycling in Oregon

Friday, November 14th, 2014
ORCycle

Responding to a clear lack of data relating to infrastructure issues, safety, and cycling routes, ORCycle proposes to connect cyclists directly with transportation planners, potentially leading to rapid improvements in the efficiency and safety of Oregon’s cycling network.

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Computer and Internet Use in the United States

Thursday, November 13th, 2014
Figure 3. Percentage of Households by Type of Internet Subscription: 2013

UNITED STATES CENSUS BUREAU
As part of the 2008 Broadband Data Improvement Act, the U.S. Census Bureau began asking about computer and Internet use in the 2013 American Community Survey (ACS). Federal agencies use these statistics to measure and monitor the nationwide development of broadband networks and to allocate resources intended to increase access to broadband technologies, particularly among groups with traditionally low levels of access. State and local governments can use these statistics for similar purposes. Understanding how people in specific cities and towns use computers and the Internet will help businesses and nonprofits better serve their communities as well.

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Interactive Map: Geothermal Energy Potential

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
U.S. DOT: Geothermal Energy Interactive Map

The U.S. Department of Energy has collected data on heat flows in the United States for decades, and has visualized the information in a variety of ways. Their latest interactive map shows where the most geothermal energy potential is located, and where energy companies are already capitalizing on geothermal sources to bolster the grid.

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