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What Is Holding Back Blockchain Energy Grids?

Over the last few years, blockchain has grown from a low-key tech concept to a major topic in several influential conference rooms. With hopes of revolutionizing financial transactions, standards for transparency, and peer-to-peer communication without supervision, it has also triggered fantasies in the energy industry. Yet, regardless of the number of…

Chicago startup will help test hyperlocal electric vehicle incentive in California

The city of Sacramento is preparing to test a hyperlocal electric vehicle charging program that will use a Chicago company’s blockchain software to track customer rewards. The pilot project will offer blockchain-based “tokens” for charging vehicles when there’s a surplus of solar power on the local grid. The value will fluctuate based on the amount of solar being…

It’s part of our research and development strategy to engage with new technology providers,” said Denver Hinds, the municipal utility’s research and development manager for smart energy technologies.

EGEB: India bans single-use plastics, an easy way to figure out your solar ROI, more

On September 9, at the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a ban on single-use plastics in the country. The ban in India may take effect by October 2, the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi. The ban is already underway in individual government departments, according to Nikkei Asian Review…

The Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ministry last week announced a blanket ban on all single-use plastic products, starting September 15, while the Ministry of Railways has directed its vendors to avoid use of plastic carry bags from October 2, among other measures.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s experience in smart grids, connecting solar panels on buildings highlighted at World Energy Congress

ABU DHABI: Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence at Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), highlighted Dewa’s strategy in developing smart grids and connecting solar systems in buildings to the power grid, during a workshop at the 24th World Energy Congress, WEC, in Abu Dhabi. The workshop…

The Smart Grid is a key component of Dewa’s strategy to develop an advanced infrastructure for Smart Dubai’s initiative to transform Dubai into the smartest and happiest city in the world.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dewa

Before We Talk About Green Energy, Let’s Talk About Batteries

A new report from the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Energy seeks to assess the signs of whether there will be a gradual or a rapid “energy transition.”  In other words, will global economies switch from fossil fuels to renewable energies slowly or all at once? The report takes for granted that the world will transition to using renewable…

Even as penetration [of renewable power] rises, technologies such as storage and demand response are likely to make higher levels of penetration cheaper.

Is It Dumb to Be Smart in Grid Security?

The electric grid is a new frontline in national security, with cybersecurity attacks becoming increasingly sophisticated, going months or years before detection. Lately, it seems that everything is touted as being “smart.” We now have smart cities, smart meters, smartphones, smart water, smart cars, smart homes, and the smart grid. But, with every technological…

This approach seeks to thwart even the most sophisticated cyber-adversaries who, if they are intent on accessing the grid, would have to actually physically touch the equipment, thereby making cyber-attacks much more difficult

Senator Agnes King

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