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High time for smart energy solutions

Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat, Manila Bulletin Summary With the Philippines’ cost of power among the highest in the region and being one of countries that are most vulnerable to natural disasters, the country is ripe for smart energy solutions. Pierre Cheyron, chief executive officer of ENGIE...


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Congressional Update: The Advancing Grid Storage Act of 2017

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, Senator Al Franken (D-MN), with Senator Heinrich (D-NM) as cosponsor, introduced a bill to improve electrical grid reliability and resiliency. The Advancing Grid Storage Act of 2017 was introduced on September 25 . The bill is divided in...

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Harvard survey: Only one-third of businesses have developed resiliency plans

Cody Boteler, Smart Cities Dive Summary A recent survey of Harvard Business Review readers showed that businesses across the U.S. are interested in improving their energy efficiency and their resiliency in extreme weather events, yet only one-third of businesses have done so. According...


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Mayor, City Place developer release draft development agreement

Vermont Business Magazine Summary Mayor Miro Weinberger released the following statement today regarding the City and Devonwood’s release of the draft Burlington City Place Development Agreement. City Place is the $220 million residential and commercial development that will replace the...


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On infrastructure investment, don't miss the forest for the trees

Rob Thornton, Smart Cities Dive Summary Two visions for U.S. infrastructure investment have emerged, one proposed by President Donald Trump and one by Senate Democrats. They attempt to capitalize on bipartisan support and excitement generated during the presidential election. Both call for up...


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District Energy and Amazon's HQ2 Decision

On September 7, Amazon announced it would begin a process to establish a second headquarters, potentially costing $5 billion to build and equip and providing workspace for 50,000 employees. Amazon opened the door to new metro regions across North America outside of Seattle. With this...

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Data Center Firm Expects to Halve Energy Cost by Recycling Heat

Mary Branscombe, DataCenter Knowledge Modern data centers don’t need to be in the middle of nowhere . New approaches to cooling and to building architecture are making urban locations attractive, especially in countries where low-cost renewable energy is plentiful. That’s the...


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This Is How Pittsburgh Is Taking Climate Action

Clean Technica With just three words, Pittsburgh was thrust into the center of the global climate fight. And boy, did it come out swinging. Until earlier this summer, the city of Pittsburgh may not have come immediately to mind when you thought of major cities leading the climate fight. Indeed...


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How Does Thermal Energy Storage Reach Scale?

Greentech Media, Julian Spector Summary A vital technology for securing deep greenhouse gas reductions exists and works well, but still hasn't achieved widespread deployment. Thermal energy storage has succeeded in the field for decades. Precooling an insulated vat of liquid can chop an...


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11 Billion-Dollar Mega-Projects That Will Transform the World’s Greatest Cities by 2035

Business Insider, Futurism The world is rapidly urbanizing. The United Nations predicts that the number of people living in cities could double by 2050 — to 6.5 billion. To accommodate growing populations, cities like Paris, New York, and Tokyo are building more housing and public...