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Interview: Cisco and AGT Launch Strategic Partnership on Smart Cities

Cisco has been working in the smart cities space for seven years now — providing services including traffic management, parking assistance, waste management, pollution reduction, virtualized learning, security and health care.

This week they took another major step, announcing a strategic partnership with AGT International — a solutions provider that works specifically in the smart cities space, where they have fielded an impressive array of solutions ranging from law enforcement, to environmental monitoring to citizen services.

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Smart Energy Storage Becomes the New Power Source

Fossil fuels have long held an advantage over renewables in that they provide a combined energy source and storage medium in one substance, be it gasoline, coal, oil or natural gas. The fact that you can save it, store it, then use it continuously whenever you need it is a tremendous convenience.

That gap is now being reduced with the advent of combined solar-storage systems. These new systems not only match the capability of fossil fuels, but can actually go them one better. How?

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Video: EPA Honors Communities With Smart Growth Achievement Awards

An Atlanta park with a lake that enhances urban water management and city living, a highly energy efficient mixed-income, mixed use housing development in Sacramento powered by solar energy, and a riverside park in Iowa that mimics nature in enhancing the quality of residents’ lives while reducing flood risk are among the winners of this year’s EPA Smart Growth Achievement Awards.

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Who is Liable When Ridesharing Goes Wrong?

Popular ridesharing companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar have long-operated in a legal gray zone. While the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) unanimous approval of new regulations around ridesharing services last September helped to clear some of the ambiguity, scores of questions remain. Chief of these are liability issues — just who is to blame when things go wrong with ridesharing?

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Sustainable Design in Masdar City: Photo Essay

Flip through this photo essay, featuring images snapped on a recent tour of the city during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2014, for an up-close look at some of Masdar City’s most impressive sustainable design elements.

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CollectiveSun: Solar Power for Nonprofits

The boom in solar energy in the U.S. is due in large part to innovative financing, putting solar within reach of almost any business or homeowner with a roof, for little more than their signature. But for nonprofits it’s a different story.

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Crowdsourcing Sunshine: Web App Advises Homeowners on Solar

Solar power is a great source of energy: It’s both infinite and eco-friendly. However, some people may need a little extra incentive to have solar panels installed on their roofs. Israeli startup Generaytor is all about showing people the financial possibilities of going solar.

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Refurbished Wind Turbines to Power the Developing World at a Profit

Formally announced in a panel discussion at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi last week, the Vestas-backed Wind for Prosperity initiative claims to have devised a solution that will power the developing world while yielding returns for investors.

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Should the Wind Energy Industry Receive Tax Credits?

The Production Tax Credit (PTC) expired on Dec. 31, and the industry is waiting to see if it will be extended, causing great financial uncertainty. Although the credit was designed to help the wind industry, it has created boom and bust cycles and made planning difficult. Is the PTC an important aspect of tax policy and should it be extended again?

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DOE Helps Sprint Put Fuel Cells on Cell Towers

What do you get when you cross a fuel cell with a cell tower? Would that be a fuel tower? Or perhaps a fuel cell cell tower? Probably the best people to ask would be the folks at Sprint since they just received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to install hydrogen fuel cell (HFC) technology as backup power to a number of their network sites.

The technology, still in development, would actually provide innovative approaches for rooftop fuel cell deployments. One approach being explored is a modular and lightweight fuel cell solution that can be installed without cranes and can be refueled from the ground – eliminating the need to transport fuel to rooftops.