Four Japanese cities are participating in an experimental program called Next-Generation Energy and Social Systems Verification Experiment, also known as Japan Smart Cities, which traces its roots back to 2010.
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Xcel Energy boosts Colorado wind power, and could win over Boulder citizens who are demanding more access to clean, locally generated power. The company added 400 megawatts of new Colorado wind power in 2012.
What happens when one of the Netherlands’ foremost artists joins forces with a renowned engineering firm? The world’s first interactive smart highway, which is due to preview later this year in the Netherlands. Check out this amazing video of their work.
European ride-sharing services have expanded much more rapidly than in the United States. Markus Barnikel says “multi-modal” transport, or linking carpools with buses, trains, and plane trips, is the future of transportation. But, linking carpools with timetable-based public transport will be problematic. Has carpooling technology been pushed as far as it can go?
The New York Times reported this morning on a study showing that “of legislative requests presidents have made during the State of the Union address since 1965, just under half were at least partially successful.” If this would be the case with the climate and energy legislative requests President Obama made last night we’re good. Even very good.
A review of certification systems has some commentators worried that the federal government is about to weaken its green building requirements for construction and upgrades of federal buildings.
Last week, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has announced it will be seeking public input regarding the federal government’s use of third-party green building certification systems. GSA published a notice in the Federal Register seeking public comments on which green building certification schemes, if any, “are most likely to encourage a comprehensive and environmentally-sound approach to the certification of green Federal buildings.”
In advance of President Obama’s State of the Union Address, which is expected to include an urgent call for climate change action, SC Johnson has announced a new wind power initiative that expands its U.S. wind power commitments into Mexico.
Monday evening, two energy business and environmental policy heavyweights duked it out – sparring over several economic and environmental issues involving the future of energy in California and beyond.
GM achieved a milestone of 7,000 metric tons of carbon reduction as the result of their investment in IdleAir, a Knoxville, Tennessee-based company that makes an innovative Advanced Travel Center Electrification service available for long-haul truckers. IdleAir provides parking stations that provide electricity, heating and cooling, as well as Internet and Satellite TV, for long-haul truckers. Using these stations eliminates the need for truckers to idle their engines during these rest stops thereby savings thousand of pounds of carbon emissions in the process
Connecting impoverished homes with electricity and access to safe drinking water has always been a challenge in South Africa. The iShack is a low-cost housing structure that incorporates solar power for basic electricity needs.
Via Motors’ has built a cargo van for Verizon Wireless that is an electric plug-in with extended range achieved through a gasoline motor that is a generator to the van’s battery system. Think Chevy Volt for a business van that is primarily driven in a lot of stop and go urban traffic.
The French car manufacturer Peugeot Citroen is working on a new kind of hybrid car that uses both conventional internal combustion engine and compressed air.