A Little Music Reading for the Holiday Weekend

Lynne Kiesling So I’ve really been enjoying The Police tour and rediscovering the joy I find in their music. Here’s an article from the Guardian last week about the band, in 1978 and today, by a writer who has traveled with the band and written about them then and now. Of all the articles I’ve … More A Little Music Reading for the Holiday WeekendMore A Little Music Reading for the Holiday Weekend

New Daedalus Blog

Lynne Kiesling I have been remiss in not recommending to you the New Daedalus blog by Toby Considine, one of the most visionary folks I know in the intelligent buildings and IT space. His post about information and behavior changes discusses the visual information transmission technology used at Southern California Edison to signal price changes … More New Daedalus BlogMore New Daedalus Blog

Data Center Power Use, Storage, and Smart Grid

Lynne Kiesling Data center power use has become substantial over the past decade, as computing has increased and computing power has intensified, so we have smaller processors doing ever more work, requiring ever more electricity. These processors also give off more waste heat, requiring more cooling, which requires more electricity; indeed, data center cooling has … More Data Center Power Use, Storage, and Smart GridMore Data Center Power Use, Storage, and Smart Grid

Demand Response in the Recent East Coast Heat Wave

Lynne Kiesling It was pretty hot on the East Coast a couple of weeks ago, wasn’t it? The kind of heat that drives up the use of air conditioning and creates electricity demand spikes near system capacity, threatening service reliability. But there were no blackouts, no brownouts … what gives? Price signals and demand response, … More Demand Response in the Recent East Coast Heat WaveMore Demand Response in the Recent East Coast Heat Wave

Would Perfectly Internalizing Motor Vehicle Externalities Make the Economy Less Efficient?

Michael Giberson Would perfectly internalizing motor vehicle externalities make the economy less efficient? Jerry Taylor and Peter Van Doren of the Cato Institute make that claim in a paper advocating the repeal of federal and state gasoline taxes. The paper has picked up a couple of high profile econoblogging mentions – from Tyler Cowen, Greg … More Would Perfectly Internalizing Motor Vehicle Externalities Make the Economy Less Efficient?More Would Perfectly Internalizing Motor Vehicle Externalities Make the Economy Less Efficient?

Vino Volo: An Oasis of Civilization Beyond Airport Security

Lynne Kiesling In late June the KP Spouse and I were flying back from the ISNIE conference in Iceland, and we had a lengthy layover at BWI while awaiting our Southwest flight to Midway. Tired after a long flight from Reykjavik, we grabbed a crabcake dinner at the restaurant we knew of, then sauntered down … More Vino Volo: An Oasis of Civilization Beyond Airport SecurityMore Vino Volo: An Oasis of Civilization Beyond Airport Security

Thomas Friedman on Energy Efficiency in the New York Times Today

Lynne Kiesling Today’s New York Times has a column by Thomas Friedman, “Go Green And Save Money” (TimesSelect $$), on the importance of energy efficiency for both reducing costs and reducing overall resource use. In it Friedman draws attention to the crucial fact that both electricity use and prices are determined by the interaction of … More Thomas Friedman on Energy Efficiency in the New York Times TodayMore Thomas Friedman on Energy Efficiency in the New York Times Today

More on AMR and AMI

Lynne Kiesling I just want to amplify what Mike just said about the difference between AMR and AMI, and why you, the non-energy-professional, should care. Over the past couple of decades, some utilities have been putting in new meters with AMR capabilities when they’ve had to replace meters. AMR meters are only capable of one-way … More More on AMR and AMIMore More on AMR and AMI

AMI Not AMR: Getting the Right Kind of New Meter

Michael Giberson An article about meter technology company Itron in the Spokane (WA) Journal of Business makes the distinction between the last hot new thing in metering — automatic meter reading (AMR) — and the latest new thing — advanced meter infrastructure (AMI). AMR provided a giant leap forward in reducing meter reading costs and … More AMI Not AMR: Getting the Right Kind of New MeterMore AMI Not AMR: Getting the Right Kind of New Meter