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What You Need to Know About Demand Response

demand-response-smWhen was the last time you flipped a light switch and took a moment to think about the impact of your action on the electric grid?  It wouldn’t be farfetched to say that it’s a notion that never crossed your mind—and you wouldn’t be alone.  While we rely upon consistent service from the electric grid on a daily basis, most individuals don’t concern themselves with how the grid functions until a blackout or brownout occurs.
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Four Common Misconceptions of the Electric Car

electic-car-smThe pace of innovation never ceases to amaze.  However, the rate of technology adoption often fails to keep pace with rate of development.  In order for an emerging technological advancement to break through into the mainstream, it must provide a clear benefit to the multitudes of potential users, be relatively easy to understand, and, of course, fall within the budget constraints of the average individual.  Meeting such criteria is difficult with transformative innovations.  Early iterations are often less user-friendly and more costly than later rollouts, and many people resist changing from something they’re familiar with to something unknown.
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Three Benefits of Smart City Lighting Grids

smart-lighting-smThe pace at which new connected telecommunications technology arrives to market continues to accelerate.  The first website was made public in 1991.  Only three years later, in 1994, the first smartphone was released by BellSouth.  Now, just two decades later, connected technology has moved beyond computers and phones and into nearly every facet of life, ranging from domestic applications to city-wide infrastructure projects.
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Generating Your Own Energy with the Internet of Things

smart-home-smThe ever-growing machine-to-machine (M2M) network of connected devices known as the Internet of Things (IoT) has been lauded for years as a revolutionary technological advance that will dramatically change how people, businesses and entire nations live.  After years of speculation, the IoT is finally making its way into the mainstream.  Gartner reports that 2016 will see 6.4 billion connected devices in use, a 30 percent increase over the previous year.  But by 2020, that number is estimated to reach 20.8 billion.
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