Smart Grid

Electricity

Improved Electrical Grids Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Preventing electricity losses makes power generation more efficient. Those efficiencies translate into lower emissions.

October 10, 2019 - Inside Science

Electricity Pylon

A New Commitment to an Efficient, Smart Grid in Arizona

Arizona's largest electric utility is proposing a set of next-gen energy conservation tools for its customers, as well as an accompanying educational component.

September 13, 2017 - Smart Cities Dive

Control Room

Smart Cities: High Costs, High Potential

Over the next two decades, bold estimates have local governments around the world spending over $41 trillion on "smart cities." But what are smart cities, and how do we measure return on investment?

November 27, 2016 - CNBC

SimCity 2013

Full-Scale 'SimCity' Will Be Tech Testing Ground

Devoid of a human population, the Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation (CITE) is a planned, privately-operated trial lab for the smart city. The CITE design calls for a small, fully-functioning ghost town.

June 11, 2015 - Wired

Doubts Raised About OneNYC's Energy Efficiency Goals

Following the April announcement of Mayor de Blasio's OneNYC plan (an update to the Bloomberg Administration's PlaNYC), critics are poking holes in the energy efficiency goals included in the new plan.

June 4, 2015 - Capital

The Smart Grid: Real or Hype?

James Kelly, formerly of Southern California Edison, moderated “Smart Grid: Real or Hype?” at this year’s VerdeXchange conference. Featuring utility and grid specialists, the panel addressed the challenges of implementing the smarter grid.

March 13, 2013 - The Planning Report

The Headwinds Hindering America’s Transition to Renewable Energy

Nations like Denmark are leading the world in producing renewable energy. But the transition to renewables doesn’t just amount to the number of solar panels or wind turbines that can be built, it takes a smart grid to maximize their potential.

June 21, 2012 - THE DIRT

The Future is Renewable, Local Power

John Farrell of Renewable Energy World explains how a shift to local, renewable energy sources and away from the current system of long-distance, coal-burning utilities will

December 1, 2011 - Renewable Energy World

Testing the Smart Grid

South Korea is making perhaps the biggest moves towards creating a vast "smart" electricity grid with a test grid of homes equipped with new meters and applications that communicate with each other and the grid.

August 1, 2011 - The New York Times

Getting the Smart Grid On Line

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has opened a new testing facility in San Ramon, California to experiment with smart grid technology. They're currently testing new systems for reducing outages.

April 20, 2011 - Next100

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.