November 27, 2016, 11am PST
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?
June 11, 2015, 5am PDT
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 4, 2015, 8am PDT
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.
March 13, 2013, 10am PDT
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.
June 21, 2012, 8am PDT
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.
December 1, 2011, 8am PST
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
August 1, 2011, 10am PDT
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.
April 20, 2011, 5am PDT
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.
February 3, 2011, 12pm PST
Three years ago, Boulder grabbed international attention when it announced plans to construct a "smart grid" of high tech tools to help cut its electricity consumption. But that project has gone way over budget.
January 25, 2011, 8am PST
Building owners in downtown Chicago are hoping to push forward a project aimed at creating a "smart grid" of energy-efficient and energy-producing buildings.
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October 15, 2010, 12pm PDT
The city Yokohama could be Japan's next exportable good. officials there want it to be a low-emissions "smart" city -- a model they hope to be able to convince other cities to replicate.
August 14, 2010, 9am PDT
Maury Blackman of Accela writes that local governments will have a significant effect on whether electric cars take off or not, because they will be approving and building the necessary infrastructure.
July 16, 2010, 6am PDT
In the face of a recent heat wave, New York City's smart grid stood up to the challenge and made sure that the power kept flowing.
July 1, 2010, 2pm PDT
<em>The Infrastructurist</em> reports on a recent panel about smart grid technology -- and its awkward timing right after a major smart grid plan was shot down by the Maryland Public Service Commission.
April 25, 2010, 9am PDT
The Regional Plan Association recently held their Annual Regional Assembly, focused this year on technology and innovation. Thomas K. Wright of the RPA talks about some of the smart ideas that came out of the assembly.
February 2, 2010, 9am PST
Technology is going to be deeply integrated within New Songdo City, an instant city developing on a man-made island off the coast of Korea.
October 29, 2009, 10am PDT
Earlier this week, the Obama Administration announced a significant investment in smart grid infrastructure like improved transmission lines and smart meters in homes.
September 14, 2009, 8am PDT
Boulder, Colorado, has become the world's "first fully functioning smart grid enabled city".
June 29, 2009, 2pm PDT
You don't have to tear a city down to make it green, according to this piece from the <em>Boston Globe</em>, which offers some emerging ideas.
June 11, 2009, 5am PDT
Amsterdam has taken its smart grid live, installing solar panels and 300 electric car recharging stations throughout the city.