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Energy Sector and Domestic Economy are Especially Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks

In testimony before the US Congress, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said that cyber threats and natural disasters could seriously put the electric grid at risk and has thus listed the steps that the country can take to mitigate disruptions and the economic harm that would flow from that.

Engineers Say Investment in National Infrastructure is Urgent, or Else

The quickest way to hurt American economic output is to deny investment to the country’s infrastructure, which delivers everyday products as well as clean water and electricity to households and businesses, says the American Society of Civil Engineers

Smart Cities and the Age of Urban Tech

In June 2015, Kansas City formalized a $15.7 million public-private partnership with Cisco Systems, Inc., Sprint and partners to implement a comprehensive smart city framework to pilot along Kansas City’s 2.2 mile streetcar corridor. To leverage and attract additional influx of economic activity while providing city solutions, the KC Living … Read more »

How the Relationship between the kW and kWh is Changing Utility Operation

The energy industry is in the midst of a grand transition that may de-emphasize the American public’s best understood electricity attribute of energy efficiency (EE), which focuses on reducing the amount of kilowatt hours (kWh) consumed. Far more important to utility operations and grid stability/security is demand management focusing on … Read more »

With a Focus Increasing Reliability and Decreasing Emissions, Microgrids are Stepping Out

When the electricity goes out, the lights often turn on inside the minds of innovators. Enter the world of microgrids, which is becoming a harbinger of energy trends as more and more companies and campuses with sensitive operations need a continuous flow of power. Microgrids are systems set up to … Read more »

Innovation Must Enhance Efficiency, Not Just the ‘Cool Factor’

Earlier this month I spent a week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)—an almost overwhelming ocean of innovation—during which 170,000 people converged on Vegas to see the most advanced and ingenious products, technologies, and prototypes that the human mind can comprehend. This year’s show was as vibrant and interesting as ever, … Read more »

Top 10 Smart Building Myths Exposed

Although smart buildings have been proven to save energy, streamline facilities management and prevent expensive equipment failures, many property owners and investors do not see the value in smart buildings, so Jones Lang LaSalle created a graphic that discredits the top 10 smart building myths. A summary of the graphic … Read more »

Call for Submissions: 3rd Annual Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards

Environmental Leader announces the third annual Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards, a program which recognizes excellence in the areas of environmental and sustainability management by awarding Top Product/Project of the Year status to those that receive a top score from a panel of distinguished judges, headed by a coordinator … Read more »

EV Charging Station Market to Hit $947M by 2020

The US electric vehicle level two charging station market will grow from $67 million to $947 million by 2020, fueled by President Obama’s target of 1 million EVs on the road by 2015, according to research by GlobalData. Globally, the market for EV level two charging stations will grow from an … Read more »

Insider Knowledge Report Shares Lessons Learned from Environmental Decision-Makers

More than 100 Environmental, Sustainability and Energy Management Decision-Makers Offer Tactics, Case Studies, What Works, and What Doesn’t Environmental Leader today released the 2014 edition of its annual Insider Knowledge Report, made possible by Enviance. The report includes lessons-learned, tactics, insights and case studies from experts working in the trenches … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: BP’s Latest Spill, Rare Earths, NESHAP

The EPA is investigating possible violations of the Clean Water Act following BP’s crude oil spill into Lake Michigan from its Whiting, Ind., refinery. BP today more than doubled its estimate of the maximum amount spilled, to 39 barrels, or 1,638 gallons. The EPA said the spill likely poses no long-term risk … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: EPA Seeks REACH Data, ISO 14001 Timeline Set

The EPA may use its subpoena authority under Section 11 of the Toxic Substances Control Act to compel companies to give it chemical data that they provided to the EU for REACH compliance, ChemicalWatch reports. Wendy Cleland-Hamnett, director of the EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, said the agency will seek … Read more »