Citi analysts: Big data, predictive software, storage, and virtual power plants could help solar and windpower become free

By Giles Parkinson on 1 August 2016 RenewEconomy Global investment bank Citi is predicting that the combination of near zero-variable cost energy sources such as solar and wind, along with smart analytics and “big data”, may deliver free energy.  The nuclear industry dangled this promise a half century ago, but now existing nuclear plants are not cost-competitive providers of energy …

Video: The Shocking Impact of Boring Energy Policy – CommonBound 2016 Conference

Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | Updated on Aug 1, 2016  | Originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-the-shocking-impact-of-boring-energy-policy-commonbound-2016-conference/ On July 9, John Farrell spoke to a group at the CommonBound 2016 Conference. The conference brought hundreds of leaders together to share “visionary strategies for achieving deep systemic change” in areas such as energy policy and economic justice. In this presentation, …

5 key principles for guiding the rules of the 21st century electricity system: Changing legacy systems and choices within the monopoly grid model present in 35 states, EVs paid for grid regulation services

Video: Choices Within Monopoly – A Grid of the Future Conversation with Jon Wellinghoff Written by John Farrell | Updated on Jul 28, 2016, originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-choices-within-monopoly-a-grid-of-the-future-conversation-with-jon-wellinghoff/ In November 2015, Jon Wellinghoff, former chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, spoke to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission about the grid of the future. In particular, …

Enterprise software injected with machine learning for asset management, predicting traffic jams, redirecting deliveries and more

By Adit Singh, Cross-posted from ReCode.net Diego Schtutman / Shutterstock Born of the innovations of Big Data and possessed of a new net intelligence layer, self-learning software will have huge impacts on productivity across all departments of an enterprise.Imagine a set of smart sensors placed throughout a city that feed data to deep-learning systems. The systems then predict where traffic …

Public sector taking a more active role in the evolution of 5G, which will be shared and a mix of licensed and unlicensed spectrum, will look more like a Super Wifi than a cell phone network

Cross-posted from ReCode.net Although the U.S. falls into the middle of the pack on broadband, it has been a leader in wireless — it’s the only country with four national LTE networks, and in the upper quartile on many other mobile-related metrics, such as usage, average speeds, level of competition and so on. Much of the innovation in wireless comes …

An excerpt from Utopia Drive: A Roadtrip through America’s Most Radical Idea

Since 1980, the wealthiest Americans have seen their incomes quadruple, while those of the poor and middle class have flatlined.  The more this inequality grows, the sicker and more punitive our country becomes. The epidemiologists Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett have recently shown that every single societal problem, with no exception, can be tied directly to income inequality. As a …

Solutionary Rail proposes overhead rail electrification powered by renewable energy and with US track modernization

Solutionary Rail proposes overhead rail electrification, powered by renewable energy accomplished in conjunction with track modernization. This infrastructural investment will bring to the United States the reliable, electrified, higher-speed service now common on public railroads in Europe, Asia and elsewhere. Such service can draw significant portions of freight and passenger service lost to highways and aviation back to the tracks. …