NREL’s Sustainable Mobility Initiative, focus areas and publications

Cross-posted from NREL: http://www.nrel.gov/transportation/sustainable-mobility-initiative.html NREL’s Sustainable Mobility Initiative approaches sustainable transportation as a network of travelers, services, and environments—rather than just vehicles and roads—using connectivity and automation to optimize mobility and significantly reduce related energy consumption. This concept of an intelligent, integrated, and dynamic mobility system represents a meaningful change from today’s vantage point of linear trips and single-occupancy vehicles. Working …

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 …

A different form of mobility

Excerpted and Cross-posted from Future Crunch More people got connected to the internet than ever before Globally, there are now 3.2 billion people online, and 2 billion of them are from developing countries. In 2000 those numbers were 300 million and 100 million respectively. It means the number of people with internet access has seen an eight fold increase in …

A century and a half ago, fossil fuels replaced slaves as the underpriced energy source driving American economic growth…

By transportation entrepreneur and former Zipcar CEO Robin Chase, cross-posted from the Huffington Post.  She co-founded the largest car-sharing company in the world, along with three other companies (Veniam, Buzzcar, and GoLoco). She was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, a Business Week Top Ten Designer, a Fast Company Champion of Innovation, and has been featured …

Robin Chase on new transportation platforms, cooperative capitalism, and more

Transportation entrepreneur Robin Chase is former CEO of Zipcar, the largest car sharing company in the world.  The is on the Boards of Veniam, the World Resources Institute, and Tucows. She also served on the board of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the National Advisory Council for Innovation & Entrepreneurship for the US Department of Commerce, the Intelligent Transportations Systems Program Advisory …

Policy changes helping avoid food waste

CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK Italy, known for its amazing food, is facing a related problem — food waste. According to government estimates, the country currently wastes about five million tons of food every year. To combat the issue, the Italian government recently passed a new law aimed at making it easier for both retailers and consumers to prevent food waste. The law …

Every additional μg/m3 of lead in air increased assault rates 21 years later (163 per 100K) — accounting for 29.8 % of the variance in assault rates 21 years later (compared to 5% for proportion of youth or finishing high school)

For every additional μg/m3 of lead in air, assault rates 21 years later increased by 163 per 100,000 population (see Table 3). Lead in air was the strongest predictor in the model, accounting for 29.8 % of the variance in assault rates 21 years later. By comparison, the proportion of the population aged 15–24 accounted for 5.4 % of the variance, and the proportion of …

Mergers are leading to price increases in 75% of cases, according to research

Some of the issues that could be ripe for discussion this fall… 1. Monopolies: Increasing Prices, Cutting Jobs The Busch/Miller merger is the latest attack on competition, joining the recent surge toward oligopolies in the banking industry, pharmaceuticals and hospitals, wireless companies, and airlines. Contrary to any condescending claims that mergers contribute to price-lowering efficiencies, they have actually led to …