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Energy efficiency in the cloud

Home Efficiency Startup PlotWatt Raises $3 Million

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North Carolina-based PlotWatt has raised $3 million Series A round of funding, according to an SEC filing. Founded in 2008, the company provides smart meter data analysis to help people lower their energy bills. It’s sort of like a Mint.com for energy use. Last year Felicis Ventures invested in a...
Home Efficiency Startup PlotWatt Raises $3 Million

Google Gets Approval To Trade Energy: Will It Sell To Consumers?

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The US Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) has given Google subsidiary Google Energy authorization to trade electricity in bulk like other utility companies. FERC has issued an order allowing Delaware-based Google Energy to buy and sell power at market rates. This clears the way for Google to control their energy...
Google Gets Approval To Trade Energy: Will It Sell To Consumers?
Microsoft touts energy savings from new smart campus technology

Google Energy: Google Can Now Buy and Sell Electricity

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Google’s ever-expanding empire has added another branch: subsidiary Google Energy has been granted an order by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to buy and sell energy at market rates.Does this mean Google is set to become your power company? Not yet — instead, Google wants more control over the...
Google Energy: Google Can Now Buy and Sell Electricity

Study author defends findings on console energy savings through auto-power-down

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You'd think a study outlining how a simple console firmware update could save terawatts of electricity and billions of dollars in energy costs wouldn't be incredibly controversial. But judging by the comments on our recent story about that study, many readers had a few issues with both the authors'...
Study author defends findings on console energy savings through auto-power-down
It’s not easy being green: Data center edition
Chinese LED Firm Raises $30m, Press Talks About Al Gore Instead

Ford launches MyEnergi Lifestyle green initiative with Eaton, SunPower and WhirlPool

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Ford has announced the MyEnergi Lifestyle program in collaboration with Eaton, SunPower and WhirlPool designed to help US families reduce electricity usage through monitoring it in the cloud. Additional partners include Infineon and Nest Labs, the maker of a smart thermostat. As part of the collaboration, the companies are teaming...
Ford launches MyEnergi Lifestyle green initiative with Eaton, SunPower and WhirlPool

Data centers could suck up 10% of Northwestern power by 2030

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Supersized data centers built in the Northwest of the U.S. could consume 10 percent of the region’s power by 2030, if the data center infrastructure isn’t made more efficient, according to an article in The Oregonian. Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon have all built, or are building, huge data centers...
Data centers could suck up 10% of Northwestern power by 2030
ARM-based OpenStack: it's like an army of cell phones powering cloud-based computing
Earth Day: 5 Quick Tips For Greener Tech

Tado°, Europe's answer to NEST, launches its smart heating app worldwide

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Tado°, the Munich, Germany-based maker of a smart heating control solution for private homes and small businesses not unlike NEST, is today launching its software for iOS and Android phones globally. Tado° (which I’m henceforth calling Tado without the “°”) originally launched its smartphone-based heating control system in Germany, Austria...
Tado°, Europe's answer to NEST, launches its smart heating app worldwide

How to make the cloud more sustainable and resilient

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It’s no big secret these days that moving to the cloud is no longer a sufficient environmental policy. Sure, it may reduce paper usage, underutilized hardware and localized energy costs, but those things alone aren’t a business necessity yet. More recently, the conversation has shifted from merely moving to the...
How to make the cloud more sustainable and resilient

Google promotes energy savings with Apps

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Companies that turn off their local servers for e-mail, productivity and collaboration applications and switch to the cloud-hosted Google Apps suite can save significant amounts of money in energy costs, Google said on Monday....
Google promotes energy savings with Apps

Google to chill servers with thermal storage at Taiwan data center

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It''s well known that Google operates some of the most efficient data centers on the planet. Now, the company is adding a new weapon to its arsenal for keeping data centers running cool without breaking the bank on energy costs. A $300 million data center expected to go online...
Google to chill servers with thermal storage at Taiwan data center

Does Zynga need to compete with Facebook on infrastructure?

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Zynga is in a tricky position technologically thanks to its new frenemy status with Facebook. Zynga claims 240 million active users and it wants a lot more, but scaling to those heights might require one heck of a computing infrastructure. Zynga’s zCloud gets a lot of attention — arguably well-deserved...
Does Zynga need to compete with Facebook on infrastructure?

Department Of Veterans Affairs Uses SaaS To Go Green

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Defining an energy efficiency strategy can be challenging for big organizations with multiple large buildings. The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today that it has installed energy analysis SPARC520 equipment for its Washington, D.C. headquarters. SPARC, based in Charleston, South Carolina, has a diverse portfolio of products that includes human...
Department Of Veterans Affairs Uses SaaS To Go Green

Green Blog: Cooling a Computer Server With ... Mineral Oil?

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In a yearlong trial, Intel found that substituting oil immersion for the circulation of air reduced its energy costs by 10 to 20 percent....
Green Blog: Cooling a Computer Server With ... Mineral Oil?

In The Cafeteria, Google Gets Healthy

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Companies spend a lot of time finding ways to cut energy costs and increase recycling. Here's how the tech giant is working to better manage another resource: the health of its staff. Much has changed since Google earned a reputation for fattening its staffers with food on demand. These days,...
In The Cafeteria, Google Gets Healthy

Q&A: Clean tech startup links business decisions to energy costs

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Jimmy Jia Distributed Energy Management has business intelligence software that analyzes the energy data from smart meters, or any other data source, and correlates it to business operations. I chatted with founder Jimmy Jia, who  holds a BS and MS in Material Science and Engineering from MIT and an MBA...
Q&A: Clean tech startup links business decisions to energy costs

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Wonderbag

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Boil in the bag for the 21st Century Much like yesterday’s Website of the Day, this is one of those brilliantly simple ideas, brilliantly executed. Meet the Wonderbag, an eco-cooking idea that is changing lives and could help to change the planet. It’s staggeringly simple, and based on a...
WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Wonderbag

Ford teams up with Eaton, Whirlpool and SunPower to create MyEnergi Lifestyle, hopes to reduce everyone's CO2 footprint

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Trying to lower your utility bill? Maybe it's time you talked to a motor company -- Ford is on the warpath to reduce energy consumption. In a collaborative effort with SunPower Eaton and Whirlpool Ford is trying to show the world how it can drastically lower its electricity bills...
Ford teams up with Eaton, Whirlpool and SunPower to create MyEnergi Lifestyle, hopes to reduce everyone's CO2 footprint

Solar power brings electricity to the homes of India's poor

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Entrepreneurs and not-for-profit organisations explore affordable ways to bring renewable energy to allIn the middle of the dense woodland near Sullia, a small town in southern India, there is one form of lighting for the poor and another for the rich: for the former, lamps burning kerosene, which has to...
Solar power brings electricity to the homes of India's poor

Powerit Solutions heats up with new cash, helps factories reduce energy costs

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Kevin Klustner Powerit Solutions, a 10-year-old Seattle company that helps large industrial customers reduce energy savings by as much as 33 percent, has raised $3 million in fresh funding. Led by former Verdiem CEO Kevin Klustner, the company plans use the new cash to enhance product development and boost sales...
Powerit Solutions heats up with new cash, helps factories reduce energy costs
Smart grid startup Enlighted lights up with $20M in new funds

South Korea Begins Testing “Recharging Roads”

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The University of California a while back invented recharging roads, a technology that allows vehicles to suck up energy from the ground. Now South Korea has adopted the technology and they are currently testing it at a Seoul amusement park. The technology, known as the Online Electric Vehicle System...
South Korea Begins Testing “Recharging Roads”

What is combined heat & power & why does Obama like it?

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President Obama signed an executive order on Thursday that seeks to boost the energy efficiency of the industrial sector by implementing a technology called combined heat and power or (CHP). Great, so WTH is CHP? Combined heat and power or cogeneration is the simultaneous creation of both electricity and heat from...
What is combined heat & power & why does Obama like it?

An Early Look At Facebook's Data Center In The Frozen North Of Sweden

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Last year, Facebook announced plans to build its second data center in the north of Sweden. The cold air means that Facebook won't have to spend as much money on cooling, which reduces overall energy costs -- by far the biggest expense in running a data center. Yesterday, the...
An Early Look At Facebook's Data Center In The Frozen North Of Sweden

Bitcoin energy costs soaring

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Bitcoin miners use enough electricity in one day to power 31,000 US homes, says a report....
Bitcoin energy costs soaring
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