Utility of the Future: Engineering Economic Systems

Utility 2.0: New policies needed for next-generation utility business models

On December 1, 2016, in Electricity & Natural Gas Markets, Environmental Policy, by Joe Nyangon
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A new publication, Utility 2.0: A Multi-Dimensional Review of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) and Great Britain’s RIIO Utility Business Models, examines the trends and developments in the electricity market that are placing tremendous pressure on utilities and triggering changes in how electricity is produced, transmitted, and consumed.

A technology enabled city with a smarter infrastructure

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How can a technology enabled city with a smarter infrastructure (water, energy and travel) provide services efficiently? In this video Chris Kohlmann from the City of Dubuque, Iowa discusses how IBM Research and Watson technology enabled a Smarter City program. The City of Dubuque partnered with IBM Research to carry out a smarter water project, smarter electric including electric meters and smarter travel.

Why the U.S. urgently needs to invest in a modern energy system

On December 27, 2015, in Utility of the Future: Engineering Economic Systems, by Joe Nyangon
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In a speech commemorating the thirty-fifth anniversary of the International Energy Agency (IEA) in 2009, former U.S. secretary of state, Henry Kissinger recalled how the energy crisis of 1970s awakened the world “to a new challenge that would require both creative thinking and international cooperation.” He explained that as “global demand continues to grow, investment […]

Obama’s budget proposals for clean energy and climate investments

On July 17, 2015, in Utility of the Future: Engineering Economic Systems, by Joe Nyangon
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President Obama has released a $4 trillion budget proposal for FY 2016. It contains a range of programs designed to encourage deployment of the next generation clean energy and energy efficiency technologies. Here are the top five things to know about the budget in terms of clean energy and environmental investments. 1. Clean Power State […]

Cities and the new climate economy

On February 24, 2015, in Project Investment, by Joe Nyangon
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To overcome market, policy and institutional barriers to low-carbon growth, cities should harness three fundamental drivers of change, notably raise resource efficiency, invest in infrastructure and stimulate innovation in new business models, technologies, business models and social-technical innovations and practices to advance both growth and emissions reduction.

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