Sustainability and the Telecoms Industry

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At least two big IT names, IBM and Cisco, will be headlining a trial by Dutch utility, Nuon, to put in a smart grid for 500 homes in Amsterdam. As part of the trial, 500 households in Amsterdam will get smart meters and home energy management solutions to optimise their energy usage. The pilot is being implemented by a consortium of organisations, including housing corporations Far West and Ymere, Amsterdamse Innovatie Motor, Home Automation Europe, ROC Amsterdam, the University of Amsterdam and Grid Operator Liander. The pilot, a part of the Amsterdam Smart City initiative, is co-funded by the European Fund for Regional Development. “Now that more than half of the global population lives in cities, we need to acknowledge that achieving a sustainable future lies in our urban centers,” said Guido Bartels, General Manager of IBM’s Global Energy & Utilities industry. “... (more)

How cloud computing will change the nature of information

Market researchers, Research and Markets, has published the Worldwide Cloud Computing Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, 2009-2015, a 609-page report that is available for US$3,400, according to which the cloud computing market will reach a whooping US$160.2 billion by 2015, from a base of US$36 billion in 2008. From the press release, the company doesn't exactly explain why the market will expand so rapidly over the next five years, nor define what exactly the cloud computing market segment encompasses (hardware? software? IaaS? PaaS? SaaS?). According to the research f... (more)

Mobile Comms Can Save €43bn in Energy Bills Per Year - Vodafone

A new report released by Vodafone and Accenture says that the use of mobile communications can reduce the annual energy bill for Europe by a €43 billion, equivalent to an annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by at least 113 Mt CO2e (metric ton carbon dioxide equivalents) by 2020. The figure equals about 2.4% of the CO2 emissions for the whole of the EU, or eliminating close to one-fifth of the UK’s emissions. Obviously, there’s a catch. Vodafone says that the only way to achieve those goals is for the industry and governments to collaborate. The report, titled Carbon Con... (more)

The First Smart Grid Controversy?

Like any new technology, the emergence of smart grids has not managed to avoid some kind of controversy. There doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with the technology per se, but all the benefits of a smart grid and smart meter deployment is enabling a new set of business models (read charging models) that not everyone is happy about. According to this article in the Boston Globe and nicely summarized in this blog post by EcoEquilibrium, one US utility’s proposed pricing plan is hitting some raw nerves with both users and commentators. On paper, the suggested pricing plan sounds ex... (more)

Dell Goes Energy Star 5.0, Unveils Energy Saving Calculator

Dell has unveiled what it calls the broadest line of US EPA Energy Star 5.0-compliant desktops, workstations and portables. According to the company, select configurations of Dell OptiPlex, Dell Precision and Latitude are now Energy Star 5.0 compliant. Almost all of the desktops, workstation and portable products designed by the company today consume less than five watts in a low-power mode, which actually exceeds levels currently set by the EPA for energy efficiency, Dell said. “We are driving energy efficiency across all of our hardware platforms and our compliance with Energ... (more)