### 6 things you should know about the market for big batteries

How do you build a big market for batteries and other forms of energy storage? Here's a look at the key challenges.…

### A startup’s bid to boost smart grid security

A smart grid needs a good defense against cybersecurity breaches. N-Dimension, which recently raised an A round, says it's got the software to protect a utility's operation to fend off data thefts and other attacks.…

### 3 things that are holding back grid energy storage

There are only a little over 500 deployed energy storage projects in the world, according to Pike Research. So what's the hold up? Here's three hurdles facing energy storage grid projects.…

### How much energy does it take to power those iPads?

The growing number of devices in our daily lives means that we are consuming more and more electricity. This is something that worries lots of people, including me. A new study from a Palo Alto-based not-for-profit group takes a look at thte iPad's energy consumption habits.…

### What utilities should know about electric cars

Utilities know by now that they need to adopt steps manage electricity supply and demand if electric cars become popular. The trick is to figure out what to do. The Electric Power Research Institute released a report on Tuesday that addresses the utility concerns.…

### Can Solar & Smart Grid Speak the Same Language?

Can solar power inverters talk to the smart grid, to help make them a benefit rather than a burden to utilities? Here's a new standard that could help solar and smart grid get along.…

### Playing Translator Between Solar & Utilities

Intermittent solar power systems could cause lots of grid instability, unless utilities can communicate with them in some kind of common language using a set of common commands. Here's a list of those top commands, and how they may emerge as industry standards.…

### The Race Is (Still) On: ZigBee vs. WiFi for Smart Energy Homes

In the race between the wireless standards ZigBee and WiFi to network energy-smart homes, ZigBee is so far the clear winner. But that doesn’t mean ZigBee has proven its superiority to Wi-Fi.…

### EPRI’s Erfan Ibrahim: 5 Myths About the Smart Grid Buildout

Panel discussions at technology conferences are often pretty dry affairs, but smart grid expert Erfan Ibrahim of the influential group Electric Power…

### Ford Aims to Connect Its Plug-In Cars with Smart Meters by 2015

Just two months ago, Ford Motor (s F) launched a trial of a software system meant to enable communication between its plug-in…

### Earth2Tech's Top 15 Smart Grid Influencers

By some accounts, the build-out of the smart grid could be the biggest driver of wealth within the decade and create an…

### EPRI Report: Crucial Steps for Smart Grid Standards

“The electricity grid can only get so smart without a framework for interoperability,” explains the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) on the…

### Telecom Infrastructure Targeted During Middle East Conflict

Israel’s strikes into Gaza continue apace, and news stories are pointing out that the conflict is being fought online as well —…

### Can Fossil Fuels Get Better With Solar Thermal?

Electric Power Research Institute is heading up research that will examine whether taking steam from solar thermal projects and adding them to conventional fossil fuel power plants can help reduce fuel costs and plant emissions.…

### Open Thread: Web Worker Success Stories

Sometimes it’s all too easy to feel isolated as a web worker. If you’re in an office and do something great for…

### GM Partners with Utilities on Plug-In Vehicles

General Motors says in an effort to prepare the market for its electric vehicle the Volt and the plug-in version of the…

### Spy shots show OS X without the ‘Mac’; could clones return?

No run-up to Macworld Expo or WWDC is complete without the spy shots of the banners inside San Francisco’s  Moscone Center, and…

### How To How-To With Wichita’s Ross Vorhees

I’m the first to come clean about my biases, and a tip that landed in the NewTeeVee inbox was like a perfect…