### Silver Spring targets Asia’s smart grids with Singapore deal

Silver Spring Networks has scored a deal with a Singapore utility as its first win in Asia. The company hopes other utilities in Asia will follow, given the region is supposed to have significant growth coming.…

### 3 hurdles for Japan’s gas “discovery”

Dreaming and doing are far apart. Here's three potential problems -- from environmental containment to economics to infrastructure -- for mining natural gas from the sea in Japan.…

### 3 lessons from the Blackout Bowl

There's at least three lessons we can learn about the future of grid architecture, and next-gen lighting from the Superbowl blackout.…

### Building integrated solar panels set to boom over the next 5 years

Solar panels that can be integrated right into roofs and walls could provide a bright spot in a difficult solar market over the next five years, according to a new report from Pike Research.…

### 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.…

### Power giant ABB to acquire wireless mesh firm Tropos

Swiss power giant ABB plans to acquire wireless mesh networking company Tropos Networks, the companies announced on Friday.…

### 10 trends for smarter buildings

Pike Research predicts that the market for building energy management systems will grow from $1.9 billion in 2011 to$6 billion in 2020 and there will be 10 trends that shape this growing market over the next decade,…

### Smart meter installations to decline in U.S. over next 2 years

Smart meters eventually will be ubiquitous globally over the next few decades, but, interestingly enough, installations of smart meters in the U.S. will actually sharply decline over the next two years, before they pick back up, according to Pike Research.…

### The importance of water management to the smart city

In the emerging vision for the smart city of tomorrow, we often hear about next gen smart grids, smarter buildings and smart transportation systems. But we hear much less about smart water systems and the need to develop more efficient approaches to water as a resource.…

### Vehicle-to-grid tech to connect only 100K cars by 2017

One day, electric car batteries will be used as energy storage for the grid. But that day will be pretty far in the future. According to a report from Pike Research, only about 100,000 electric cars will have this so-called vehicle-to-grid, or V2G, capability by 2017.…

### How clean is your cloud, really?

Clean is as clean does when it comes to cloud computing and green data centers. Much has been said about how cloud computing boosts energy efficiency as data centers move off old tech and into the cloud. But there's more to being green than energy use.…

### Cloud Computing Energy Efficiency: A Good Debate to Have

Pike Research digs into some of the complexities of its Cloud Computing Energy Efficiency report in a bit more detail.…

### Cloud Computing Will Save Energy? Not So Simple

The analysts at Pike Research came out with a report this morning that claims that the adoption of cloud computing will lead to a 38 percent reduction in worldwide data center energy use by 2020. I'd like to respectfully disagree with such a simplistic finding.…

### Despite Hurdles, Smart Meters Still Ramping Up Fast

Despite some setbacks, the U.S. smart meter push is continuing at a stimulus-fueled pace. Pike Research reported Monday that more than 90 U.S. utilities have 57.9 million smart meters planned and on the way.That's 7.9 million more than eMeter counted up.…

### Smart Appliances: Slow Growth, Big Influence

Smart appliances are still years away from mass adoption, but they’re going to have a bigger influence on how the smart grid and the energy-smart home get connected, according to Pike Research.…

### Not Good for the Plug-In Market: Neil Young’s LincVolt Fire

Just what the nascent plug-in vehicle market needs: A rockstar's plug-in car catches on fire. Neil Young's famous LincVolt plug-in car -- a 1959 Lincoln Continental converted to electric -- caught on fire after what looks to be an untested bit of the charging infrastructure sparked.…