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Month: April 2011

Zero Carbon City – Will It Work?

Zero Carbon City – Will It Work?

A zero carbon city, the future home of the International Renewable Energy Agency, is rising from the desert outside Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.  The first tenants of Masdar City have moved into this experiment community which aims to replace the UAE’s main source of energy – oil – with it’s equally abundant renewable resource  - solar power.   Students and staff at the Masdar Institute, a partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Read more [...]
NEMA’s Smart Grid testing scheme has been unveiled. What does that mean for you?

NEMA’s Smart Grid testing scheme has been unveiled. What does that mean for you?

This month, NEMA unveiled its Smart Grid Testing Scheme at the World Meter Design Congress. The testing scheme, the Smart Grid Interoperable & Conformant (SGIC), is designed to help manufacturers, utility companies, and test laboratories identify points of interoperability in Smart Grid standards, and design test specifications that make sense to all parties. The NEMA program was developed to conform to a set of interoperability guidelines put out by the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), Read more [...]
Have you checked your smoke detectors lately? They save lives you know…

Have you checked your smoke detectors lately? They save lives you know…

We all (hopefully) have more than one smoke detector in our home, but when was the last time we tested them? I remember growing up in a home where my mother tested our smoke detectors monthly, either by pressing the “test” button or by burning dinner. In addition, we practiced an evacuation plan in the event our home ever caught fire. I actually enjoyed this fire drill because crawling out of my first-floor bedroom window was exhilarating! With May only a few days away, I’d like Read more [...]