Technology, like an athlete, is only as strong and as effective as its most glaring weakness. Or so the saying might go for the Obama administration.
Tapping the Internet as the vehicle for improving the lives of young Americans—aiding education and making the nation more competitive—the President has targeted a sizable chunk of stimulus dollars toward achieving universal broadband access. READ MORE
If Americans were ever to develop a case of information overload, now would certainly be the time. However, according to the data, there isn’t any sign of that happening soon.
A University of California, San Diego, study released in December 2009 reports that Americans consumed information for about 1.3 trillion hours in 2008. That comes to about 12 hours a day. READ MORE
While giant steps are being taken on the national stage to upgrade the nation’s electricity transmission system and migrate to renewable power, smaller but no less important projects are underway on the local and regional level to help complete the transformation.
Case in point: Eastern Maine. READ MORE
While worldwide reactions were tepid at best to the December 2009 United Nations Climate Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, and specifically about to the inability of political leaders attending the event to tackle climate change, more optimistic news emerged from the conference on at least one front: the future of solar power. READ MORE
In a classic case of the tail wagging the dog, upgrades to the nation’s electrical grid may be finally catching up to the technologies it has served. Widely available electricity has been the foundation for countless innovations in telecommunications in the modern age. However, the system for delivering that power is antiquated. READ MORE
Drivers in snow-covered states are getting a double dose of pain this winter as the bulk of the nation struggles with bitter cold weather.
Every technology has a downside, and in this case, it’s the lack of heat emitted by light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which were installed in thousands of stoplights across the county to help usher in a new era of energy efficiency. READ MORE
There is nothing more effective or efficient than a collective response. Recognizing the power of a united effort, 11 Michigan utility companies have joined together to offer an energy-efficiency assistance program to their respective rate payers. READ MORE
For the development of offshore wind power, the road to market competitiveness and wholesale production of electrical power has been paved with controversy. But the resource potential remains vast. READ MORE
The Smart Grid is one of those intangible concepts now a fixture in national energy vernacular. A project that broke ground in November 2009 in New York state will offer the smart grid there a real-life boost and, in terms of the concept, something tangible and much more easily defined. READ MORE