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General Electric Ecomagination Seeks Project Ideas for Smart Grid

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2010. General Electric is seeking project ideas for renewable energy, electric grid efficiency, and ecobuilding technologies through its Ecomagination Challenge.

There is over $200 million invested in this innovation experiment, where people can try to get their ideas for building the next-generation power grid funded. GE works with venture capital firms to get the most promising ideas resources and funding.

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WASHINGTON, July 16, 2010. General Electric is seeking project ideas for renewable energy, electric grid efficiency, and ecobuilding technologies through its Ecomagination Challenge.

There is over $200 million invested in this innovation experiment, where people can try to get their ideas for building the next-generation power grid funded. GE works with venture capital firms to get the most promising ideas resources and funding.

There are three types of categories that applications can submit project ideas to. The first is “Challenge 1: Create – Renewable Energy.” In this category, GE asks for submissions for technologies and processes that will maximize renewable energy sources’ penetration to the electrical grid. GE wants to augment its own technologies with new ones, so it can provide utilities with better information about their energy production, transmission, and consumption and better protect their equipment.

The second category is “Challenge 2: Connect – Grid Efficiency.” According to Ecomagination Challenge, the United States should have the most efficient electrical grid in the world. However, they claim that the US wastes energy at every point of the day. GE wants to create a more efficient grid that also connects with consumers. They are looking for submissions that anticipate and monitor the demand for energy and reduces the need for investing in infrastructure. This protects consumers from rate increases and keeps them from paying for unused energy.

The third call for submissions is “Challenge 3: Use – Ecohomes / Ecobuildings.” In this category, GE seeks technologies that will help power utilities and consumers to better manage their energy use. Since energy consumption is increasing so rapidly, the energy production is lagging, creating a mismatch between supply and demand. This leads to higher energy costs that GE would like to avoid. They mention several in-home technologies that will help better manage energy usage, including smart meters, home area networks, time-of-use pricing, and plug-in facilities for electric cars.

Editor’s Note: Don’t miss the Broadband Breakfast Club event, “The Smart Grid, Telecommunications, and the Electric Infrastructure,” on Tuesday, July 20, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at Clyde’s of Gallery Place. Registration is available at http://broadbandbreakfast.eventbrite.com.

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White House Launches ‘Smart City’ Initiative That Links Broadband Connectivity to Urban Solutions

WASHINGTON, September 16, 2015 – A movement to make cities “smart” by using the power of broadband and information technology processing power is reaching critical mass, with the White House on Monday announcing a comprehensive initiative to support municipal efforts.

Coinciding with the Smart Cities Week conference here this week, the White House released a 4,000-word summary of more than $160 million in federal research investments, leveraging more than 25 technology collaborations with local communities.

The goal of these efforts? Tackling such key challenges, in the words of the White House, as “reducing traffic congestion, fighting crime, fostering economic growth, managing the effects of a changing climate, and improving the delivery of city services.”

“Advances in science and technology have the potential to accelerate these efforts,” read the White House statement. “An emerging community of civic leaders, data scientists, technologists, and companies are joining forces to build ‘Smart Cities’ – communities that are building an infrastructure to continuously improve the collection, aggregation, and use of data to improve the life of their residents – by harnessing the growing data revolution, low-cost sensors, and research collaborations, and doing so securely to protect safety and privacy.”

The launch of White House Smart Cities Initiative

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WASHINGTON, July 16, 2010. General Electric is seeking project ideas for renewable energy, electric grid efficiency, and ecobuilding technologies through its Ecomagination Challenge.

There is over $200 million invested in this innovation experiment, where people can try to get their ideas for building the next-generation power grid funded. GE works with venture capital firms to get the most promising ideas resources and funding.

There are three types of categories that applications can submit project ideas to. The first is “Challenge 1: Create – Renewable Energy.” In this category, GE asks for submissions for technologies and processes that will maximize renewable energy sources’ penetration to the electrical grid. GE wants to augment its own technologies with new ones, so it can provide utilities with better information about their energy production, transmission, and consumption and better protect their equipment.

The second category is “Challenge 2: Connect – Grid Efficiency.” According to Ecomagination Challenge, the United States should have the most efficient electrical grid in the world. However, they claim that the US wastes energy at every point of the day. GE wants to create a more efficient grid that also connects with consumers. They are looking for submissions that anticipate and monitor the demand for energy and reduces the need for investing in infrastructure. This protects consumers from rate increases and keeps them from paying for unused energy.

The third call for submissions is “Challenge 3: Use – Ecohomes / Ecobuildings.” In this category, GE seeks technologies that will help power utilities and consumers to better manage their energy use. Since energy consumption is increasing so rapidly, the energy production is lagging, creating a mismatch between supply and demand. This leads to higher energy costs that GE would like to avoid. They mention several in-home technologies that will help better manage energy usage, including smart meters, home area networks, time-of-use pricing, and plug-in facilities for electric cars.

Editor’s Note: Don’t miss the Broadband Breakfast Club event, “The Smart Grid, Telecommunications, and the Electric Infrastructure,” on Tuesday, July 20, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at Clyde’s of Gallery Place. Registration is available at http://broadbandbreakfast.eventbrite.com.

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Global Cities Teams Challenges Next Round: Nov. 12-13, 2015

Editor’s Note: We’ve received this note from the Global Cities Teams Challenges of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and US Ignite. Read more about the these important challenges.

Save the Date – An Important Event Related to the Next Round of the Global Cities Teams Challenge: November 12-13, 2015

Municipal leaders and innovators will gather at the NIST Campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland on November 12-13 for an important event related to the next round of Global City Team Challenge (GCTC). An agenda for the November event and a summary of exciting changes that NIST and US Ignite have planned for the next round of the GCTC will be circulated soon.

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WASHINGTON, July 16, 2010. General Electric is seeking project ideas for renewable energy, electric grid efficiency, and ecobuilding technologies through its Ecomagination Challenge.

There is over $200 million invested in this innovation experiment, where people can try to get their ideas for building the next-generation power grid funded. GE works with venture capital firms to get the most promising ideas resources and funding.

There are three types of categories that applications can submit project ideas to. The first is “Challenge 1: Create – Renewable Energy.” In this category, GE asks for submissions for technologies and processes that will maximize renewable energy sources’ penetration to the electrical grid. GE wants to augment its own technologies with new ones, so it can provide utilities with better information about their energy production, transmission, and consumption and better protect their equipment.

The second category is “Challenge 2: Connect – Grid Efficiency.” According to Ecomagination Challenge, the United States should have the most efficient electrical grid in the world. However, they claim that the US wastes energy at every point of the day. GE wants to create a more efficient grid that also connects with consumers. They are looking for submissions that anticipate and monitor the demand for energy and reduces the need for investing in infrastructure. This protects consumers from rate increases and keeps them from paying for unused energy.

The third call for submissions is “Challenge 3: Use – Ecohomes / Ecobuildings.” In this category, GE seeks technologies that will help power utilities and consumers to better manage their energy use. Since energy consumption is increasing so rapidly, the energy production is lagging, creating a mismatch between supply and demand. This leads to higher energy costs that GE would like to avoid. They mention several in-home technologies that will help better manage energy usage, including smart meters, home area networks, time-of-use pricing, and plug-in facilities for electric cars.

Editor’s Note: Don’t miss the Broadband Breakfast Club event, “The Smart Grid, Telecommunications, and the Electric Infrastructure,” on Tuesday, July 20, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at Clyde’s of Gallery Place. Registration is available at http://broadbandbreakfast.eventbrite.com.

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Update on the Global City Teams Challenge and Recently Announced NSF Funding Opportunities

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WASHINGTON, July 16, 2010. General Electric is seeking project ideas for renewable energy, electric grid efficiency, and ecobuilding technologies through its Ecomagination Challenge.

There is over $200 million invested in this innovation experiment, where people can try to get their ideas for building the next-generation power grid funded. GE works with venture capital firms to get the most promising ideas resources and funding.

There are three types of categories that applications can submit project ideas to. The first is “Challenge 1: Create – Renewable Energy.” In this category, GE asks for submissions for technologies and processes that will maximize renewable energy sources’ penetration to the electrical grid. GE wants to augment its own technologies with new ones, so it can provide utilities with better information about their energy production, transmission, and consumption and better protect their equipment.

The second category is “Challenge 2: Connect – Grid Efficiency.” According to Ecomagination Challenge, the United States should have the most efficient electrical grid in the world. However, they claim that the US wastes energy at every point of the day. GE wants to create a more efficient grid that also connects with consumers. They are looking for submissions that anticipate and monitor the demand for energy and reduces the need for investing in infrastructure. This protects consumers from rate increases and keeps them from paying for unused energy.

The third call for submissions is “Challenge 3: Use – Ecohomes / Ecobuildings.” In this category, GE seeks technologies that will help power utilities and consumers to better manage their energy use. Since energy consumption is increasing so rapidly, the energy production is lagging, creating a mismatch between supply and demand. This leads to higher energy costs that GE would like to avoid. They mention several in-home technologies that will help better manage energy usage, including smart meters, home area networks, time-of-use pricing, and plug-in facilities for electric cars.

Editor’s Note: Don’t miss the Broadband Breakfast Club event, “The Smart Grid, Telecommunications, and the Electric Infrastructure,” on Tuesday, July 20, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at Clyde’s of Gallery Place. Registration is available at http://broadbandbreakfast.eventbrite.com.

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