utilities

California's Revolt Against Smart Electric Meters

Despite promises of environmental benefits and lower costs to consumers, smart meters are running into stiff resistance in some areas where you'd least expect it. Among the concerns: More electromagnetic radiation and loss of privacy.

Industrial Surveys Show Economic Recovery Slowing

One nation industrial and two regional surveys released this week provided further evidence that the U.S. economic recovery weakened somewhat in the second quarter, as manufacturing growth slowed.

California Freezes Popular Solar Incentives

Just a few days before an expected 20,000 solar devotees gathered in San Francisco for Intersolar, a large industry conference and expo, California regulators suspended its popular solar incentive for large projects, as well as government and nonprofit projects, while it rejiggers part of its program.

May Industrial Production Makes Strong Gains

The nation%u2019s industrial sector remains definitively in recovery mode, with production rising 1.2% in May -- its 10th increase in the last 11 months. Among the highlights of the across-the-board monthly gains: Vehicle manufacturing rose 10% and utilities output jumped 4.8.

More Solar Power to Heat Up New York's Economy?

New York lawmakers are considering legislation to boost the state's solar power generation to 2.5% of overall electricity sales by 2025. This is part of a nationwide renewable energy trend driven by the new jobs and other economic benefits the switch will likely bring.

Smart Money Bets on the Smart Grid

The emphasis in alternative energy used to be on finding better ways to generate power. Now, it's on finding better ways to conserve energy and make the power grid more efficient. The so-called "smart grid" is key to that goal, and fortunes will be spent -- and made -- on making it a reality.

Stealing electricity is on the rise

Several weeks ago in the town of Derby, New York, an electrician was caught stealing electricity for his home, apparently rigging it so that the...

Today is Vampire Power Awareness Day

Playing on the Halloween theme, Best Buy has declared today Vampire Awareness Day to draw attention to "vampire power", the electricity squandered by...

Free software that works: Wordweb

I use a lot of software, some of which costs a lot of money, yet doesn't work they way I wish. (Yes, I'm dissing you, Microsoft). I'm delighted when...