France has started a six-month experiment with paying people to cycle to work, joining other European governments in trying to boost bicycle use to boost people's health, reduce air pollution and cut fossil fuel consumption.
[...] unlike a dieter who regularly steps on a bathroom scale, water consumers can't track the gallons as they flow down the drain. San Francisco, though, is aiming to change that, becoming one of the first major cities to roll out technology that allows water customers to track their use, and how much they conserve, in real time. The online access, launched quietly Wednesday, is part of a $56 million program that has put new meters in nearly 180,000 homes and businesses, and it is expected to help residents achieve the city's voluntary conservation goal of 10 percent - a target the city has struggled to hit. The new meters in San Francisco track water consumption hourly and beam the data via wireless transmitter to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission headquarters downtown four times a day. The agency, which provides water not only to city residents but also to utility districts on the Peninsula, asked customers in January to scale back water use by 10 percent under projections that the commission made before the drought worsened. Many of these communities never had meters, so when state law recently required them to begin tracking customer water use, the new smart meters were an obvious way to go.
The Obama administration is set Monday to announce a rule to limit carbon emissions in thousands of fossil-fuel burning plants across the country, a cornerstone of President Obama’s climate-change agenda and his first-term promise to reduce such emissions by 17 percent by 2012.
SYS-CON Media (press release) Silver Spring Networks Closes Acquisition of Streetlight.Vision SYS-CON Media (press release) It's exciting to see Smart City innovation that was first developed right here in Paris now helping increase sustainability,...
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Silver Spring Networks acquires the Paris-based company Streetlight.vision, a pioneer of control and management software for smart street light networks, that will host a new European R&D and Software Engineering Center for Silver Spring Networks.
A federal regulator’s plan to pay smart-grid companies including Comverge Inc. and consumers such as Alcoa Inc. for using less electricity was struck down today by a U.S. appeals court, handing a victory to utilities that argued the system would discourage power-plant investment.
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When energy conservation conflicts with energy generators' interests
SÃO PAULO, Brazil — José Uilton has seen a lot of things change along Luís Carlos Berrini Avenue since he took over a bar here 17 years ago. Most of the squatter settlements, known in Brazil as favelas, have been cleared out. Meanwhile, luxury high rises have gone up, making this one of the most expensive areas in São Paulo.
Local and nationally recruited entrepreneurs will be brought in to develop technology to make smart city developments work in downtown Kansas City. The Cisco program’s framework involves the addition of various tech-based improvements to the city, like interactive, computerized kiosks, high definition security cameras and energy-efficient street lights.
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