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Smart meters: Smart, but not the same as a smart grid | Midwest Energy News

Smart meters: Smart, but not the same as a smart grid | Midwest Energy News | Paragon Group Energy Sector | Scoop.it

There’s been much buzz about the potential of “smart grid” projects wherein people’s homes and businesses are outfitted with meters that let them know the price of or demand for electricity at any given time of day.

 

But some energy experts say a disproportionate amount of attention and resources have been given to such “advanced metering initiatives” (AMI) and argue that the term “smart grid” is a misnomer for such systems.

 

That’s because to reduce energy demand and improve efficiency, advanced meters still depend on consumer behavior and decisions.

 

These experts say that a more viable way to improve the grid’s efficiency, reduce energy demand and facilitate renewable energy is to actually make the grid itself smarter, by investing in grid-based technology including sensors, routers, switches and storage systems that allow the grid to automatically adjust or redirect electricity flows in real time and to keep voltage levels stable, without human intervention.

 

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Social Media Stats That Will Make You Go Wow [Infographic]

Social Media Stats That Will Make You Go Wow [Infographic] | Paragon Group Energy Sector | Scoop.it
Here are 10 social media stats that might make you go wow. Use these statistics in order to get better at networking and to broaden your following online.
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Top tips for YOUR next job interview!

Top tips for YOUR next job interview! | Paragon Group Energy Sector | Scoop.it

Top tips for YOUR next job interview!RediffAlthough it looks extremely flattering and easy to lie, you must avoid lying in a job interview. Give honest and truthful replies even if they are embarrassing.


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Jobvite Social Recruiting Survey Finds Over 90% of Employers Will Use Social Recruiting in 2012

Jobvite Social Recruiting Survey Finds Over 90% of Employers Will Use Social Recruiting in 2012 | Paragon Group Energy Sector | Scoop.it
BURLINGAME, CA, Jul 09, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Jobvite, the leading recruitment platform for the social Web, today announced the results of its annual Social Recruiting Survey.

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Renewable energy job market continues growing - The Desert Sun

Renewable energy job market continues growing - The Desert Sun | Paragon Group Energy Sector | Scoop.it
Renewable energy job market continues growingThe Desert SunAs the green industry continues to grow and evolve, experts say it means not only more construction, installation and maintenance jobs, but also expanding career opportunities that require...

 


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4 Ways to Keep Employees Motivated and Engaged

4 Ways to Keep Employees Motivated and Engaged | Paragon Group Energy Sector | Scoop.it

Business owners always have high expectations of new employees, and many new employees hit the ground running, only to fizzle out a little further down the track.

 

Often, it is a remarkable drop in motivation that leads to this fizzling out of someone who on the face of it appeared to be a good recruit, and business owners need to identify how to keep new employees motivated, until they become valuable members of the team.

 

This excellent article, likens this fizzling out to many behaviours that occur outside of the wiorkplace, and it suggests four ways to keep new employees motivated and engaged in their roles.


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Smart Grid: Smart grid platform wars: Cisco raises the stakes with developer network

Smart Grid: Smart grid platform wars: Cisco raises the stakes with developer network | Paragon Group Energy Sector | Scoop.it
Smart Grid - Last spring we reported that Cisco was doubling down on the smart grid.

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Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News: Energy Report: U.S. Wind Energy Production and Manufacturing Surges, Supporting Jobs and Diversifying U.S. Energy Economy

The Energy Department released a new report on August 14, 2012 highlighting strong growth in the U.S. wind energy market in 2011, increasing the U.S. share of clean energy and supporting tens of thousands of jobs, and underscoring the importance of continued policy support and clean energy tax credits to ensure that the manufacturing and jobs associated with this booming global industry remain in America According to the 2011 Wind Technologies Market Report, the United States remained one of the world’s largest and fastest growing wind markets in 2011, with wind power representing a remarkable 32 percent of all new electric capacity additions in the United States last year and accounting for $14 billion in new investment. According the report, the percentage of wind equipment made in America also increased dramatically. Nearly seventy percent of the equipment installed at U.S. wind farms last year – including wind turbines and components like towers, blades, gears, and generators - is now from domestic manufacturers, doubling from 35 percent in 2005. President Obama has made clear that clean, renewable wind energy is a critical part of an all-of-the-above energy strategy that aims to develop more secure, domestic energy sources, while strengthening American manufacturing.


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Recruiting & Hiring on Twitter, Facebook, & LinkedIn by Country

Recruiting & Hiring on Twitter, Facebook, & LinkedIn by Country | Paragon Group Energy Sector | Scoop.it
share As we enter a more globalized economy, managers and their scope of responsibility has also grown.  And increasingly, manager’s are responsible for employees in more than one country than where they in fact live.

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Huntersville, NC cable plant plugs into renewable energy | Charlotte Observer

Huntersville, NC cable plant plugs into renewable energy | Charlotte Observer | Paragon Group Energy Sector | Scoop.it

For all the energy industry’s technical chops, nothing beats gravity in making high-voltage cable – which explains the 430-foot tower that’s a looming new landmark in Huntersville.

The Swiss company ABB officially opened its $90 million plant Wednesday. The cable it will make is designed to be buried underground, suitable for transmitting power from wind and solar farms or upgrading aging transmission lines.


“It is one very effective and reliable way to connect renewables to the grid, especially when wind farms are distant from population centers,” said Enrique Santacana, ABB’s Cary-based president and CEO for North America.


ABB’s cables are up to 6 inches in diameter and can be used to transmit electricity as alternating current, the form that comes from a household outlet, or the direct current that comes from a wind turbine or photovoltaic cell.

 

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