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Texas Advanced Meter Opt Out

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Should any Texan choose to opt out of a smart meter, the Transmission and Distribution Utility will collect the fee, not the supplier.  This was decided in a July 3rd open meeting for the Public Utility Commission. Here’s the full story from Energy Choice Matters. While the Public Utility Commission hasn’t defined the fee yet; […]

5 of the wackiest electrical appliances for your small but awesome New York apartment!

Dyson Fans

You work all the time, your apartment is small, you pay a bucket load of money in rent and you cannot afford to buy your own place. But it’s OK. It’s in the Upper East Side, Greenwich Village, Brooklyn heights or Harlem. You live in New York for heaven’s sake. Why don’t you stock up […]

GravityLight: A New Form of Lighting

Uses no batteries, is powered by gravity and even the bag it comes in is part of the sustainability focused design of the GravityLight. So happy to see that this project passed it’s indiegogo funding goal http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gravitylight-lighting-for-developing-countries

Inside the P2S Skunk Works: Project Pinky

Pinky and the Brain

From Wikipedia: “the designation ‘skunk works’, or ‘skunkworks’, is widely used in business, engineering, and technical fields to describe a group within an organization given a high degree of autonomy and unhampered by bureaucracy, tasked with working on advanced or secret projects.” The Power2Switch skunk works lives up to this name and its ideals. The […]

Your Restaurant in Brooklyn: Math! Darn Math! And Statistics!

battery bank

We’re back again to your restaurant in Brooklyn once again. Let’s review what has occurred so far.  In week 1, you opened the restaurant only to discover that it had no electricity.  In week 2, you corrected the problem by installing a diesel generator.  In week 3, you starting seeing the downsides of having a […]

Your Restaurant in Brooklyn: Into the depths of the Micro-grid

sunnyisland

We’re back again to your restaurant in Brooklyn once again. Let’s review what has occurred so far.  In week 1, you opened the restaurant only to discover that it had no electricity.  In week 2, you corrected the problem by installing a diesel generator.  In week 3, you starting seeing the downsides of having a […]

Microgrids: Providing Your Wind Power through Design

revolver

The concept of microgrids is starting to pick up and we even have a blog post to share some exciting work that a member of the team is involved in along these lines. But first, what are microgrids? Microgrids are small-scale versions of the centralized electricity system. Our view of the future of the industry […]

The Electricity Bill: the Missed Opportunity for Consumer Education

electric bill redesign

Some mind-blowing data for you: -       ~150M electricity bills are generated for US consumers monthly -       This equates to $372B in revenue to retail electricity suppliers And based on our continuous interactions with our customers: -       96% consider the electricity bill as confusing or very confusing So we chose to do what any company that […]

What to do when the lights don’t work? – a Participatory Design

generator

Imagine you run a small business, but this time let’s imagine you’re running a small restaurant. Pick your favorite fast casual restaurant – Panera, Chipotle, Cosi, etc – and we’ll be on the same page. You’re lining everything up for your grand opening. You’ve got the restaurant built just how you want it, tables all […]