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Smart Metering of Energy and Water

Categories: Energy,Great Britain,Science/Technology

The British government plans to distribute smart meters for electricity and gas to all households in Britain by the end of 2020.  This note examines the potential benefits and risks associated with smart metering of both water and energy and the challenges for the roll-out.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


National Transportation Statistics

Categories: Energy,Environment,Statistics,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

Latest quarterly update to the database.   Features 44 updated tables in the set of more than 260 tables.  From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics


The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014


Examines the latest progress toward achieving the MDGs as the 2015 deadline nears.  From the United Nations


Pathways to Deep Decarbonization: Interim 2014 Report

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,United Nations

The interim report describes an approach to decarbonization at the individual country level and presents findings on technically feasible ways to cut carbon emissions in industrialized countries by 2050.  Final report to be released in connection with September 2014 summit.  From the United Nations


Physical Security of the U.S. Power Grid: High-Voltage Transformer Substations

Categories: Energy,Homeland Security,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

Describes the importance of high voltage transformer units to the U.S. power grid and legislative proposals that would expand efforts to strengthen federal authority over grid security.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


The Energy Boom and Manufacturing in the United States

Categories: Business/Economics,Energy,Manufacturing,Prices/Inflation

Examines the response of U.S. manufacturers to changes in competitiveness due to natural gas prices. Finds the drop in natural gas prices since 2006 accounts for a 2% to 3% increase in manufacturing activity.  From the Federal Reserve


The Renewable Fuel Standard: Issues for 2014 and Beyond

Categories: Energy,Environment,Food/Nutrition,Prices/Inflation,Transportation

The Renewable Fuel Standard establishes minimum volumes of various types of renewable fuels that must be included in U.S. supplies of fuel for transportation.  This report analyzes how the rising amounts of renewable fuels required by the law would affect food and fuel prices and GHG emissions in 3 different 2017 scenarios.  From the Congressional Budget Office


FAA Approves First Commercial UAS Flights Over Land

Categories: Energy,Science/Technology,Transportation

Press release on federal approval for unmanned aircraft systems flights for aerial surveys in Alaska by energy corporation BP and unmanned aircraft systems manufacturer AeroVironment.  From the Federal Aviation Administration


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