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Google helps analyze if rooftop solar panels are good deal

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The service expanded in December to analyze properties in the Raleigh area, as well as 15 other metro areas in Arizona, Nevada, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Colorado.
Categories: Electricity, Solar
A wind farm in West Texas, outside of Roby. (Photo courtesy Rational Middle Media)

Dallas jumps Houston as top green power government

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The EPA on Monday said the City of Dallas is now the largest local government user of green power in the nation, taking the top spot away from the City of Houston, which still ranks second above the District of Columbia, Montgomery County in Maryland, and the City of Austin — giving Texas municipal governments three of the top five spots nationally.
A wind farm in West Texas, outside of Roby. (Photo courtesy Rational Middle Media)

EDF building new Texas wind farm for Procter & Gamble

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Procter & Gamble made the announcement of the Tyler Bluff Wind Project on Monday at the White House as part of the company signing the “American Business Act on Climate Pledge” to achieve 30 percent renewable energy power to its plants globally by 2020. The wind farm will be built near Muenster in Cooke County by the end of 2016.
Some of the cars Google uses in its street view project now are equipped to sense natural gas leaks. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Google-gas: mapping cars search for pipeline leaks

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Environmentalists have teamed up with Google to shine a spotlight on natural gas leaking from pipes buried under city streets in Boston, Indianapolis and Staten Island.
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Update on the Digital Tallybook project (video)

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Eventually I would like to create what I call a “closed loop” solution, whereby things like job procedures are stored in the cloud, an engineer can download those to and modify them on a tablet, and beam them to a wearable device.
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Google planning energy push with technology for power companies

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Google, a big consumer of electricity for the computer servers that power its services, is looking at ways to transform the century-old utility industry, which has been struggling to adapt to changing demands for power management and production.
A customer checks a Nest Labs Inc. digital thermostat on display at a Home Depot Inc. store in Emeryville, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. Google Inc., after struggling to catch Apple Inc. in consumer gadgets, is buying Nest Labs Inc., the digital thermostat maker for $3.2 billion in cash. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

Reliant hopes you’ll give up some control of the thermostat

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Retail power provider Reliant is posing an intriguing question to customers: For a fee, would you be willing to give up some control of your thermostat?
Google co-founder Sergey Brin gestures after riding in a driverless car with officials, to a bill signing for driverless cars at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Google engineers say they have turned a corner in their pursuit of creating a car that can drive itself. Test cars have been able to navigate freeways comfortably for a few years. On Monday, April 28, 2014, Google said the cars can now negotiate thousands of urban situations that would have stumped them a year or two ago.  (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Google: Driverless cars are mastering city streets

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Google says it has turned a corner in its pursuit of a car that can drive itself.
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Tech titans graded in green energy friendliness

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Apple and Facebook won near-perfect grades in a new rating of tech giants’ clean energy friendliness, while Twitter and Amazon failed on almost every measure.
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3 month update for my “One Year Challenge”

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It’s hard to believe that we’re already nearly 25% done with 2014; pretty soon they’ll have the Christmas decorations out…kidding (but probably not…)! As they say, time flies when you’re busy or having fun, and I’ve been both:  very involved at work, and having fun pursuing my “One Year Challenge”. For those of you who […]