IEEE Spectrum article on Green Energy

In November, IEEE Spectrum ran an article titled Biofuels Aren’t Really Green. The short version is that pushing an all-biofuel solution to our current energy problems is intractable. There’s simple not enough water or space on Earth to grow all the biomass necessary. Before you jump to the conclusion that this is just another “sky…

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Holiday Lights Low Concern For Northwest Power Producers

This morning, KPLU aired a piece on the power consumption of holiday lights. The BPA says that holiday lights count for less than 1/2 of 1% of energy consumed by BPA customers. That’s really not that much. But, we can do better. According to the folks over at ENERGY STAR, compliant lights use 75% less…

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Learning as a family trait

A few days ago a cousin of mine posted some pictures that I haven’t seen in years. They really got me thinking. The first one was a picture of my grandfather from around Christmas 1953 or so, they year “the twins” were born. The next was a picture of him in one of his many…

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World Standards Day

Yesterday was World Standards Day. Mark Ryland, one of the guys I work with on a regular basis, posted a great article yesterday talking about Microsoft’s position on standards and the smart grid. I sat in that same room (well there were several drab hotel rooms) and have to say, there’s a serious push to…

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Microsoft Smart Energy Reference Architecture

This crossed my desk today. These guys busted their butts to get this done and out. Congrats to the Utilities team.   Dear Power & Utilities Community: We released the Microsoft Smart Energy Reference Architecture (SERA) on Tuesday and we hope you will familiarize yourself with its content and goals. SERA establishes a vision and…

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Seattle City Light is connected to Hohm

I completely forgot to tell anyone. Seattle City Light has passed all of their Hohm integration certification tests and they’ve gone live. You can read the SCL press release here. Congratulations to SCL for being the first and for a job well done.

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Hohm’s beta audience is US single-family households

For now yes, Hohm is targeted at US single-family households. Sure, it’s possible to use it for multi-family homes, but some of the assumptions start to break down. Over time we’ll extend the models to support other countries. In the meantime, if you want to try out the site, the US models generally apply if…

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Sitting in deployment – Microsoft Hohm goes live

Other than a few minor DNS hiccups, Microsoft Hohm went live this morning. The team’s been sitting in a conference room on campus since about 5:30 this morning watching things spin up. We’re triaging other issues, but so far there have been no show-stopper bugs and no reason for any of the dev team to…

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Announcing Microsoft Hohm

So, I haven’t been blogging much over the last year or so. But, there’s a reason. I couldn’t really talk much about what I’ve been working on. Turns out, starting today, I can. This morning we announced Microsoft Hohm. Once again I’m playing the role of architect of a Microsoft start-up. This one has been…

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