Utilities embrace Green Button energy data project

Nine more utilities, and three large energy vendors, announced support on Thursday for the Green Button project, which enables utility customers to download their energy consumption data with a click of a button and also use that data for energy-saving apps.

YouTube Users Upload 24 Hours of Video Every Minute

YouTube’s (s GOOG) users are uploading 24 hours of video every minute, the site’s director of product management Hunter Walk just announced. From Walks’s blog post:

“A day’s worth of content uploaded to YouTube every minute is a big achievement for our community and speaks to the role video plays in connecting and changing the world one upload at a time. So what’s next? 30 hours? 36 hours?”

YouTube’s users were uploading 20 hours of video per minute about ten months ago, the site announced last May, after reaching 15 hours of video in January 2009. In early 2007, YouTube was clocking six hours of footage every minute.
YouTube has been stepping up its efforts to monetize its vast amount of content; the site announced yesterday that it was opening up display ad overlays to everyone, which should lead to many more advertisers embracing the format.
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The Winners and Losers in the Smart Grid Stimulus Funds

powergridgeneric8The $3.4 billion in smart grid stimulus fund awards were announced this morning and close to 100 recipients woke up today to the equivalent of Christmas morning. At the same time, another 300 or so utilities and cities missed the boat and will have to find their own funds to get their smart grid projects rolling.

CenterPoint Energy, Florida Light and Power and PECO Energy Company received the maximum $200 million grant, while the tiny municipal utility EPB, which is building an unusual fiber-based smart grid in Chattanooga, Tenn., received $111.57 million. But California’s Pacific Gas & Electric (s PCG) and Southern California Edison, as well as National Grid, Oncor, and Tennessee Valley Authority were notably absent from the list (see some of the applicants that didn’t receive funds here).
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