Distributed generation is getting increasing attention for impact on the electric utility industry. DG has been the subject of a number of high profile articles in Business Week, the Wall St. Journal and several online business and industry news sites. The Business Week article was particularly provocative, leading with the title, “Why the U.S. Power Grid’s Days Are Numbered“.
Residential DG, primarily solar, remains relatively sparse in the U.S. compared to Europe, especially Germany. Commercial/Industrial DG is getting greater penetration with large initiatives such as Walmart installing solar on the top of every store, and low-priced natural gas leading industrial customers to generate their own power. Although circumstances differ, the September 17, 2013, WSJ article, “In Post-Tsunami Japan, Homeowners Pull Away From Grid”, describes how Japanese homeowners could foreshadow even more disruption. While residential fuel cells are not presently economical, higher volume production and deployment in Japan could certainly change that. Low cost fuel cells could enable every customer with natural gas service to make the economic analysis about when or whether it’s worth turning to self generation. Read More »
Tags: DG, Distributed Generation, Energy, IoT, Marriot, renewable energy, solar, utility, wind
When we announced Cisco’s new environmental sustainability goals, one goal continued to require the most clarification from both internal and external stakeholders: having our corporate electricity emissions factor at half of the International Energy Agency (IEA) world average.
This goal, and it’s delicate wording, perhaps only makes sense to us sustainability nerds who are immersed in the Greenhouse Gas conversation…
Given the recent market report from the IEA on renewable energy, I thought a post would be useful to explain the reasoning behind this goal, and how it helps both Cisco and the planet by including this goal in our efforts.
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Tags: alternative energy, Energy, environmental sustainability, Green, renewables, Sustainability
Greenpeace started evaluating global Information Technology (IT) companies in 2009 because IT companies have a central role to play in enabling a modern, renewable-powered energy infrastructure. The IT sector has the opportunity to drive transformative change in the consumption and production of energy, with the potential to drive a significant reduction in the greenhouse gases that cause climate change.
Today it was announced that Cisco is tied with Google for the top spot on the Cool IT Leaderboard -- a scoring system that analyzes IT companies’ contributions to achieving global greenhouse gas emissions reductions of 15 percent by 2020.
The Greenpeace analysis of Cisco’s performance said “Cisco’s leadership improved across each of the three evaluation areas, particularly for updated commitments to manage its energy footprint and increase the amount of renewable energy powering its operations.”
Read more about Cisco’s programs to help the environment in our 2012 CSR Report.
Tags: Cisco, climate change, Cool IT, Energy, GHG, Google, greenpeace
I’m delighted to introduce Dan Kern to the Manufacturing Blog!
Dan joined Cisco five years ago and leads the Manufacturing & Energy Industry Sector marketing practice for the Americas.
He focuses on understanding the business needs of Cisco customers and drives engagements that introduce business transforming concepts to lines of business managers and executives. Because of his industry knowledge and contributions, Dan was recently recognized as the “Industry Leader of the Year” by GDS International at the 2012 Next Generation Manufacturing Summit and also received the President’s Award at the 2012 Manufacturing Leadership Summit.
Thanks to his past experience, Dan has an intimate understanding of customer business needs. He has a Six Sigma black belt and held roles in market and customer operations as well as product development. Dan has also held sales, strategy and marketing positions for manufacturing, financial and government institutions.
Dan has degrees in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice from Northern Illinois University and a Masters of Business Administration from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.
We’re looking forward to Dan’s insights and contributions to this Manufacturing blog.
Tags: Americas Field Marketing, Cisco, Dan Kern, Energy, Manufacturing, Manufacturing Leadership Summit, Next Generation Manufacturing Summit
Following the ITU hosted CTO meeting held in Dubai on November 18 2012, where I represented our CTO Padmasree Warrior, I had the pleasure to present at the ITU-T Global Standards Symposium [GSS] in Dubai on November 19 2012.
This panel was of particular interest to us because Cisco observed a number of industries brought together on the same stage. Energy, healthcare, and transportation are important to how we live and work, and Cisco engages in each of these sectors.
While this panel demonstrated the huge technological strides each sector is taking, I noted that these advances did not occur overnight. Each of these sectors has evolved its approach with a lot of effort, over a long period of time. Read More »
Tags: Energy, healthcare, ITU, Service Provider, Transportation