VERGE

Accelerating sustainability solutions in an interconnected world. Highlights from VERGE 16 in Santa Clara along with ongoing coverage of VERGE topics.

We so take the electricity infrastructure for granted that we fail to recognize it as a potent public policy tool for economic revitalization. Of all large infrastructures in the United States, nothing is more poised for transformative change, with a host of long- and short-term benefits, as today’s electricity delivery system — not roads, not information technology, not oil, coal and natural gas, not entertainment, not retail, not housing construction, not healthcare.

Illinois is centralizing investments in technologies such as the Internet of things, while allowing cities to prioritize according to local needs. Texas may be next.
New advances in technology are sparking efforts to use virtual reality to help people gain a deeper appreciation of environmental challenges.
Could this be the holy-grail application for distributed grid resources?
First-time corporate energy buyers such as 3M and future-focused mobility moves by Toyota are just the tip of the news that made waves last year.
From self-driving Ubers to the battle brewing over the next Tesla, the mobility revolution is poised to come to a head this year.