CCBJ Vol III No 08-09: Information Technology in the Climate Change Industry

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In this double edition, CCBJ draws on expertise from scores of analysts and business leaders, as well as third-party research, to show how IT tools are enhancing GHG mitigation strategies and-in the case of the smart grid, intelligent transportation and other segments-essentially creating new industries.

Information technology is deeply woven into the fabric of the climate change industry, squeezing maximum energy efficiency out of building systems, enabling power grids to use more renewable energy, empowering corporations to manage their greenhouse gas emissions more efficiently, measuring carbon in forests and much more.

Inside this edition:

  • The move to a smarter grid has been embraced by Congress, the electric utility industry and environmentalist NGOs. CCBJ examines the lessons learned, the critical policy issues in play and the competitive position of leading consultants and vendors.
  • The market for carbon information management software, also known as enterprise carbon accounting, is hot. Vendors compete based on environmental domain experience, programming chops and expertise in specific industries. Can established environmental reporting software firms compete against VC-funded startups and enterprise software giants?
  • A business opportunity to match the value of Saudia Arabia's oil reserves? That's what one market leader says is awaiting U.S. suppliers of automated building energy efficiency systems, also known as Monitoring-based Commissioning Services.
  • Designing commercial and industrial buildings to meet the rigorous energy codes of the future will make high-end Building Energy Modeling Software mandatory for designers, engineers and ESCOs within five to 10 years. That's the view of the three firms who dominate this segment.
  • Adaptation and carbon markets open opportunities for geospatial mapping.
  • Also covered: software to model the value of hydropower upgrades and operational changes; IT for agricultural adaptation; software for wind farms; and intelligent transportation systems.

Companies:

Agentis Energy, Allegro Development, AutoDesk, Avista Corp., Battelle Memorial Institute, Bentley, Black & Veatch, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Bluenext, C3, Carbonflow, Climate Exchange Plc, Cognyst Advisors, CommodityPoint, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Electric Power Research Institute, EnerNOC, Enviance, ENVIRON, Fugro EarthData, General Electric, GTM Research, Halcrow, HDR, Landis+Gyr, LPB Energy Management, NYSE Euronext, ONCOR, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., PBS&J, Point Carbon, Powerit Solutions, SAIC, Siemens, The Structure Group, TRC Companies, Utilipoint International, Xcel Energy, etc.

 

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