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The Energy/Water Nexus

Around the country, a new conversation is emerging among municipal leaders and utility executives as they explore the energy/water nexus. While Senator Murkowski started the discussion at the federal level in 2014, local leaders are just beginning to question the impact of the energy/water nexus. The water/energy nexus deals with the need for water to produce energy, and for energy to treat and distribute clean water. Water infrastructure is an essential public service in any city and is intrinsically linked to energy. Smart technologies and smart strategies for water and energy utilities are needed to address conservation challenges and form the foundation for a truly Smart City. With the r

Are we forgetting the poor in a Smart City?

More than 45 million people, or 14.5 percent of all Americans, lived below the poverty line in 2013, the Census Bureau reported. Median household income barely budged that year, edging up to $51,939 from $51,759 in 2012, the Census Bureau noted separately. Homelessness, poverty and income inequity are apparent in every U.S. city and while serving with a street ministry last week, I pondered the effects Smart City initiatives have on our citizens living below the poverty line.  This is not a political commentary nor do I choose sides on any debate about taxes and government spending. I just looked at my own career and the industry I am so passionate about and wondered, “Are forgetting the poo

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