Smart grids need money, standards

With the aid of money from the Recovery Act, and a new study finding that cumulative spending on “smart grid” infrastructure will exceed $33 billion by 2014, smart grids will not want for funding. But grid and smart meter standards remain a key hurdle for the industry.

Above the Fold 04.21.09

Des Moines goes to Washington……Voting by Twitter?…St. Louis company gets the raised eyebrow…Louisiana legislators like tax cuts, maybe too much…NY..

CivSource announces 311 feature

CivSource is pleased to announce the launch of a new feature called, 311. CivSource will start the conversation by posting local government minutes and agendas from across the country, along with five main points highlighting key actions. The rest is up to you – the users.

Above the Fold 04.20.09

How much is Texas worth?…Join the jobless club, your neighbors have…How an ant feels when you take a hose to..

Above the Fold 04.17.09

Smart grids and Smart transport – All Aboard!…Sesame Street can only do so much for food safety…Paying to implement the..

In Triplicate: Defining transparency at the federal level

A more open government could simply be the future of government. Despite technological obstacles, it would seem that government is, in fact, ready for transparency. Once a workable open initiative is implemented and in practice, government-wide, the real test will be to make sure it stays that way for generations and Recovery Acts to come.

Above the Fold 04.16.09

Govs., Mayors, vendors are for jazzed for broadband funds…It’s (the new) Electric…Putting an end to illicit Internet drug buying…A bad..

Above the Fold 04.15.09

Jumping the gun on border security…National Institute of Health: who wants a lolli?…Broadband here, broadband there, broadband everywhere…California IOUs, neat..

States’ sales tax worst in 50 years

The Rockefeller Institute released a report today, finding that sales tax data from the October-December quarter of 2008 indicates it was the worst decline in the last fifty years.

Above the Fold 04.14.09

No guns for mentally disturbed…Chicanery, fraud and X-rated cable TV…The great economic stabilizer…Driving Ms. Margarita…More snow days for Denver city..