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Storing energy  from renewable sources is needed for use when the sun isn't shining, or wind blowing, or just to be able to buffer peak demand.  

This has been an expensive part of projects where renewables aren't wired in to the grid.  

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Storing energy from renewable sources is needed for use when the sun isn't shining, or wind blowing, or just to be able to buffer peak demand. This has been an expensive part of projects where renewables aren't wired in to the grid. This r

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Phil commented on Incentivize separating recyclable waste from trash.

Having worked for years on a college campus trying to introduce 4000 new people to waste sorting- this is a great idea- instant feedback. Great for young kids in school who will enjoy the game aspect.

Maybe for adults we can avoid the embarrassing fanfare and streamline this by a solar powered motor and flipper that sends waste to the right bin.

We will have to work on how to disassemble lunch bags and coffee cups!

Establishing a color coding system for products would really help get things in the right bins and communicate mixed stream assemblies.

Diana presented a firm in progress on this idea in the research phase:
https://openideo.com/challenge/renewable-energy/research/networked-society-smart-energy-connected-device-makes-smart-use-of-energy

Yasmin's inspiration item illustrates how small renewable energy mfrs and others with good new ideas can be better connected with the market when data is shared
https://openideo.com/challenge/vibrant-cities/inspiration/economic-gardening-providing-entrepreneurs-with-the-fertilizer-they-need-to-grow

Alisha's concept builds on the options for group norm building via public data sharing
https://openideo.com/challenge/renewable-energy/ideas/public-energy-consumption-measurables

The value of online GIS maps is clear
https://openideo.com/search.html?text=gis

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Phil commented on Public Energy Consumption Measurables

Geographic Information Systems
https://openideo.com/search.html?text=gis
are perfect for displaying data online in map form. Utilities can easily display maps of community properties colored by their energy use intensity.

Public shaming of private parties is not palatable, but there is likely to be good support in certain communities, to prove concept by publishing the energy use data of public buildings, libraries, schools, etc.

Communities can invite citizens to tweet over public energy successes and failures:
https://openideo.com/challenge/usaid-humanity-united/inspiration/real-time-social-information-for-event-tracking

Making energy use of individual appliances and systems visible in schools is likely to be well accepted- and the students will take that knowledge back to their homes and influence practices there.

The journalism of the community, and the public comment part of board meetings, etc. will inevitably require that agencies consider making efficiency improvements, implementing renewable energy b buying or generation, etc,

Customers in the community could be invited by the utility to opt-in to publishing their energy use.

An early adopter/ activist community might require companies doing business with the community government to allow their energy use data to be published.

Even without such measures, once a comfort level in talking about and responding to energy improvements increases, best practices will become community norms.