Heather Clancy

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Heather Clancy is an award-winning business journalist specializing in transformative technology and innovation. Her articles have appeared in Entrepreneur, Fortune Small Business, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. In a past corporate life, Heather was editor of Computer Reseller News. She started her journalism life as a business writer with United Press International in New York. She holds a B.A. in English literature from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and has a thing for Lewis Carroll.

I am fascinated about how businesses of all sizes can transform their operations through technology -- not just to make themselves more efficient, but to rise above their competitors. That's the theme for my two ZDNet blogs, Small Business Matters and Next-Gen Partner. For SmartPlanet, I'm focused on profiling inspirational and controversial business leaders who have great leadership lessons to share. I also write regularly and passionately about corporate social responsibility and sustainability issues for GreenBiz.com. Occasionally, I will pop up at an industry conference in some sort of speaking capacity. In cases where an engagement involves a sponsor that may be covered in this blog, that fact will be disclosed in coverage as appropriate. My corporate writing work usually consists of crafting research white papers about some aspect of technology or moderating Webcasts. In the event that my commentary (in written, audio or video form) mentions a company for which I have provided consulting advice, I will disclose that fact. However, there is no connection between these projects and topics that I cover in my blogs.

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More range on the range: Texas flips switch on first privately funded electric vehicle charger

More range on the range: Texas flips switch on first privately funded electric vehicle charger

NRG Energy flipped the "on" switch for the first in what is to be a private network of 70 eVgo Freedom Stations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.The charging stations include 480-volt direct current (DC) fast-charging technology, which can add about 30 miles of range in approximately 20 minutes, along with 240-volt Level 2 charging features, which charge more slowly (25 miles of range in about an hour).

April 11, 2011 by in Start-Ups

Brightening outlook for built-in solar technology

Brightening outlook for built-in solar technology

One of the developments I'll be watching during 2011 is the extent to which solar technology can break out of its design mold -- that of dozens of bulky panels arrayed across a roof, parking lot or field -- and morph into other formats that are integrated directly into buildings.Here's just one leading indicator: this week, Soladigm of Milpitas, Calif.

December 16, 2010 by in Start-Ups

3 green water start-ups you should watch

3 green water start-ups you should watch

Over the past year, there has been heightened attention across corporate America to water conservation and water management initiatives. The irony is that some of the advanced technologies for addressing our global water problems exacerbate another problem: our need to get wiser about how we use energy.

March 18, 2011 by in Start-Ups

GE snaps up Irish smart grid company

GE snaps up Irish smart grid company

You knew there MUST be an ulterior motive to the GE ecoimagination contest: The giant technology and services company has decided to acquire one of the winners of the "2010 ecoimagination Challenge: Powering the Grid" competition, FMC-Tech. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but the transaction should be finalized by July.

May 24, 2011 by in Start-Ups