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Landmark Government Report Calls for Billions in New Grid Investments

The Obama administration is calling on Congress to approve new spending to modernize the power grid, as part of a first-ever Quadrennial Energy Review released Tuesday that highlights the major reliability, security and renewable energy integration challenges facing the country’s electricity infrastructure. read more

Five Smart Home lessons from the Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2015

The Connected Home was a new zone on display at the 2015 Hong Kong Electronics Fair, providing a glimpse into the future with the application of Internet of Things (IoT) in the home environment. Here are five lessons we took away from the show. 1. Smart Manufacturers will make smart products Much that is written […]

The significance of the physical and the benefits of oil barrels: Petrodollars

Ned Molloy explains the benefits of having ownership of physical barrels — and how companies that do so are still competing in trading with those armed only with information — in this week’s Oilgram News column, Petrodollars.   In the crude oil trading world, having ownership of physical barrels is prized for the information it […]

We Can Preserve Electric Reliability While Protecting Public Health Under the Clean Power Plan

Last June, the EPA proposed carbon standards for existing power plants. Fossil fuel-fired power plants account for almost 40% of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, making them the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the nation and one of the single largest categories of greenhouse gas sources in the world. read more

Wind energy jobs grew exponentially in 2014 –

18 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

Wind energy is growing, and along with it, wind jobs. According to the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report, there were 23,000 jobs added in the wind industry in 2014 — bringing the total number to 73,000. A total of 12,700 megawatts (MW) of wind projects under construction at the […]

SolarCity Will Add 300MW of Commercial Solar From New $1B Fund

SolarCity "activated" a $1 billion fund earlier this year, looking to finance roughly 300 megawatts of United States commercial solar energy systems. Investors in the fund include Credit Suisse, the bookrunner for SolarCity’s securitization transactions. read more

Advanced Energy Tech of the Week: High Voltage Direct Current Transmission

HVDC has been used for decades in underwater and underground transmission projects where AC use is limited, but its use in aboveground transmission is increasing, primarily for moving large amounts of remote wind and hydro power to distant load centers. read more

AusNet selects Silver Spring to implement AMI in Victoria

22 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

Australian energy company AusNet Services has selected software and services provider for utilities Silver Spring Networks to implement the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) program launched by the government of Victoria. Silver...Show More Summary

UK's Renewable Energy Targets Drive Increases in U.S. Wood Pellet Exports

In 2014, almost three-quarters of all U.S. wood pellet exports were delivered to the United Kingdom, mainly for the purpose of generating electricity. Overall, U.S. wood pellet exports increased by nearly 40% between 2013 and 2014, from 3.2 million short tons to 4.4 million short tons. read more

Jon Stewart Celebrates Earth Day

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A Climate Scientist’s Fight

This scientist-hero has prevailed and persisted in his personal fight to speak truth to power. From greenmanbucket via YouTube Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

This Is Happening. Now.

This is Siberia, where there is evidence the methane is coming out of the permafrost. From Vladislav Igorevich via YouTube Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

How Much Water Does A Water Leak Waste?

Imagine Manhattan under 300 feet of water, not from a flood or rising sea level, but from the 2.1 trillion gallons of water lost from leaky pipes every year. That is nearly 6 billion gallons a day! The majority of leaks are a result of old infrastructure, pressure changes in the water mains, and small household leaks. read more

A Legislative Push to Get Texas Serious About Demand Response

With the blooming Texas bluebonnets signalling the end of winter and at least a few weeks before the blazing heat begins, spring might not seem the ideal time for the Texas Legislature to debate laws about keeping the lights on or electric grid reliability. read more

NELHA and Sandia National Labs partner to test energy storage

The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) has announced a partnership with the Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) to collaborate on research related to energy storage. According to NELHA, that partnership is in the form of a Memorandum of Agreement to research the implementation of Electrical Energy Storage (ESS). The two organizations are looking to […]

The U.S. Can and Must Rise to the Global Challenge of Climate Change

We have a responsibility to protect future generations from the effects of climate change by reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping pollutants. This can be done in a manner that protects public health, spurs job creation, and helps address the significant damages from climate change. read more

IEEE: Digital economy requires rigorous grid

Smart Grid News Editor-in-Chief Barbara Vergetis Lundin recently caught up with IEEE’s Wanda Reder to get her insights on the power and energy sector, as well as IEEE’s role in its ongoing development. An IEEE Fellow, Reder is the Chief Strategy Officer at S&C Electric Company in Chicago and served as President of the IEEE […]

Why MSP is the once, current and future Internet of Things (IoT) alley

A slender wristband that manages your home’s climate control, stereo and security system with the flick of a finger. A system that turns your cabinets and appliances into “smart things” that sense the world around them and tell you what they’ve learned. A miniature electric guitar that teaches you how to play at your own […]

How Smartglasses and IoT empower productive field work

At Convergence 2015 in March, Microsoft Dynamics and APX Labs showed how Smartglasses and the Internet of Things (IoT) can help service and repair workers quickly find, diagnose and fix problems in the field. The Microsoft Dynamics Blog offers a closer look at a Smartglasses IoT scenario that alerts field service technicians about needed repairs. […]

You Ought to Have a Look: Earth Day Round-Up

Patrick J. Michaels, Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger You Ought to Have a Look is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science posted by Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. (“Chip”) Knappenberger. While this section will feature all the...Show More Summary

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