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Huge News From Tesla

Tesla Founder Elon Musk just announced a new battery for his EV Roadster 3.0 will demonstrate a single-charge 400 mile range in January. Could put a lot gas-powered vehicles out of business. Explains why Ford, GM, and most carmakers are going to the plug. Show More Summary

Should groups that celebrate loss of 600 MWe of reliable, ultra-low emission nuclear be called “environmental?”

Greenpeace USA published a blog post on December 22, a week before the scheduled shutdown of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station titled ONE LESS FUKUSHIMA-TYPE NUCLEAR REACTOR THREATENING THE U.S. that celebrates the fact that New England is losing another reliable, natural gas-free, CO2-free, electricity production facility. Show More Summary

Energy Efficiency’s Next Purpose: Enhancing Utility Customer Satisfaction

10 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

Across the US, the historic relationship between GDP and electricity demand growth is projected to drastically change. At the same time, utilities’ average capital and operational and maintenance (O&M) expenses are increasing due to aging infrastructure, integration of smart grid technologies and increased need for cyber security. Show More Summary

Prevention is Easier and Less Painful Than Cure – Keep Vermont Yankee Operable

One of the well known techniques for minimizing the impact of an important report whose news some people don’t want to hear is to hold it for release until late Friday evening. That way, conventional journalists will not pay much attention...Show More Summary

Things Are Happening

Why not now? From ClimateReality 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");

Climate Change In Miami Beach

South Florida is quickly becoming a sea level rise case study. From the YaleClimateForum 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");

Can Distributed Resources Replace $1B in Substation Upgrades? New York Will Soon Find Out

New York recently took a first step toward its vision of turning utilities into operators of distributed, customer-centric power grid assets. Now it’s up to Consolidated Edison to prove it can harness the power of these new assets on time, and at the right price. read more

What Might the Future Look Like if We Took Climate Change Seriously?

A new analysis lays out several detailed “pathways” to a low-carbon future for the United States, and offers practical guidance for policy makers. The bottom line finding is that there are multiple ways we can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions with known technologies. read more

Turbulent Times Call for Insulated Investments: Interview with Steven Salz

Steven Salz is an event-driven and special situations analyst at M Partners. Before joining M Partners he worked in a generalist equity research role at a major Canadian bank, in its internal retail asset management group. Prior to that Salz worked as a private Canadian defense contractor. read more

Lighting the Way to Energy Savings and Job Growth in North Carolina

Rapid declines in the price of light emitting diodes (LED) technology suggest that the next generation of energy efficient lighting – LED bulbs – is on the verge of widespread adoption. LED bulbs will eventually make traditional, energy-hogging incandescent bulbs a thing of the past. read more

When is a ‘Standard’ Really a ‘Standard’?

Thread Group is just one home automation initiative that’s made the news recently. Yesterday’s announcement that the group now numbers 50 members begged that age-old question: When is a “standard” really a “standard”? One guy who often gets irked by standards talk, especially of the misleading variety, is Derek Flickinger, proprietor of the integration firm Continue reading ?

Wink hub can help bring your house under control

It seems like everyone wants to control your house. Well, they want to help you control your house using their home automation ecosystem. What do I mean by home automation? Tasks like controlling lights remotely, controlling your thermostat and deadbolts remotely, setting appliances to turn on to cook dinner or make coffee automatically or even Continue reading ?

Year in Review: Top 10 Advanced Energy News Stories of 2014

2014 was a big year for advanced energy. Prices for advanced energy generation technologies kept dropping, employment kept growing, and the industry opened new avenues of expansion. Plus, several key policy changes contributed to the rapid growth an already-expansive sector. read more

ORIGINAL REPORTING: HOW UTILITIES CAN MITIGATE GRID IMPACTS OF HIGH SOLAR PENETRATIONS

How utilities can mitigate grid impacts of high solar penetrations; New strategies for utilities and installers to put solar in better places to protect the grid Herman K. Trabish, October 16, 2014 (Utility Dive) UD-SEPAlocation2-10-12-2014...Show More Summary

ORIGINAL REPORTING: IDAHO POWER'S VITAL BOARDMAN-TO-HEMINGWAY TRANSMISSION LINE WRESTLES WITH PERMITTING

Idaho Power's vital Boardman-to-Hemingway transmission line wrestles with permitting; Instead of delivering renewables, it’s struggling over sage grouses and ground squirrels. Herman K. Trabish, October 14, 2014 (Utility Dive) ThereShow More Summary

Yes, Virginia, There is CCS

Yes, Virginia, there is CCS. It exists as certainly as amine separation, compressors and drilling rigs exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life energy and mobility. Alas! How dreary and warm might the world be someday be if there is no CCS! read more

A Snapshot of Germany's Electricity Mix: Solar Capacity Reigns, but Coal Generation Sustains

Germany was one of the few countries in the world to take a no-excuses approach to developing renewable energy by creating a highly ambitious set of policies to promote localized, distributed generation. In many ways, the policies were a resounding success. But Germany is also facing some hard realities. read more

Essence: 2014 Was Landmark Year for Internet of Things (IoT), 2015 to Continue Trend

Essence, the leading provider of IoT, cloud-based connected-living solutions, predicts another year of solid growth for the Internet of Things and Smart Solutions for the connected life. “2014 saw rapid growth across the connected home space, including significant investments from big players like Google and Apple. Show More Summary

Power Sector Employment Declines, Except for Renewable Electricity Generators

The electric power generation sector lost more than 5,800 jobs from January 2011 through June 2014 despite a gain of nearly 1,800 non-hydro renewable electricity generation jobs, according to the latest data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. read more

How Dangerous is LNG?

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is often regarded as extremely dangerous and toxic with container ships called floating bombs. But is this perception accurate? The historical reality is that LNG has the best safety record of all common fuel types and is completely non-toxic. read more

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