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Europe’s Emissions Trading System Turns 10 — A Success Worthy of Reflection

This post was adapted from a speech Frank gave at recent conference on the European Union’s emissions trading scheme, held in Florence, Italy. The European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme recently marked its 10th year in operation, an anniversary worthy of reflection. When an emissions trading system is designed well and implemented effectively, it does what […]

Apple HomeKit Review: Siri’s New Smart Home Already Needs Renovation 

It’s Day One for HomeKit, Apple’s ambitious plan to automate our homes. But it’s been a rough first day.HomeKit is supposed to help iPhones run lights, thermostats and all sorts of other appliances that can now connect to the Internet. It turns voice-assistant Siri into a genie who makes things happen around the house. You […]

Distributed technique for power scheduling advances smart grid concept

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new technique for “scheduling” energy in electric grids that moves away from centralized management by tapping into the distributed computing power of energy devices.Show More Summary


"The next shale": How solar is poised to transform America's energy markets; A new study says the solar boom is coming faster than many think Herman K. Trabish, February 19, 2015 (Utility Dive) A lot of people didn’t see the shale oil...Show More Summary


AVATAR DIRECTOR GOES SOLAR James Cameron’s Plan to Fix Solar Panels Alissa Walker, June 30, 2015 (GizModo) “…[Avatar director, deep-sea explorer, NASA advisor, and all around badass James Cameron has turned his attention to solar. Panels]...Show More Summary

Should Gas & Oil Methane Emissions Be the Next Obama Climate Policy Priority?

Is the Environmental Protection Agency’s new proposed as and oil production greenhouse gas regulation actually the most efficient and effective approach to reducing total methane emissions in the United States? Or are there better alternatives? read more

Winners and Losers from Flattening Tiered Electricity Prices

The California Public Utilities Commission is moving closer to major changes in the steeply increasing-block residential electricity rates that the state has had since the 2000-01 California electricity crisis. This Friday the Commissioners may decide to significantly flatten the tiered rate structure. read more

Solar's Value for Grid Circuits: Not Much on Average, but Huge for a Handful

Solar advocates and opponents have argued over the merits of various studies about the relative costs and benefits of distributed solar PV. Different studies have reached different results -- so different that the Rocky Mountain Institute wrote an entire report just to compare and contrast 16 of them. read more

Residential PACE on the Rise; Innovative Solar Financing

In 2010, the Federal Housing Finance Authority almost killed Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs (PACE) for residential properties. A lot can happen in five years, and what was once a program on the verge of foreclosure is now a booming market. read more

Progress on Phasing Down HFCs as Countries Build Momentum Toward a Deal

The global effort to phase down powerful heat-trapping hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) is gaining speed as several nations recently put forth detailed plans to curb HFC use. Negotiators at the upcoming Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) in Paris next month will weigh in on updated amendment proposals. read more

BWXT Begins Life as a Pure Play Nuclear Company

The Babcock & Wilcox Company has completed its planned separation into two companies, Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. and BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT). One of the neat things about this announcement is that BWXT will be headquartered in Lynchburg, VA. Show More Summary

A History of Free Market Energy Thought

Patrick J. Michaels Many in Washington deny that the nation’s energy needs can be met by free markets. Wars on coal and carbon dioxide follow this faith in government regulation and control of energy. Since the 1970s, however, more libertarian voices have been heard on these issues. Show More Summary

First energy storage system for primary frequency regulation in France

The Alstom-Saft consortium has successfully commissioned its smart battery energy storage system (BESS) at the EDF’s Concept Grid Lab. The project is led by Electricité de France (EDF), a French electric utility company. The objective is to test battery storage in real conditions, thanks to its Concept Grid platform, for the purpose of frequency regulation […]

Will North Anna 3 be lead ESBWR?

There is a growing perception that the Nuclear Renaissance in the U.S. is dead, killed off forever by low natural gas prices. Some members of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) are not so sure. At the June 7 President’s Reception for...Show More Summary

Waste-to-Energy Plant Cuts Landfilled Waste 90%

A Babcock & Wilcox waste-to-energy facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, is now online. The company says it is the cleanest and most-advanced power plant of its kind in North America, providing power for about 44,000 homes and businesses while processing more than 1 million tons of post-recycled municipal solid waste each year. This will […]

How to Treat Landfill Leachate

While the most effective way to reduce landfill leachate — any liquid that enters the facility and passes through waste material on contact — is to keep it out of the facility with a close-as-you-go approach, Agru America offers a number of treatment options in a blog post. The company says an impermeable closure system […]

Staples Canada Aims to Recycle 3M Ink Cartridges This Year

Staples Canada has announced a plan to collect and recycle 3 million ink cartridges and 4,000,000 kg of electronics in 2015. Also in the company’s Q1 update, Staples Canada says it has achieved: In partnership with Call2Recycle, Staples has colleged 37,111 kilograms of batteries, an increase of 22.5 percent over Q1 2014. The retailer has […]

EN Rx Cleans Up Brownfields, Contaminated Lands

Cleaning up brownfields and other contaminated properties improves the environment, provides a new potential source of tax revenue and removes a huge liability for the property owner. According to EN Rx, an environmental remediation company specializing in chemical oxidation, its EN Rx reagents have some unique properties that allow them to be used in and […]

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