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Sen. Cruz Questions Sierra Club President Aaron Mair on Climate Change

Actually the Senator is using the opportunity to read Dr. Roy Spensor's views on climate change into the Senate record, in front of video cameras. The President Aaron Mair about views concerning Anthropogenic Global Warming skeptic Dr. Show More Summary

Beneficiary: PG&E grid reaps benefits of county energy storage

The County of Santa Cruz is installing a state-of-the-art energy storage system at the county’s largest administrative building — making it the first energy storage installation in the county and the largest installation at a county facility in Northern California. Source: Beneficiary: PG&E grid reaps benefits of county energy storage – SmartGridNews

Atomic Show #245 – Building a prosperity program on used nuclear fuel foundation

I applaud reasoned, long term thinking that aims to use science, technology and deep understanding of human wants and needs — aka politics — to set a course for success. You can find one of my favorite current examples of an effort that...Show More Summary

Driverless Cars: the Catalyst Towards Futuristic Smart Cities

Have you ever considered how many hours are wasted, traveling to work and back every day? Now picture a scenario where you can work while you are being driven to your destination along the fastest and safest routes – without it costing you anything extra? Wouldn’t that be great? Brace yourself – cities are about to […]

Amazon Robotics: IoT In The Warehouse

The real magic of robots and the Internet of Things is happening right now at Amazon’s vast fulfillment warehouses in the US. See what it’s all about, and learn how simple robotics can transform your organization’s logistical needs. While there is no shortage of stories about the future potential of Amazon’s drone delivery program, the […]

Dry spell for DDGS as China stops buying

While some may associate the summer with dry spells, for the US dried distillers grains (DDGS) market, the dry spell has come in the fall. Numerous sources have said that China, the world’s No. 1 importer of DDGS, has stopped purchasing the ethanol byproduct in recent months after buying heavily earlier in the year. That […]

Amazon’s Alexa Brings Voice Control To Insteon Home Automation

11 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

Insteon’s home-automation hub has become the latest in a growing selection of home-automation products that can be controlled from Amazon’s voice-controlled Echo smart speaker.Home-automation products from Wink, Smart Things, Belkin and Philips Hue can also controlled from the Wi-Fi-equipped Echo via Amazon’s Alexa Cloud-based voice service. Show More Summary


Pumpkin pie may be missing by Christmas, thanks to climate change; Crop yields are down by half in the Illinois town that produces 85% of the world’s canned pumpkin, threatening to deprive Americans of their beloved pie Jessica Glenza,...Show More Summary


5 Technologies That Could Drive Solar Energy Growth for Decades October 3, 2015 (The Motley Fool) “…[T]he world tends to look at solar energy with a fairly narrow view…[But why create] energy when it's cheapest and saving it for theShow More Summary


Dominion to seek new bids on offshore wind John Ramsey, October 7, 2015 (Richmond Times-Dispatch) “Dominion Resources will go through a second round of bidding to build [twin 6-megawatt turbines] off the Virginia coast while a groupShow More Summary


SolarCity and Temecula Valley Unified School District Announce Solar and Energy Storage Project Expected to Save the District Millions… Oct. 6, 2015 (Yahoo Finance) “SolarCity and Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD) are together...Show More Summary

Environmental Executive Moves: Dupont, LG Chem Power, Kurion, AECOM Waste Management

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Dupont: The chemical company has appointed Edward Breen (pictured), a current member of the DuPont board of directors and chairman of Tyco International, as interim chair and CEO. Ellen Kullman, chair and CEO of DuPont, is retiring on Oct. 16. The board has engaged […]

A World-Wide Climate Agreement by the End of 2015

Nations around the world are filing notice of their proposed contributions for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases in the next 10-15 years, or more. This is being done ahead of the next (21st) United Nations “Conference of the Parties” (COP) that convenes starting the end of November 2015. read more

Let the Planning Begin, Part 1: States Prepare to Comply with the Clean Power Plan - or Not

Ever since the EPA released the final version of the Clean Power Plan, the rule’s 1,560 pages of dense text (and an equally daunting pile of Technical Support Documents) have kept legal analysts and policy wonks busy and bleary-eyed. Perhaps the most important group of readers, however, are state regulators. read more

Are the Benefits to the Weatherization Assistance Program's Energy Efficiency Investments Four Times the Costs?

The urgency of climate change demands solutions that work. So, a clear-eyed assessment of how well policies and programs perform is critical, no matter the results. Using rigorous evidence to inform policy design and implementation is the only way to ensure that we effectively confront climate change. read more

Addressing the World's Flare Gas Problem

I don’t generally use this column to discuss the projects that I am working on. In fact, it’s been more than 2 years since I did. But I often get inquiries about where I am and what I am doing, so in today’s column I thought I would update readers who may be interested. read more

Who's Reserving All Those Tesla Batteries and What Do They Plan On Using Them For?

The prospects for Tesla batteries for residential solar storage and time-of-use arbitrage are dismal, so why so many people lining up to buy? Because there are three additional major applications that have market potential: residential backup power, commercial demand-charge management, and grid-scale storage. read more

China shows business case for green energy

13 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

The narrative around renewable energy sources is typically framed almost entirely in terms of their contribution to reducing carbon emissions and thereby providing a means to tackle climate change. From this perspective, the drive for renewables is inseparably linked to international negotiations over reducing carbon emissions, which will come to a head at the United […]

Shell Boss: Global Carbon Price Needed

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden says governments should put a price on carbon, which will then drive the “right behavior of consumers and producers” in terms of tackling climate change. The oil giant’s boss, speaking at a conference yesterday, said heavy industry, heavy-duty transport, chemicals and other industries will continue to rely on fossil fuels […]

Nestlé Pledges Zero Waste to Landfill, Expands Recycled Content

Nestlé has committed to achieve zero waste to landfill status in all US factories by 2020 and pledged to expand its use of recycled content to by the end of 2016. Both waste management commitments coincide with the release of Nestlé’s second corporate sustainability report, published this week. Nestlé’s Creating Shared Value (CSV) report says […]

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