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OTC 2015, Day 1: Elected officials ask oil and gas to keep improving communication

Every hero needs a sidekick, every dog needs its day, and every oil and gas conference has to talk about bettering communication with the public, it seems. The 2015 Offshore Technology Conference in Houston this week is no exception. Today is the first day of the conference, which regularly brings in about 90,000 attendees (or […]

The Nuclear Imperative in Taiwan, Tennessee, and Nevada

At the Washington Post, editorial board writer Stephen Stromberg surveys the energy scene in Taiwan: Taiwan imports about 98 percent of its energy supplies, mostly the fossil fuels that keep its fluorescent streetscapes flashing and its many factories humming. Show More Summary

EU approves financing for 50 MW of Portugal offshore wind, wave technology 

The European Commission (EC) is again increasing their support of renewable energy within the European Union (EU). The commission has determined that a new Portugese project falls within the scope of EU state aid rules. The project will include a variety of renewable projects, including wave energy, tidal energy, and offshore wind. The commission found […]

It's Not All About Oil and Gas in the Arctic

Recently, the US assumed the two-year rotating chairmanship of the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum, at the conclusion of the 2015 ministerial meeting in Iqaluit in Canada. The US has outlined a policy agenda with a focus on addressing the effects of climate change. read more

Electricity Use Could Soar as Global Middle Class Embraces Air Conditioning

As incomes rise, so does the demand for cooling. Can developing world grids handle it?


Regulatory capture and the Arizona Corporation Commission Nancy LaPlaca, April 23, 2015 (Tucson Weekly) The powerful giants of the fossil-fueled electricity system are facing choices to change their business models, as a result of two...Show More Summary


WHAT TESLA BATTERIES NEED TO SUCCEED Tesla's New Home Energy Storage Solution Still Needs Help to Be a Breakthrough; For Tesla’s cheap Gigafactory-produced battery cells to truly disrupt stationary energy storage, it needs more partnerships...Show More Summary

Utilities, Cheap Batteries Won't Hurt You; You Have Much Worse Things to Worry About - Part I: Assault and Battery

Some predict that lithium-ion batteries will become so cheap that homeowners and businesses will combine the technology with equally inexpensive solar panels and go off the grid. The scenario seems unlikely, but the debunking of this myth doesn't dispel all of a utility's fears. read more

Insteon Drives IoT Innovation With Microsoft at Microsoft’s Build Developer Conference 

Insteon®, creators of the world’s premier home automation and control technology, today announced the AllJoyn-enabled Insteon Hub, which brings more than 200 Insteon devices to the AllJoyn ecosystem. This announcement was revealed on stage by Joe Dada, CEO of Insteon at the Microsoft Build developer conference. Show More Summary

Tesla Powerwall: What Does It Mean For Renewables?

Tesla's Powerwall is not a technology breakthrough. It is revolutionary only in its timing, who is doing it and the fact that Musk and company offers the leadership and credibility to disrupt the energy industry and lead us down a path to clean distributed energy. read more

Ford F-150 Is First CNG/Propane-Capable Half-Ton Pickup

Ford today announced it will offer the 2016 F-150 with an available gaseous-fuel prep package that enables 5.0-liter V8-powered models to run on compressed natural gas or propane. Ford says it is the only manufacturer of a CNG/propane-capable half-ton pickup. Jon Coleman, Ford fleet sustainability and technology manager, says the company surveyed customers likely to […]

How Tesla's Energy Storage Play Could Take Flight - or Flop

Now that Tesla is finally lifting the curtain on its energy storage ambitions and future energy storage plans, let’s take a look at the challenges that the electric-vehicle upstart will face as it seeks to make itself into a behind-the-meter and grid battery kingpin. read more

An Economic Case For Governments To Make Sustainable Capital Investments

It’s hard to miss headlines about the perils of investing without considering climate change. From HSBC to the G20, institutional investors are concerned about inherent risks from failing to consider what happens when climate reality meets economic reality – but what about governments? read more

Zipato’s Modular Home Automation System: The Best Smart Home Platform?

One of the best home automation architectures I’ve ever seen comes from a Croatian company called Zipato. Don’t let the Croatia thing scare you. These guys think big and have a growing presence in Europe and North America.They’re not flash-in-the-pan Kickstarter-types either. I discovered them about three years ago at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) and […]

Water: Let’s Hear It for Conservation Innovation

With California residents being asked to scale back water consumption by 25 percent and the US Drought Monitor reporting that as of the end of March 2015, 36.8 percent of the contiguous United States is now experiencing moderate to severe drought conditions, it would appear there is little to cheer about when it comes to […]

Updated Conflict Minerals Reporting Template Online

The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative has published its new Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT 4.0). A multi-industry tool to facilitate transfer of information throughout the supply chain in support of conflict-free sourcing, CMRT 4.0 includes an updated Standard Smelter List and numerous translation improvements. Show More Summary

Cox Releases 2014 CSR Report

Cox Enterprises, the parent company of Cox Communications, Cox Automotive and Cox Media Group, released its 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, which includes an update on the company’s environmental progress. Among other accomplishments,...Show More Summary

AECOM-CH2M Joint Venture Awarded Environmental Cleanup at Oak Ridge

An AECOM-led joint venture with CH2M, commonly known as UCOR, has been authorized by the US Department of Energy to perform optional work within an existing contract to continue cleanup of Tennessee’s Oak Ridge Reservation. Since beginning work in August 2011, UCOR’s mission has been to remove environmental hazards and millions of square feet of […]

Enviro Groups Put the Squeeze on Capri Sun Packaging Waste

A coalition of environmental groups is pressuring Kraft Foods to reduce its Capri Sun packaging waste. According to the Make It, Take It Campaign, whose 14 members include Greenpeace, Natural Resources Defense Council and Sierra Club Extended Producer Responsibility Team, Kraft’s Capri Sun pouches that are made by bonding aluminum and several layers of plastic […]

DTE Energy to Receive COL for Fermi-3

Recently, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced that its commissioners had approved the award of a Construction and Operating License (COL) for DTE Energy’s prospective Fermi Unit 3, to be built on the site of the existing Fermi-2 near Detroit, Michigan. read more

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