Oak Ridge City Council discussed an Extreme Energy Makeover Project being considered by TVA and the city during a recent work session at the Central Services Complex. The city wants to seek federal grant money and be apart of the state’s project to reduce energy consumption. The Tennessee Valley Authority has entered into a mitigation Continue reading ?
Huge solar and wind farms generated a lot of news this year while energy storage technologies also took center stage
Writer Steven Stromberg, writing in the Washington Post Partisan blog, offers this: Some environmentalists cheer the closing of nuclear plants, even though it makes the anti-carbon effort tougher, and they argue that the country should put all of the planet’s eggs into the renewables basket. Show More Summary
A new report commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation and Southern Environmental Law Center finds that exploding demand for wood as fuel in large power plants, driven by government incentives both here and in Europe, threatens some of the most biologically diverse forests in the world. read more
Tendril®, a provider of customer engagement solutions, today announced that client Owen Electric Cooperative (OEC) has been honored with the 2013 Smart Grid Visionary Award from Rural Smart Grid Summit. “Our mission is to provide new energy management solutions to our members in the face of increasing environmental regulation as a way to improve both Continue reading ?
Advocates for the Keystone pipeline got a roller coaster of a ride this week when the White House announced the appointment of Keystone opponent John Podesta to be White House counselor, only to follow up with an indication that Podesta would recuse himself from the review process for the project. read more
My late father’s old Air Force buddy related to me a few years back how he had drilled nineteen straight dry holes before finally bringing in a producer. Not only am I in awe of the man’s tenacity, I am amazed in the light of current events how he was able to raise the funds necessary to drill his twentieth well. read more
Westcountry business leaders have been told that the UK must switch to ‘smart’ systems to safeguard its energy supplies, rein in spiralling costs and avert power blackouts in the years ahead. The Devon and Cornwall Business Council held a full council meeting held at the South West Energy Centre in Paignton last week, to discuss Continue reading ?
It’s hardly the coming of the Jetsons, especially when it comes to how we manage energy use in the home, but this past year has seen some notable movement in how utilities are leveraging thermostats in the home, and companies are connecting services in new ways. read more
Statoil is trying to turn flaring losses into an opportunity. Statoil is working with General Electric in North Dakota’s Bakken oil field on a low-cost prototype to strip natural gas liquids, including butane and propane, out of the gas currently flared from oil operations, the New York Times reports. These liquids can be compressed and […]
The EPA accused Chevron of 62 violations of federal environmental law, related to an August 2012 fire at a Richmond, Calif., refinery that released a huge gas cloud and sent thousands of people to the hospital. The agency called risk management at the facility “a pervasive failure,” saying the company failed to maintain refinery equipment and to respond […]
Made in Catalonia, Spain’s first renewable energy cooperative Som Energia (We Are Energy) is pioneering citizen-led local energy production in the acutely recession-struck country – and gaining a great deal of recognition across Europe too. read more
Google is reportedly in the process of testing multiple Internet-connected thermostats. Much like the popular unit from Nest, the goal is to help users control power use and make the grid more efficient in general according to two people briefed on the matter as reported by The Information. The program is known as EnergySense and Continue reading ?
Seventy-five Chambers of Commerce from across the US have filed an Amicus Curiae brief objecting to the EPA’s authority to regulate air pollution, which is currently before the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court heard the EPA’s arguments in the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule case last week and most of the eight judges hearing the case […]
SolarCity has unveiled a smart energy storage system to address two major pain points for business: rising utility demand charges and increasing grid outages. SolarCity DemandLogic™ can allow businesses to reduce energy costs by using stored electricity to reduce peak demand, and can also provide backup power during grid outages. Show More Summary
Genetically modified crops — that can feed 9 billion by 2050 and tolerate heat, drought and disease — are the future of sustainable agriculture, writes David Rotman, editor of MIT Technology Review. Crops yields have slowed, Rotman says. Wheat yields are growing at about 1 percent annually; they need to increase about 2 percent annually […]
The EPA announced Tuesday it has released screening data on 1,800 chemicals found in industrial and consumer products, food additives and drugs. The data, which was gathered through a variety of advanced techniques including robotics...Show More Summary
A Santa Clara County judge has ordered paint manufacturers Sherwin-Williams, NL Industries and ConAgra to put $1.1 billion into a state-held fund that will be used to clean up lead paint toxins in California cities and counties, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Ten cities and counties sued the paint industry in 2000; although the […]
Total global sales for light duty stop-start vehicles (SSVs) will exceed 55 million by 2022, accounting for 54.3 percent of total vehicle sales, according to Navigant Research. By 2020, 82.8 percent of vehicles in Western Europe will have the stop-start feature, along with 69.9 percent of vehicles sold in Asia Pacific and 42.6 percent in […]
Green building in North America will continue its strong growth in 2014, with the ongoing expansion of commercial real estate construction together with government, university, nonprofit and school construction, says Yudelson Associates’ founder, Jerry Yudelson, a LEED Fellow. Show More Summary