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Brent Ridge, Energy Northwest’s Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, contributes an editorial to the webzine Clearing Up, which covers energy issues in the northwest. He notes that Columbia Generating Station has been operating without incident for almost 30 years. Show More Summary

Silver Spring Networks Wins Frost & Sullivan Smart Grid Solutions Company of the Year Award

25 minutes agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

Silver Spring Networks, Inc. (NYSE:SSNI – News) today announced that it was recognized with the Frost & Sullivan 2014 New Zealand Smart Grid Solutions Company of the Year award. In New Zealand’s retailer led, disaggregated market, Silver...Show More Summary

Would Solar Roadways Work? A Government Engineer Discusses the Controversial Technology

In 2009, after a couple years of tinkering in their driveway, the Brusaws secured a $100,000 grant from the Department of Transportation for their company, Solar Roadways. "I didn't need that much money to have a bunch of professors write a paper. So I asked [the DOT] if we could simply build a prototype," said Scott Brusaw. read more

Comparing Clean Energy Benefits: Forward-Looking Analyses Are Key

Good science should spark debate. It’s the nature of the field, after all. You ask questions, search for data and then debate what it means or what actions the data should spur. Such a debate is underway now, and it is adding fuel to an old fire. read more

Barack Obama, the King of Climate Change

Patrick J. Michaels The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their plant-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress. — New York Times, Aug. Show More Summary

Enel Teams with University on Smart Grid Engineering Course

Enel Distribuzione and the Polytechnic University of Milan are collaborating on a post-graduate degree in electrical engineering that focuses on smart grids. The goal aim is to provide specialist training program that supplement traditional courses for electrical engineers. Show More Summary

Mexico's Solar Panel Tariff, Chile's Glacier Law, Brazil's Deforestation Gang

The BCIE expects to invest $500 million in Central America for renewable energy power generation, especially in Costa Rica, Honduras and Panama. While 65 percent of energy produced throughout Central America comes from renewable sources, that figure represents only 7 percent of the region’s energy potential. read more

‘Green Bonds’ and What Makes Them Green

There’s been a surge of interest among companies in issuing green bonds to raise capital to invest in renewable energy and other environmental improvement projects, helping them to achieve their sustainability goals. Proceeds from Unilever’s...Show More Summary

Pioneers in 2015: Companies in the Energy and Clean Tech Space

According to the World Economic Forum, its Technology Pioneers program recognizes “companies – normally in a start-up phase – from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies, and are set to have a significant impact on business and society.” read more

Iowa Ruling Shows the Way to Third-Party Solar Without Legislation

A ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court in July showed how third party solar might get the go-ahead even without legislation. In 2011, the city of Dubuque contacted Eagle Point Solar to install a PV system on a city building. Since public entities can’t benefit from tax credits, third-party ownership translates into lower costs. read more

Terrestrial Energy – Molten Salt Reactor Designed to Be Commercial Success

There is a growing roster of innovative organizations populated by people who recognize that nuclear technology is still in its infancy. Terrestrial Energy is one of the most promising of those organization because of its combination of problem solving technology, visionary leadership, and strong focus on meeting commercial needs. Show More Summary

Top trends in smart home technology for 2015 and beyond

Home is where the heart is, and now thanks to home automation, it’s also where technology thrives. More people want smart home features that let them control their spaces while increasing energy efficiency and cutting waste. In fact, the smart home market is forecasted to hit $12.8 billion by 2017 in North America and Europe Continue reading ?

TODAY’S STUDY: MANAGING THE COSTS OF BRINGING NEW ENERGY INTO THE GRID

Strategies for Mitigating the Reduction in Economic Value of Variable Generation with Increasing Penetration Levels Andrew Mills and Ryan Wiser, March 2014 (Lawrence Berkeley National Labs) Executive Summary Overview Previously, Mills...Show More Summary

QUICK NEWS, September 2: NEW ENERGY IS 22% OF WORLD ELECTRICITY, & GROWING; ELECTRIC SPEEDSTER CHARGES WIRELESSLY; NUCLEAR FALLOUT AT FUKUSHIMA

NEW ENERGY IS 22% OF WORLD ELECTRICITY, & GROWING Renewable energy capacity grows at fastest ever pace; Green technologies now produce 22% of world's electricity Terry Macalister, 28 August 2014, (UK Guardian) “Wind, solar and otherShow More Summary

Amidst International Turmoil, America's Shale Energy Provides Security

Current events have only underscored the urgent need for greater diversity in global LNG and crude oil trade, and in particular the need for greater international oil and gas supplies from stable countries—a long-standing goal of U.S. energy policy. read more

Global Biofuels Status Update

Robert Rapier has an article on biofuels drawing on the recent Renewables 2014 Global Status Report (the BP for this year is also out) - Global Biofuels Status Update. Global biofuel production falls primarily into three categories;Show More Summary

Vestas Wins First Order For Biggest Offshore Wind Turbine

Bloomberg reports that Vestas has made its first sale of their 8MW wind turbine model - Vestas Wins First Order For Biggest Offshore Wind Turbine. Vestas Wind Systems won its first commercial order for the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine, pending buyer Dong Energy’s final investment decision in a U.K. Show More Summary

Chiquita Fights Back Against Lawsuit

Chiquita Brands International tells Environmental Leader that it’s considering filing a counter suit against a nonprofit group that has sued Chiquita for deceptive advertising, alleging that the company “advertises that its bananas are...Show More Summary

Fossil Fuel Divestment: A $5 Trillion Challenge or Opportunity?

Skeptics dismiss divestment as a peripheral threat to fossil fuel’s dominance, but it’s a major opportunity in the fight to decarbonize our society and slow the expanding impacts of climate change. In theory, divestment works; in practice, at least so far, divestment has proven tricky. read more

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