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Yes, Virginia, There is CCS

Yes, Virginia, there is CCS. It exists as certainly as amine separation, compressors and drilling rigs exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life energy and mobility. Alas! How dreary and warm might the world be someday be if there is no CCS! read more

A Snapshot of Germany's Electricity Mix: Solar Capacity Reigns, but Coal Generation Sustains

Germany was one of the few countries in the world to take a no-excuses approach to developing renewable energy by creating a highly ambitious set of policies to promote localized, distributed generation. In many ways, the policies were a resounding success. But Germany is also facing some hard realities. read more

Essence: 2014 Was Landmark Year for Internet of Things (IoT), 2015 to Continue Trend

Essence, the leading provider of IoT, cloud-based connected-living solutions, predicts another year of solid growth for the Internet of Things and Smart Solutions for the connected life. “2014 saw rapid growth across the connected home space, including significant investments from big players like Google and Apple. Show More Summary

Power Sector Employment Declines, Except for Renewable Electricity Generators

The electric power generation sector lost more than 5,800 jobs from January 2011 through June 2014 despite a gain of nearly 1,800 non-hydro renewable electricity generation jobs, according to the latest data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. read more

How Dangerous is LNG?

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is often regarded as extremely dangerous and toxic with container ships called floating bombs. But is this perception accurate? The historical reality is that LNG has the best safety record of all common fuel types and is completely non-toxic. read more

XTO Energy to Pay $3M to Restore Fracking Areas

XTO Energy, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil and the US’ largest holder of natural gas reserves, will spend an estimated $3 million to restore eight sites damaged by unauthorized discharges of fill material into streams and wetlands in connection with hydraulic fracturing operations, according to the EPA and the US Department of Justice. XTO will also […]

Global 500 Firms’ GHG Emissions Rise

Greenhouse gas emissions from the world’s 500 largest businesses rose 3.1 percent from 2010 to 2013, according to a Thomson Reuters report written in collaboration with BSD Consulting. During this time the UN says major companies should have seen a 4.2 percent reduction to keep global temperatures within a 2 degrees Celsius increase to limit […]

What is the Environmental Cost of Internet of Things?

While the internet of things has the potential to help reduce global GHG emissions and increase supply chain efficiency, the thousands of sensors and smart devices — once they reach end of life — may come at a steep environmental cost, says a Computer World article. Bettina Tratz-Ryan, research VP and green IT specialist with […]

Portable Hydrogen Device Improves Fuel Efficiency, Tests Show

Vydrotech, a hydrogen-enhanced fuel systems manufacturer, says testing shows its Portable Hydrogen Device can improve fuel efficiency by more than 10 percent. The PHD provides just in time hydrogen injection for diesel engines to improve both performance and emissions without the need for storage of hydrogen created from simple tap water, the company says. The […]

Minimizing Waste, Packaging at Signode

How Signode implements its sustainability initiatives and uses fewer materials in its products.

Utility Distribution Microgrids are Expected to Reach Nearly $6 Billion in Annual Revenue by 2023

A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the global market opportunity for utility distribution microgrids (UDMs), including global market forecasts for capacity and implementation revenue through 2023. In the last 2 years, market activity around microgrids owned and operated by utilities, or UDMs, has expanded rapidly. Show More Summary

National Program Aims to Expand Minority Participation in Energy Sector

It's no secret that minorities are underrepresented in the energy field. In the United States, Hispanics, African Americans, and American Indians make up 24 percent of the overall workforce, yet only account for nine percent of the country’s science and engineering workforce. read more

China vs. the U.S.: Which Has the Bigger Internet of Things Opportunity?

Both China and the U.S. are building new products and networks that allow formerly unconnected products to communicate with each other and with us. This “Internet of Things”, or IoT, is one of the fastest-growing technology segments, with Cisco Systems estimating its global value will hit $19 trillion by 2020. In China, telecoms are leading Continue reading ?

Buffett’s Smart-Grid Idea Takes Over Your Washing Machine

Warren Buffett wants to tell you the best time to wash your clothes. Or at least his energy company in the U.K does. Buffett’s Northern Powergrid Holdings Co. is working with Siemens AG (SIE) to test a so-called smart grid that has the ability to control when consumer appliances will be used in the home. Continue reading ?

Christmas In The Trenches, The 100th Anniversary

Long-time NewEnergyNews readers will recognize John McCutcheon’s song as a Christmas tradition here. It is getting more attention than usual this year because it is the 100th anniversary of the events on which the song is based. From...Show More Summary

Must We Change? Can We Change?

In asking and answering these questions, this guy is pointing – as he always has – in the only real direction to go. Give him 10 minutes. From Julio Ruiz via YouTube Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];ifShow More Summary

The Miracle In The Miracle On 34th Street

You gotta believe!!! From the 1955 TV version/airdropper1987 via YouTube Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="//";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

Good Energy Reading for the Beach?

Here are a couple books I’ve come across or that colleagues have recommended. Any thoughts, loyal blog readers? If you’ve read these books, which would you recommend? Any others to add to the list? read more

Texas Grid Regulator Cites Very Little Burden in Complying with EPA's Clean Power Plan

Well, it didn’t take long before the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) released, at the request of Texas’ very political Public Utilities Commission, another report about the impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) rules designed to protect public health. read more

From Court Battles to International Expansion, a Look at the State of Demand Response

Last December, we got it right when forecasting demand response trends for this year, but we did not foresee one major hit to the market: the decision by a U.S. Court of Appeals to vacate FERC Order 745. This year, we'll look at what mattered this year and how those factors will carry over into next year. read more

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