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Another blogger for Nuclear Energy – Evan Twarog

Atomic Insights is expanding. I’d like to introduce our newest writer, Evan Twarog. Some of you may recognize his name; in the friendly world of pro-nuclear bloggers, Evan has made a name for himself as a bright young man who started...Show More Summary

AkzoNobel Additive Makes Roads Safer, Cuts CO2

AkzoNobel has launched an additive for road salt that helps to protect against frost damage and makes driving safer. Inspired by the ability of certain animals to withstand cold and prevent ice forming in their bodies, Ecosel AsphaltProtection is a fully biodegradable additive for de-icing brine. It works by slowing the freezing process, resulting in […]

ZeroHouse has impressive numbers

First came smart bombs, then smart phones, then smart cars that park and drive themselves. Now we’ve got built-to-order smart homes that are energy- and water-efficient and so technologically advanced, they produce as much energy as they use. A model home, called ZeroHouse 3.0, shows off all its futuristic features in the Blackstone community off Continue reading ?

Patagonia’s Commitment to 100% Traceable Down

To ensure the humane treatment of birds that supply down, as of fall 2014 Patagonia uses only 100 percent traceable down. The company traces it from farm to factory to make sure the birds that supplied it were never force-fed or live-plucked, and that its down is never blended with down from sources it can’t […]

Five Principles For Taming the Wild West of Beyond the Grid Clean Energy Policy

Misguided and inappropriate safeguards threaten to handicap some of the most dynamic and innovative approaches to ending energy poverty for 1.3 billion people around the world. That's the finding of a report which proposes five policy principles to ensure clean energy access markets thrive. read more

Keen Home Announces $1.52M in Seed Funding; Launches Smart Vent

Keen Home, the new startup bringing to life an automated, intelligent and digitally connected home, announced on Wednesday (October 29th) $1.52M in seed funding. Led by RMR Capital, with participation from R/GA Ventures, Bullet TimeShow More Summary

Utilities Expect Strong Competition in Build-Out of U.S. Electrical Grid

17 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

Utilities see themselves losing ground to new competitors as the U.S. strives to significantly expand and strengthen its electrical grid, according to a Mortenson Construction survey of utility executives and the engineers and suppliers that support them at the 2014 IEEE PES Transmission & Distribution Conference. Show More Summary

Army, NREL partner on large-scale net zero energy pilot

20 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

You’ve read about net zero energy homes and buildings as well as net zero subdivisions and districts. Now the U.S. Army is getting in on the act via a partnership with DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory to find out if net zero Army installations are a possibility. The Army and NREL are undertaking the pilot Continue reading ?

From the HPS President – Health Physics News November 2014

This is a reprint of an article published in HP News, an official publication of the Health Physics Society ( Neither the Health Physics Society nor the author of the article have any affiliation with Atomic Insights. Barbara Hamrick, CHP, JD, HPS Fellow At 2:46 p.m. Show More Summary

Are Loan Guarantees the Right Answer for Catalyzing Development of CDR Solutions?

The USDA recently announced a $91M loan guarantee for Cool Planet’s biofuel and biochar facility in Louisiana. Loan guarantees from the US government are a critical way for early stage companies to reduce their cost of capital for capital-intensive projects. read more

China Seizes Opportunity to Fill Its Petroleum Reserve. Should Others?

China is apparently snapping up cheap oil cargoes to fill its strategic petroleum reserve. That might make sense for the US, too, if it was earmarked for new regional SPRs, rather than refilling the existing one on the Gulf. The Wall St. Show More Summary

Lockheed’s fusion sales pitch

Please count me as an extreme skeptic on the possibility of anything useful coming from the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works fusion project described in the below commercial. The only explanation I can think of for the recent hype and attention...Show More Summary

Is Renewable Energy Less Effective Than Energy Efficiency at Reducing CO2 Emissions?

The policies to implement worldwide renewable energy build-outs are, as of yet, far from sufficient to reduce global CO2 emissions. At the same time, I believe these policies are yielding significant adverse results regarding economic competitiveness. read more

Flexible Pollution Rules can Boost the Economy: 5 Reasons Why

Nobody likes being told what to do. Gina McCarthy, head of Environmental Protection Agency, knows that. So she asked her agency to craft a plan that leaves it up to states to shape their energy future – as long as they cut carbon emissions from power plants. read more

NTU to build region’s first renewable energy integration demonstration micro-grid

23 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU Singapore) will be building a hybrid micro-grid which will integrate multiple large-scale renewable energy sources. The first in the region, the hybrid micro-grid will test and demonstrate...Show More Summary

Less CO2, More Profit? Absolutely!

I find it difficult to believe that even in this day and age that companies still need to be provided with incentives to ensure that they are operating in a carbon-friendly manner. If your moral compass isn’t guiding you, then the driver should at least be to ensure your organizations’ business continuity and profitability. Several organizations […]

Want Green Power? Try Community Choice Aggregation

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) or municipal aggregation, is defined as an energy policy that can promote distributed and/or renewables generation through community-based contracts with electricity suppliers. The community acts as an aggregator, and residents within it are automatically part of that CCA. read more

How Would We Provide Enough Energy For 11 Billion People?

Due to a slowing of birth rates, predictions of a world of 12 billion by 2100 or sooner seemed to be wrong. Population estimates in the last decade, including from the United Nations, began to focus on an eventual plateau around 9 billion. But now it appears those lower forecasts might have been too optimistic. read more


Moving to a Low Carbon Economy: The Impact of Different Policy Pathways on Fossil Fuel Asset Values David Nelson, Morgan Hervé-Mignucci, Andrew Goggins, Sarah Jo Szambelan, Thomas Vladeck, Julia Zuckerman, October 2014 (Climate Policy...Show More Summary

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