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ACEEE to EPA: Add Building Codes to Clean Power Plan

Building codes should be a part of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, and omitting them means missing an opportunity for substantial energy savings, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The Clean Power Plan, proposed on June 2, is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fired electric-generating units. Show More Summary

Dow’s Water Fight Pits Manufacturers Against Agriculture

Dow Chemical’s claims to water rights from Texas’ Brazos River are pitting the manufacturing giant against farmers, cities, power plants and local water authorities as the river’s water supply diminishes, the Texas Tribune reports. Dow is the Brazos’ largest and oldest user, the latter of which gives the company priority against other users. The chemicals […]

Paper Cup Recycling Group Formed

Mondelez International, Mars Drinks and Nestlé Professional are among the founding members of an industry group formed to drive recovery and recycling of paper cups. The Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group (PCRRG), a group of stakeholders of the paper cup supply chain, will be managed and coordinated by LRS Consultancy. Other members include: Benders […]

GE’s PowerOn systems helping utilities to work smarter : Enterprise Irregulars

22 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

We at GreenMonk have been researching and writing about the smart grid space for over six years now. It has long been a sector which resisted significant change, but no more. Several factors have come into play which has ensured that the smart grid we envisioned all those years ago, is now starting to come Continue reading ?

Top 5 EU Energy Issues: All You Need to Know for the Italian Presidency [VIDEO]

Hughes Belin, leading energy journalist for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, picks out the top 5 energy issues that will be discussed by the European institutions under the Italian Presidency, including the security of supply as the crisis between Ukraine and Russia continues. read more

Solectria inverters selected for 7 solar power projects in Massachusetts

Solar photovoltaic inverter manufacturer Solectria Renewables announced it will supply SMARTGRID Inverters for seven solar projects in Massachusetts. The company’s inverters are helping the state meet its renewable energy target of 1.6 gigawatts of solar power by 2020 and was selected by Innovative Engineering Solutions, Inc. Show More Summary

Smart Grid: Smart meters trapped between benefits and dangers, claims Forbes

Just when you think it’s safe to go back in the water, the smart meter debate has been elevated to the national level by several publications, including Forbes. Smart meter installations in the United States are expected to progress steadily over the next 10 years. That is because they offer a range of benefits to Continue reading ?

Ignoring the Law of Supply and Demand

Randal O'Toole A recent report from Fannie Mae finds that baby boomers are not leaving their comfortable suburban homes for lively inner-city communities with walkable streets. As a news article about the report observes, this challenges...Show More Summary

NRG soaking up summer sun

On the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, June 21, NRG Energy generated more than 1,200 MW of solar power — enough electricity to support more than one million homes. Since the beginning of the year, NRG’s utility-scale solar facilities have collectively produced more than 957,000 MWh of electricity from 12 major Continue reading ?

Opportunity to use science to establish radiation standards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to solicit comments from the general public and affected stakeholders about 40 CFR 190, Environmental Radiation Protection Standards for Nuclear Power Operations. Show More Summary

Energy Quote of the Day: Cannabis Growing Uses 'A Staggering Amount of Electricity'

As states decriminalize marijuana use for personal consumption and several states move forward with medical use legislation, the subsequent explosion of indoor grow operations has gotten utilities’ attention. There is a concern the energy-intensive “indoor agriculture” could strain the grid. read more

Federal Budget Stunts like Blocking Enforcement of Light Bulb Standards Put U.S. Jobs at Risk

The Republican-backed federal spending bill is set to become a vehicle for a number of misguided legislative maneuvers wholly unrelated to the budget and aimed at blocking programs that help Americans save energy while cutting harmful pollution. read more

DNV GL To Launch Joint Industry Project Focused On Grid Energy Storage

DNV GL, a global energy advisory and testing company, has announced the GRIDSTOR joint industry project. DNV GL says the project will aim to develop a recommended practice to drive the safe and secure implementation of grid-connected energy storage systems forward and to accelerate the integration of renewable energy sources into the grid. via Renew Continue reading ?

Potential H2 Fueling Stations Identified in California

A number of existing gas stations in California can safely store and dispense hydrogen, suggesting that a larger network of hydrogen fueling stations may soon be possible, according to a study by Sandia National Laboratories. Several...Show More Summary

Energy Politics is Often More About Location than Party

Massachusetts has a large influence on energy policy making. Even without any congressmen or senators on key committees and without any large energy corporations in the state, it is the home of the Secretary of Energy, the EPA Administrator, and the acting FERC chairman. read more

ZDHC Group Publishes Audit Protocol Report

The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Group is developing and testing a comprehensive environmental audit protocol tool that will be used to ensure continuous strong environmental performance and improvement throughout the supply chain. Show More Summary

Goldman Sachs Supports Methane Policy: Why It Matters

Good energy policy ideas can come from all corners, and Wall Street is no exception. Goldman Sachs recently served up a powerful case for action on methane in a stroke of market logic grounded in data. In a recent report, the investment bank argues that environmental regulation is more than a necessary evil when it […]

MORE CLIMATE CHANGE, MORE KIDNEY STONES

Hot weather, climate change raise risk of painful health condition Agata Blaszczak-Boxe, July 10, 2014 (CBS News) “The hotter it gets, the more people seek treatment for kidney stones, according to a new study that also predicts climate...Show More Summary

NEW ENERGY INVESTMENT FUNDS RISING

Alternative-Energy Funds See Renewed Buying by Investors; The Sector Has Been Posting Gains Again, After Big Losses Erin McCarthy, July 6, 2014 (Wall Street Journal) “While the boom in U.S. natural gas has generated excitement amongShow More Summary

HOW NEW ENERGY HELPS ENERGY SYSTEM CYBER-SECURITY

Fact Check: Wind Plant Owners Are Leaders In Cyber-Security And Grid Reliability David Ward, July 4, 2014 (American Wind Energy Association) “…Cyber-security in the energy industry is an important news story…that has little to nothing...Show More Summary

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