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The Utility Shift To Energy Solutions Provision

The Climate Spectator has a pair of articles looking at how Australian utilities are trying to avoid the utility death spiral - partly by resisting change and partly by trying to work out how to adapt to i. The first article looks at...Show More Summary

U.S. wind capacity to double by 2020

The U.S. continues to lead the world in wind energy, ranking second in installed capacity, according to two reports released recently by the Department of Energy. The wind market in the United States remains strong due to increasing wind energy generation of decreasing wind technology prices, driving the U.S. closer to doubling wind power generation Continue reading ?

Is Storage Necessary for Renewable Energy?

Engineering.com has a look at an Amory Lovins presentation on our ability to switch to 100% renewable energy even without energy storage - Is Storage Necessary for Renewable Energy?. Physicist and energy expert Amory Lovins, chief scientist...Show More Summary

Powering Australia

The Australian is running a poll on energy related issues in Australia - it's one of the few reasons I could think of visiting it (just long enough to vote) - Powering Australia. Is Australia investing enough in renewable energy? 96% say no. Vote now: http://t.co/9UHTGhB0KY #PoweringAustralia pic.twitter.com/m4ti3tO1l0 — The Australian (@australian) August 26, 2014

Nuclear Energy Sets Forth in Ghana

An energy professional with the great name of Jude Nuru writes on Ghanaweb: It is worth mentioning that the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission has over the years successfully operated a nuclear plant on a small scale which has been of significant benefit to Ghanaians health wise. Show More Summary

U.S. Liquid Fuels Production Growth more than Offsets Unplanned Supply Disruptions

Record-setting liquid fuels production growth in the United States has more than offset the rise in unplanned global supply disruptions over the past few years, although differences in quality and location suggest that the substitution may not be exactly 1-for-1. read more

Can Modular Desalination Provide Cheap, Clean Water and Demand Response Too?

The process of desalination isn’t nearly as energy-intensive as it was just a decade ago, thanks to new reverse-osmosis plant designs and nano-structured membranes that have drastically improved the energy efficiency of turning salt water into fresh water. read more

CESA: Combining solar with energy storage the future of clean energy

Green Mountain Power (GMP) has begun construction on a “solar + storage microgrid” project in Rutland, Vt., which is being partially funded a federal-state-NGO partnership involving the State of Vermont; the U.S. Department of Energy...Show More Summary

Climate Change Boosts Some Arctic Industries

Shipping, fishing and tourism in the Arctic are getting a boost from climate change — but at a price, says Reuters, adding the economic benefits aren’t a “cold rush.” Temperatures in the Arctic are rising twice as fast at the world average. This thaw has brought new industries to the icy region: a first cruise ship […]

New Study: America's Data Centers Consuming, and Wasting, Growing Amounts of Energy

All of our online activity is delivered through nearly 3 million data centers across America, from small closets and larger server rooms, to mammoth “cloud” server farms. Their explosive growth is gulping huge amounts of energy, and despite some efficiency improvements much of it is still wasted. read more

CLIMATE CHANGE – IT GETS WORSE

Severe, Pervasive, Irreversible: IPCC's Devastating Climate Change Conclusions Jon Queally, August 27, 2014 (Common Dreams via Center for Media and Democracy) “Climate change is here. Climate change is now. Climate change will be significantly...Show More Summary

WHERE AND HOW WIND IS GROWING IN THE WORLD

Europe Dominates World Wind Power Share, But Trails in Capacity Matt Petronzio, August 24, 2014 (Mashble) “…Most of the leading countries with the highest percentages of wind energy in 2013 were located in Europe…Denmark tops the list,...Show More Summary

CHINA TO LEAD SOLAR MARKET GROWTH DESPITE OBSTACLES

Led by China, Solar Market to Grow 75% to 65.6 GWp in 2019; The market will average 8% annual growth despite new challenges such as trade disputes with China and changes in global policy… August 26, 2014 (Lux Research) "Led by China,...Show More Summary

THE ENORMOUS POTENTIAL OF WORLD GEOTHERMAL

Geothermal power approaches 12,000 megawatts worldwide J. Matthew Roney, August 27, 2014 (Earth Policy Institute via Blouin News) “In 2013, world geothermal electricity-generating capacity grew 3% to top 11,700 megawatts across 24 countries…[It]...Show More Summary

Energy Quote of the Day: On US Coal Exports to Asia Reducing Global Carbon Emissions

With US natural gas production growth and subsequent natural gas price declines coal has been backed out of the power generation fuel mix to some extent. As a result, US coal producers are exporting greater volumes to European and Asian buyers. read more

Is Storage Necessary for Renewable Energy?

Physicist and energy expert Amory Lovins, chief scientist at The Rocky Mountain Institute, recently released a video in which he claims that renewable energy can meet all of our energy needs without the need for a fossil fuel or nuclear baseload generation. There’s nothing unusual about that – many people have made that claim – Continue reading ?

Hyatt Sets 2020 Environmental Goals

Hyatt Hotels has committed to reducing water use per guest night by 25 percent by 2020 — one of the hotel chain’s new environmental goals announced yesterday. The Hyatt 2020 Vision sets targets across three focus areas: use resources thoughtfully, build smart, and innovate and inspire. Use Resources Thoughtfully: Hyatt says it will identify ways […]

Food Companies to Report Chemicals to FDA

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, whose 300-plus members include the Coca-Cola Company, General Mills and Kraft Foods, has launched an initiative that will, among other things, give the FDA access to a database of food companies’ safety information for chemicals and other ingredients used in processed foods. The GMA says it’s an effort to improve the […]

Materials Innovation: Designing Better Surfaces for Energy

Solid core material is almost a given for technology. But just because the guts are right doesn’t guarantee success. The surface layer, in fact, can hold the key in some applications. Yet its importance is still easy to overlook. This area is where Bilge Yildiz keeps her focus. read more

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