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Renewable Energy Accounts For All New U.S. Power In July

13 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

All new U.S. electrical generating capacity put into service in July came from renewable energy sources, according to the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Citing the FERC statistics, renewable energy advocacy group the SUN DAY Campaign says 379 MW of wind, 21 MW of solar and 5 MW Continue reading ?

DOE Report: U.S. Wind Power Prices Reach All-Time Low

16 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

U.S. wind power prices have reached an all-time low, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The 2013 Wind Technologies Market Report, which details trends seen in the U.S. wind industry last year, says the national average levelized price of wind power purchase Continue reading ?

In California, Earthquake Damages Wineries but not Nuclear Plant

The Associated Press yesterday ran a sensationalized account of an internal Nuclear Regulatory Commission dispute over the seismic safety of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. It actually wasn't much of a dispute insomuch as oneShow More Summary

Huawei Gathers ICT and Power Industry Experts to Explore Better Connected Smart Grids

19 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, hosted its second Global Power Industry Summit in Brisbane, Australia from August 21 to 22, 2014. Themed “Innovative ICT Empowers Better Connected...Show More Summary

Aspen Institute’s Panel Discussion on American Energy Leadership

The above panel discussion — moderated by Coral Davenport, who is an Energy and Environment Policy Reporter for The New York Times — features three energy and policy experts. Meghan O’Sullivan is a professor of International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Show More Summary

Breaking Free of Big Oil: Despite Oil Company Opposition, California is Moving Toward a Cleaner Future

The results of California’s latest cap-and-trade auction were released, marking another milestone in the state’s landmark climate and clean energy law, AB 32, which put limits on harmful climate pollution. But playing out in the background, the oil industry’s long-running campaign against AB 32 continues to escalate. read more

Upholding FERC Order 1000 Unlocks Efficiency and Spurs Clean Energy Solutions

Because the power grid crosses state and utility boundaries, a coordinated planning approach to electricity transmission (that is, moving electricity from one place to another) is more efficient and cost effective than multiple entities planning in isolation. read more

This week’s smart grid (and smart water) wins: projects, milestones and a merger

22 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

Apparently it’s been a good week in the smart grid and related sectors. Read our selection of smart grid wins to learn about some of the companies that make the grid modernization initiative possible (and smart water too). via Smart Grid: This week’s smart grid (and smart water) wins: projects, milestones and a merger.

Failed Fuel Cell Maker Lilliputian, Cleantech VC, and Due Diligence

Failed MIT spinout and consumer fuel cell startup Lilliputian Systems faces the sell-off of its assets and IP after more than twelve years of development and hype, $150 million in VC investment and dozens of press releases attesting to the strength of its portable charging technology. read more

Tyson Foods Toxic Chemical Release Could Cost It $500M

Tyson Foods, currently under investigation by the EPA over the release of toxic chemicals at a plant in Monett, Mo., could lose around $500 million in government contracts if found guilty, The City Wire reports. The company, which says it’s cooperating with the EPA in its investigation, sent Aliment tainted wastewater into Monett’s wastewater plant, […]

Nearly 100% of New Generating Capacity This Year is Advanced Energy

Advanced energy is on the march. A new report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) shows that, of all the new electric generating capacity installed in the U.S. since January, more than 97 percent was advanced energy. read more

Is Your Utility Data Collection Process Outdated? 7 Questions to Ask

Does your energy management process bring about thoughts of efficiency, reliability and automation, or are you concerned this process is manual, outdated and a big risk to your company? Organizations around the world are facing pressure from their customers, regulators, and economics to improve sustainability performance. Show More Summary

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in Idaho

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has never hidden his support for nuclear energy. In 2011, before he took up his current post, he wrote an article for Foreign Affairs surveying the nuclear landscape, finding some sump holes and crevices...Show More Summary

The Challenge of Financing Nuclear Plants - Financing Energy Requires Huge Investment

Quite often we hear about the problem of attracting financing to support new build nuclear projects. While it is easy to agree that financing nuclear projects is a big challenge, in my view difficulty securing financing is not the issue – rather it is a symptom of a number of other very important issues that are the root cause. read more

TODAY’S STUDY: U.S. WIND RIGHT NOW

2013 Wind Technologies Market Report Ryan Wiser, Mark Bolinger, et al, August 18, 2014 (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Executive Summary Annual wind power capacity additions in the United States were modest in 2013, but all signals point to more-robust growth in 2014 and 2015. Show More Summary

QUICK NEWS, August 26: CLIMATE MODELS PROVE RIGHT AGAIN; ABOUT INVESTING IN SOLAR; GM VS TESLA IN THE 200 MILE RACE

CLIMATE MODELS PROVE RIGHT AGAIN Unpacking unpaused global warming – climate models got it right; Global surface warming has slowed down due to internal and external factors, consistent with climate model predictions that account for...Show More Summary

The Evolution of 'Just-in-Time' for Utilities

The electric utility sector has been quite successful at managing power on a just-in-time basis. It had to be just-in-time, because since the days of Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, there were very few cost-effective ways to store energy, and those options were mostly limited to solutions like pumped hydro. read more

U.S. wind energy industry is doing quite well too (It’s not all about solar)

The U.S. wind energy industry generally gets overlooked as the solar industry grabs the biggest share of the spotlight in the renewables world. Solar is getting cheaper almost by the day. Many expect rooftop solar coupled with energy storage to be the next big thing, and the net metering debate continues. But two new Energy Continue reading ?

New Brunswick Begins Ingenious Fracking Research

In a brilliant initiative that I wish was implemented sooner, New Brunswick is going to investigate water quality in locations where hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations to extract oil and natural gas from shale are likely to happen – before they happen. read more

Appliances Sustainability Standard Developed

The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), CSA Group and UL Environment have released AHAM 7002-2014/CSA SPE-7002-14/UL 7002, Sustainability Standard for Household Portable and Floor Care Appliances, the first voluntary sustainability standard for such appliances. Show More Summary

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