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Trimble Enhances Software for Smart Water Infrastructure

Trimble has introduced an updated version of its smart water infrastructure mapping and work management software. Trimble Connect version 1.8 is the latest release of the cloud-based, geographic information system (GIS)-centric software,...Show More Summary

Ocean energy ROI questionable

In 2013, the wave and tidal energy market was valued at $25 million, and Transparency Market Research (TMR) anticipates that will reach $10.1 billion in 2020 — a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 64.1 percent from 2014 to 2020. When harnessed effectively, ocean could prove to be one of the largest reserves of clean Continue reading ?

Should the U.S. Implement a New 'Value-Added Carbon Tax' to Replenish the Federal Highway Trust Fund?

As Congress struggles to develop revenue generation solutions for needed Highway and Roads infrastructure projects the Federal Highway Trust Fund is going broke. Is it time to consider generating needed, long-term revenues by implementing a new tax such as a ‘value-added carbon tax’? read more

Power Over Pollution: How Legal Enforceability Will Drive Implementation of EPA's Power Plant Rule

Under EPA's Clean Power Plan proposal, states will submit plans to the EPA describing how they will meet 2030 carbon intensity targets. A state can include any strategy that will produce a quantifiable and verifiable reduction in carbon intensity, so long as it has legal authority to enforce its implementation. read more

High-Energy Africa

Six of the best performing economies have come from Africa in the past six years, but energy poverty continues to be a significant barrier for development goals. Sub-Saharan Africa will need to power its factories, hospitals, schools, and other foundational infrastructure with cheap and reliable sources of electricity. read more

The Climate Protection-Urban Expansion Nexus

Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities and this urban growth trend continues uninhibited at a fast clip. By 2050 it is projected that 67 per cent of the world’s population will consist of urban dwellers. They will have to deal with Climate Change. read more

A New Paper on Disaster Losses and Climate Change

A new paper appeared in Climatic Change this week by Visser et al. which looks at disasters and climate change. Like other studies and the IPCC assessment, Visser et al. find no trends in normalized disaster loses, looking at several metrics of economic and human losses. read more

How One Industry Association Would Transform the Grid

Back in January 2014 when we were still packing up holiday decorations, the Obama administration initiated a Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), a comprehensive survey of energy production, infrastructure, and transport in the United States. read more

Renewable Energy Provides 56 Percent of New Electrical Generation Capacity in First Half of 2014

The latest Energy Infrastructure Update report just released from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects states that wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and hydropower accounts for 55.7 percent of newly installed generating capacity in the U.S. for the first half of 2014. read more

Setting State Carbon Pollution Targets

In June, the EPA proposed the first-ever carbon pollution standards for fossil-fuel power plants. Since then, a bevy of pundits have been busy finding fault with various aspects of the proposal. For the most part, these critiques are off-base, failing to highlight the most important issues. read more

A boost for offshore wind energy? DOI offers commercial leases for development

Just in case you thought offshore wind energy was dead in the water, there has been a lot of activity in the past two months. Earlier this month the Department of the Interior announced that almost 80,000 acres off the Maryland shore will be available for commercial wind energy development in a competitive lease sale. Continue reading ?

Smart meter progress: What Britain is doing better than the U.S.

Britain’s electric power industry is joining forces for a nationwide campaign to explain smart meters. It will promote the devices as a platform for future lifestyle improvements. Smart Energy GB is a governmental organization funded by energy companies. It has just launched Phase One of a $145 million marketing plan. The initiative will highlight how Continue reading ?

Thread Group To Develop New IP-Based Wireless Networking Protocol

Recognizing the need for a new and better way to connect products in the home, seven companies recently formed the Thread Group to develop Thread, a new IP-based wireless networking protocol. The charter of the Thread Group is to guide the adoption of the Thread protocol. Thread Group founding members include Yale Security, Silicon Labs, Continue reading ?

Big wins for GRID20/20, Itron, Siemens and more smart grid companies

It’s an interesting mix of news in this week’s selection of smart grid wins. Check out projects and accomplishments from GRID20/20, Siemens, Itron and others. via Smart Grid: Big wins for GRID20/20, Itron, Siemens and more smart grid companies.

Cummins Engine Demonstrates Up to 80% CO2 Emissions Reductions

Cummins has developed an engine and powertrain that it says reduces CO2 emissions by as much as 80 percent compared with a baseline gasoline-powered medium-duty truck. The work was jointly funded by Cummins in partnership with the California Energy Commission (CEC). More than 1,000 miles and 1,500 hours have been accumulated on the Ethos 2.8L […]

CO2 Emissions Regulations from EPA Narrowed by Supreme Court

Since the US Supreme Court affirmed in 2007 that the Clean Air Act (CAA) provides the EPA with authority to regulate CO2 and other greenhouse gases, EPA has pursued a growing set of regulatory initiatives. In each, EPA has attempted to fit GHGs into statutory and regulatory programs originally designed for more conventional pollutants – […]


Cashing in on All of the Above: U.S. Fossil Fuel Production Subsidies under Obama July 2014 (Oil Change International) Executive Summary Each year, the U.S. federal and state governments give away more than $21 billion in subsidies to...Show More Summary


U.S. DOE FORESEES NEW ENERGY EIA projects modest needs for new electric generation capacity July 16, 2014 (U.S. Energy Information Administration) “The Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (AEO2014) Reference case projects 351 gigawatts (GW) of new electric generating additions between 2013 and 2040…U.S. Show More Summary

Smart Cities Using Smart Technology

Why would the ability of machines talking to machines benefit cities? Well if the machines are talking about how to better use resources such as electricity and water, then it’s a conversation that city administrators want to hear. With a rallying cry of “Aspiring to Create the Most Sustainable Urban Core in the Nation,” Charlotte, Continue reading ?

Nuclear Energy’s Unmatched Reliability

The following is a guest blog post by NEI’s Mitch Singer. Today, tomorrow and Thursday, we’ll be taking a closer look at how nuclear energy provides the critical margin on the electric grid when demand is at its highest in summer and winter. Show More Summary

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