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Nuclear Energy Is a Key Part of the Act

Think energy diversity Now, there’s nothing wrong with pointing out nuclear energy’s shortcomings, but AA Clearinghouse (a group, not a single person) on Storify really goes the extra mile. It kicks things off by noting that President Richard Nixon wanted 1000 nuclear units by the turn of the century. Show More Summary

Arizona Utility Blinks in Bitter Battle Over Rooftop Solar

Arizona’s largest utility is withdrawing a proposed increase for rooftop solar users amidst accusations of improper dealings with state regulators

IoT vigilante Linux.Wifatch ‘malware’ may be patching up security flaws

SECURITY OUTFIT SYMANTEC is reporting on a thing called Linux.Wifatch that might be a good guy type of internet threat that wants to solve problems with the Internet of Things.This sounds unusual and unlikely. A cyber Robin Hood, operating in the shadows and actually helping people out, sounds like anathema to the internet. To be […]

DuPont, EPA Reach Settlement After Fatal Chemical Explosion

DuPont has agreed to pay a fine of $724,000 in settlement of Clean Air Act violations relating to a fatal fire and explosion at its chemical plant in Tonawanda, New York. In the settlement, DuPont will spend $112,000 to purchase vapor and radiation detection equipment for the local fire department and to pay for training. […]

GE Taps into $225bn IoT Market with Predix Software Platform

General Electric unveiled, a dedicated cloud environment for app developers aimed at tapping into the $225 billion industrial Internet of Things market. According to the company, will create the world’s largest app marketplace for industry. Show More Summary

Green Manufacturing Needs To Go Global

Between 2012 and 2020, approximately 90% of the growth in the world’s electricity consumption will occur in emerging markets. By 2020, two-thirds of global energy consumption will be located in these same regions. Such a drastic growth of energy demand in these areas could spell trouble. read more

President Hillary Clinton Will Oppose Crude Oil Exports

Let’s take a look at Hillary’s energy proposals. Her energy policy proposals have been rife with pandering and flip-flops. Of course they all do it to some extent. John McCain wasn’t above it, flip-flopping on ethanol and pandering by proposing a cut in gasoline taxes leading up to the election. read more

80-Year Old Law Determines Whether Demand Response Can Bid in to Wholesale Electricity Markets

Demand response is an important tool for creating a flexible power grid. But the fate of a key financing and deployment mechanism for DR is now in the hands of the Supreme Court. This article explains the legal debate and concludes that the court's decision could have implications for other energy technologies. read more

Servicing One Turbine After the Other: Living and Working on a Wind Farm

Christened, the “Esvagt Faraday”, Siemens’ new SOV, is now in operation on German offshore wind farms. Ingo Bischof, Project Manager for the Butendiek wind farm in the North Sea, has just returned from a trial tour of duty. He explains what it’s like to live and work aboard the new service operation vessel. read more

Process Safety Management Tips for Preventing Crises

This article is sponsored by IHS. Advancements in technology and the application of “lessons-learned” in the field of process safety management (PSM) have led to a reduction in process safety incidents. Yet catastrophic events continue to occur and increase in severity. Show More Summary

Who Supports Oil and Gas Methane Regulations? Pretty Much Everyone

The EPA has held a series of hearings across the country to collect public testimony in response to its new proposal to curb oil and gas companies’ emissions. The hearings provided a chance for stakeholders in areas where the oil and gas industry has a footprint to voice their concerns and perspectives. read more

Amazon Brings Automatic Reordering Capabilities to Household Appliances

The age of Internet of Things is upon us. Smart devices, ranging from thermostats and security cameras to vacuum cleaners and door locks, offer convenience for a price. Amazon launched its own Internet of Things initiative this summer by announcing the controversial Amazon Dash, a small plastic button that you can attach to ordinary things […]

Water Trends: Looking into Water’s Crystal Ball

Having been involved in the business of water for going on 30 years now, it is clear to me that four significant water-related trends are now evolving here in the US and in many other industrialized parts of the world. Some of these trends you may already be aware of or suspect they are developing; […]

Food Giants Urge Climate Change Action

Global food companies have pledged to accelerate business action on climate change and urged governments to do the same by forging an international agreement this December at the Paris climate negotiations. CEOs of Mars, General Mills, Unilever, Kellogg, Nestle USA, New Belgium Brewing, Ben & Jerry’s, Clif Bar, Stonyfield Farm and Dannon USA released a […]

Are Plastic-Eating Worms the Future of Waste Management?

Stanford University researchers may have found the solution to global plastic pollution: mealworms. The tiny worm can subsist on a diet of Styrofoam and other forms of polystyrene, according to two studies co-authored by Wei-Min Wu, a senior research engineer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford. The research also found microorganisms […]

Bio-Succinic Acid Produced at Commercial Scale

BioAmber says its Sarnia joint venture, which produces renewable chemicals from sugar instead of petroleum, has begun shipping bio-succinic acid to customers and is operating its manufacturing process at commercial scale. Renewable chemistry company BioAmber jointly built the $141.5 million Sarnia plant with Mitsui & Co. Show More Summary

Enterprise-Wide Smart Waste, Recycling System from Bigbelly

Smart waste and recycling system developer Bigbelly has launched Connect, an enterprise-wide turnkey system. This platform as a service encompasses hardware, software, services, installation, cleaning, inspection and warranty. Bigbelly...Show More Summary

Disruptive by Design: IoT Ready to Redefine Local Intel

The Internet of Things, or IoT, encompasses an ecosystem of devices and algorithms that gather and share information via the Internet. It is the next wave of technology transforming everything from meteorology to agriculture to health care. Despite the buzz surrounding the IoT, conversation about likely effects on domestic intelligence in the United States has […]

Freevolt uses ubiquitous radio signals to charge IoT devices

A lot of attention these days is being lavished on batteries and charging, mostly because of how much we seem to be doing that every day. We’re always on the lookout for better ways to power our devices, from improvements in the batteries themselves to alternative ways of charging. While the magical “charging from thin […]

Long debate over diesel comes to a head after emissions scandal: Petrodollars

In this week’s Oilgram News column, Petrodollars, Robert Perkins looks at what the future of diesel for automobiles in Europe and beyond could be in the wake of a scandal that caused many to question whether gasoline has an opening to grab more fuel market share.   Volkswagen’s emissions test debacle in the US has kicked […]

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