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Global Biofuels Status Update

In this week's column Robert Rapier breaks down the global biofuels data from the Renewables 2014 Global Status Report.

Spending on Smart Grid Technologies Will Total Nearly $600 Billion from 2014 Through 2023

The fundamental technology for infusing intelligence into the power grid has been in existence for years – more than a decade, in some cases. Today, the market for smart grid technologies is evolving rapidly as the need for a more responsive, automated, and efficient power grid rises worldwide. According to a new report from Navigant Continue reading ?

Smart Grid Combines Batteries, Fuel Cells And Compost

There are lots of components to the Smart Grid, in which intelligent power technologies combine to provide electricity where we want it, but without the waste associated with the current utility system. But how do they fit together? Making a more efficient grid that cuts overall energy use involves several things – and tech comes Continue reading ?

Control4: Home Automation Firm at Forefront of IoT Revolution

In Monday’s issue, I talked about one of the most powerful and unstoppable technological forces on the planet: the Internet of Things (IoT). It’s the idea that systems, machines, devices, homes, cars – basically, everything – will all be connected through the internet. Today, I’m going one step further and introducing a company that’s currently Continue reading ?

Smart Home: How Apple, Google, and Samsung will take over your home

There are certain buzz words that fly around the internet for so long without taking on a tangible form, that we tend to just tune them out. They become little more than background noise. Several of these buzz words and phrases in recent times have related to one particular (if far-reaching) area of technology – Continue reading ?

Coffee in the Morning, Biogas in the Evening

The Huffington Post has a story about the waste generated by items you use in the morning, though it stetches things a bit by including your cell phone and clothing. The interesting one is coffee: [O]ne of the major sources of riverShow More Summary

Tesla Trumps Toyota 3: Why Electric Vehicles Are Beating Hydrogen Cars Today

While electric vehicles have experienced a marketplace renaissance in the last decade, hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles have not. Multiple models of EVs (like the Tesla and Nissan Leaf) and plug-in EVs (like the Chevy Volt) are selling in this country and around the world, but there are no commercial consumer FCVs yet. read more

Utility 2.0: NY's New Business Model Should Properly Value the Costs and Benefits of Distributed Energy Resources

As we’ve mentioned before, New York is changing how it evaluates and compensates electric utilities. One goal of this change is increased consumer engagement, which makes customers allies in the development of a more reliable, resilient, and ‘smart’ electric grid. read more

iBridge Offers Cloud Service for Security, Home Automation; New Dealer Program

With iBridge Connected Home, a HAaaS (home automation as a service) hybrid system with cloud backup, professional integrators can economically and easily provide comprehensive convenience and remote control including custom scenes and...Show More Summary

Unilever Tests Solar-Powered Freezers

Unilever is testing commercially viable solar-powered ice cream freezers in New York’s Central Park. The company, whose brands include Popsicles, Good Humor and Mangum ice cream bars, says when officially rolled out the freezers will be the world’s first. Unilever has already purchased about 1.5 million freezers. The freezers are being manned by vendors in […]

Westinghouse Engineer Dedicated to Nuclear Safety Culture

The following post was sent to us by Westinghouse Electric Company’s Laura Goossen for NEI’s Powered by Our People promotion. Powered by Our People is part of the Future of Energy campaign that NEI launched earlier this year. This promotion...Show More Summary

Can Energy Companies Legally Use Drones?

Over the past few years, drones have undergone a radical transformation. Once the purview of the military and hobbyists, drones have become big business, with companies as diverse as humanitarian groups to big oil trying to cash in on the promised efficiency. For the energy industry, the uses are well documented. read more


Oil & Gas Majors: Fact Sheets August 2014 (Carbon Tracker Initiative) Executive Summary Overview: Key Points 1. The oil & gas sector is currently facing pressure from investors to focus on capital discipline, and several majors have stated that their capex will either fall or stay flat over he coming years. 2. Show More Summary


VERIZON’S $40MIL SOLAR BUY Verizon Announces $40 Million Solar Energy Investment Kiley Kroh, August 25, 2014 (Climate Progress) “…Verizon Wireless Inc. [the biggest U.S. wireless carrier] will invest $40 million into 10.2 megawatts (MW)...Show More Summary

What's the Goal and Point of National Biofuel Regulation?

While preparing a lecture for the 4th Berkeley Summer School in Environmental and Energy Economics, I returned to contemplating the regulation of biofuels as part of a general federal strategy to combat climate change and increase energy security. read more

DOE fuels next-gen vehicle technologies with $55M

As part of the Obama Administration’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge — which aims, in part, to reduce dependence on foreign oil and transition to a clean energy economy — the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced more than $55 million in funding for 31 new projects to accelerate research and development of critical vehicle Continue reading ?

Threats and Opportunities of Distributed Power Generation

Rooftop solar panels aren't the only distributed generation technology that could challenge existing utility business models as it grows. Some power companies see DG as an opportunity and are entering this segment in ways that could prove challenging to their start-up competitors. Show More Summary

Raley’s Dumps Hazardous Waste, Pays $1.6M

Raley’s has agreed to pay about $1.6 million to settle a hazardous waste disposal lawsuit. The judgment is the result of a civil enforcement lawsuit filed in San Joaquin County to stop the supermarket chain from unlawfully transporting and disposing of retail hazardous waste, according to 26 California district attorneys who announced the settlement. The […]

GE Opens $5M Oil and Gas Tech Center

GE Oil & Gas has opened a $5 million Technology Solutions Center (TSC) in Stavanger, Norway. The center has been designed to help oil and gas operators achieve optimal efficiency, environmental performance and safety. Located opposite GE’s existing Subsea Systems facility in the port of Dusavik, the center features a combination of interactive digital displays, […]

DuPont Improves Vehicle Fuel Efficiency by Lightweighting

DuPont, together with Swedish truck manufacturer Scania, is working to create lighter parts for vehicles, beginning with the oil pan, according to The News Journal. With federal auto emissions regulations expected to become more restrictive in the US and Europe, auto manufacturers are working to find ways to limit automobile weight, since heavier vehicles consume […]

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