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Nuclear Innovation: Necessity of Test Beds

This is the first of four planned articles that will outline the recommendations from the Idaho National Laboratory led Nuclear Innovation Workshops, which cover the pressing need for designated test beds in order to advance nuclear innovation. read more

Trending Topics: How Utilities Can Deliver Value for Customers and Society

As with any investor-owned company, managers of investor-owned utilities (IOUs) are obligated to maximize shareholder value. So it pays when regulators can find ways to align shareholder value creation with the public interest. Enter performance-based regulation. read more

Katrina's Vital Lesson

President Obama goes to New Orleans on Thursday to mark the Gulf region's struggle to recover from not one disaster but two: Hurricane Katrina and the collapse of the levee system that swamped the Crescent City 10 years ago this week. In some respects, the recovery has been remarkable. read more

Nuclear Powers On in the Texas Heat While Wind Wilts

Michael Purdie The following is a guest post by NEI's Michael Purdie.Major cities in Texas were subject to numerous 100 degree-plus days this month. Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin all had record setting electricity demand. If...Show More Summary

Clean Power Plan: Acid Rain Part 2?

Ross McKitrick In a recent speech in Washington, D.C., EPA administrator Gina McCarthy dismissed potential criticism of the costs of the new Clean Power Plan by pointing to America’s success in reducing sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions associated with acid rain. Show More Summary

EIA Expects Near-Term Decline in Natural Gas Production in Major Shale Regions

Natural gas production across all major shale regions in EIA's Drilling Productivity Report (DPR) is projected to decrease for the first time in September. Production from these seven shale regions reached a high in May at 45.6 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) and is expected to decline to 44.9 Bcf/d in September. read more

$30M Battery Recycling Plant Breaks Ground Next to Tesla’s Factory

AquaMetals has broken ground a $30-million battery recycling plant in Nevada, where Tesla Motors is building its electric battery factory. The plant will be the world’s first large-scale lead recycling facility that does not require a traditional smelter to reprocess lead batteries. It instead uses a water-based process, which the company says eliminates virtually all […]

Anheuser-Busch Converts St. Louis Trucking Fleet to CNG

Anheuser-Busch is replacing all 97 diesel-fueled tractors in its St. Louis fleet with new compressed natural gas-fueled tractors. By transitioning to the latest CNG technology, Anheuser-Busch expects to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2,500 tons per year. Show More Summary

Top 200 Environmental Firms Revealed

For the second year in a row, CH2M is the no. 1 environmental firm, according to Engineering News-Record’s annual Top 200 Environmental Firms list. AECOM, Bechtel, Veolia North America and Clean Harbors round out the top five. No new companies made it into the top 20. ENR says this year’s list’s total total revenue is […]

Coca-Cola on Track to Meet 100% Water Replenishment Goal Early

Coca-Cola says it and its global bottling partners are on track to meet their 2020 water replenishment goal by the end of 2015. Based on the Coca-Cola system’s global water replenishment projects to date, the system is balancing the equivalent of an estimated 94 percent of the water used in its finished beverages based on 2014 sales […]

Ford Diverts 140M Pounds Damaged Vehicle Parts from Landfill

Ford has diverted about 140 million pounds of damaged vehicle parts from landfills across the US since launching its Dealer Core Recovery program in 2003, the company says. More than 85 percent of each Ford vehicle today is recyclable. The program works like this: Dealers pay a core charge on each new part bought from Ford to […]

Water Scarcity Puts Revenue At Risk

The Water Risk Monetizer, industry’s first publicly available financial modeling tool that enables businesses to factor current and future water risks into decision making, now provides users with insights into how water scarcity impacts revenue. Show More Summary

Chemours Commercializes Low Global Warming Potential Refrigerants

Chemours’ two Opteon refrigerants with low global warming potential (GWP) are now commercially available in the US. These chemicals are the first in a portfolio of low GWP stationary refrigerants that the company says it will introduce to the US in the next few years. The EPA recently approved these new products, Opteon XP40 (R-449A) […]

Franklin Templeton Invests $15M in Chinese Recycling Company

Franklin Templeton Investments, a San Mateo, California-based asset management company, has invested $15 million in Incom Renewable Resources, Plastics News reports. Based in Beijing, China, Incom is a supplier and operator of intelligent solid waste recovery systems. Show More Summary

Solar repertoire: San Diego utility still innovating 

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has developed a new technology that significantly reduces the cost for residential customers considering rooftop solar — and installations have already begun. The Renewable Meter Adapters (RMA) SDG&E developed connect rooftop solar systems directly to the existing electric meter panel in as little as an hour, allowing rooftop solar […]

Who is jockeying to be the next big name in EV tech?

The Department of Energy (DOE) may be the next big name in electric vehicle (EV) technology. DOE is working to meet the United States government’s EV Everywhere goal of producing affordable plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) by 2022 — by creating innovation to improve battery manufacturing processes to potentially lower the costs of PEVs. Source: Who […]

How the iPhone 6S could control your home 

It seemed as if Apple was taking over the household with its Macs, iPhones, iPads and the Apple TV, but now the Cupertino company wants to control your smart home.That may happen starting with the iPhone 6S in September with its still vague HomeKit intentions. It wasn’t a big focus at June’s WWDC, but the […]

Smart energy storage: Not just for utility giants

The Glasgow Electric Plant Board (EPB) and Sunverge Energy have teamed up to provide energy storage for their customers in Glasgow, Kentucky. Although storage is becoming more common for utilities, smaller utilities may be left behind. Glasgow EPB said the goal of implementing energy storage for their customers is to reduce emissions and balance out […]

A tip for Trump — tax Mexico for its gasoline and diesel imports from US

Disclaimer: This post in no way, shape or form is an endorsement for or against Donald Trump or any other presidential candidate, for that matter. Nor is it an endorsement of this made-up “wall tax.” By now, you know the spiel. The Republican front-runner for US president, businessman Donald Trump, insists he is going to […]

Technology that can can turn our homes into ‘smart homes’ 

This month I am looking at the ‘smart home’ – will having a connected home make consumers more efficient?We pay bills via direct debit or after receiving a letter in the post, but do we actually understand what we are paying for or what we use around the home?More and more of us are using […]

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