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Solar Energy: Improving the Livelihoods of India's Rural Salt-Pan Farmers

As India celebrated Independence Day on Friday, August 15th, it will brought with it a history of struggle, conflict, and triumph. India has come a long way since it gained independence, and Prime Minister Modi has made promises since he took office in May to improve the livelihoods of the Indian people. read more

South Australia wind energy jumps to 43% in July

RNE has a look at the relentless penetration of wind energy into the South Australian grid - South Australia wind energy jumps to 43% in July. South Australia’s wind farms produced enough electricity to meet a record 43 per cent of the...Show More Summary

Want money for microgrids? Try tapping disaster relief. (New Jersey did it.)

New Jersey has created America’s first “Energy Resilience Bank” (ERB) to funnel $200 million to communities for “clean resilient power solutions” that supply electricity to critical loads ” in the event the larger electrical grid fails.” For microgrids, in other words. Show More Summary

GM Joins National Smart Grid Consortium

Electric cars are just one part to cleaner transportation equation, as where the electricity comes from, and how efficiently it is used, is just as important as the EV itself. GM is joining a consortium of eight automakers and 15 electricity utilities to help integrate its OnStar-enabled Smart Grid program. The first goal of this Continue reading ?

Making digital smarter with unified smart grid communications

The utilities industry is undergoing a massive digital transformation as it introduces powerful, innovative technologies such as smart grids. By the year 2020, billions of intelligent devices will be connected to the energy smart grid — from street lamps and home appliances to electric vehicles, solar panels and wind turbines. Show More Summary

Global Warming Alarmist Sues Think Tank for Disputing his "Facts"

Ilya Shapiro What’s worse than a public policy debate that turns bitter and impolite? Well, for one, having the courts step into the marketplace of ideas to judge which side of a debate has the best “facts.” Yet that’s what Michael Mann has invited the D.C. Show More Summary

Nuclear Technology’s Trail Out of the Valley of Death

When Bill Gates became Chairman of the Board of TerraPower a few years ago, the potential role of angels and venture capital to push energy technology forward became more apparent. Gates became involved with TerraPower because -  ofShow More Summary

Nivis Announces Cloud NOC to Manage Internet of Things (IoT)

Nivis, a global leader in Smart Grid and Industrial Wireless networking, Tuesday announced the availability of the Cloud Network Operations Center (NOC) for Internet of Things (IoT) management. The solution which is a core componentShow More Summary

Now It's Official: EPA Proposes Limits on Super-Pollutant HFCs

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has now formally proposed to limit certain super-potent greenhouse gases from use in air conditioners, refrigerators, aerosols and foams in favor of safer, more climate-friendly alternatives. read more

EPA's State-by-State Carbon Limits Indicate Smart Policy, Not Arbitrary Rulemaking

In June, the EPA announced standards to limit carbon emissions from power plants, known as the Clean Power Plan (CPP). Currently power plants emit 40% of U.S. carbon emissions, but under the proposed Clean Power Plan, the U.S. power sector will cut carbon pollution by 30% below 2005 levels. read more

Siemens To Provide Electric Retailer With Demand Response Solution

Siemens Smart Grid has signed a contract with retail utility Direct Energy to provide a demand response management system (DRMS). Direct Energy will roll out the Siemens solution to manage its existing load commitments in multiple independent system operator (ISO) regions, including PJM, ISO-NE, ERCOT and NYISO. via Renew Grid: Content / Projects & Contracts Continue reading ?

NY Food-Waste-to-Energy Pilot Expands

New York City will expand a pilot food-waste-to-energy program this fall. The program, which launched last summer, diverts food from the waste stream and converts it into natural gas, Capital New York reports. The city expects the program to avoid about 90,000 metric tons of CO2. Waste Management separates the uneaten food from the rest […]

Research Suggests Climate Models Underestimate Climate Sensitivity

Climate models are mathematical representation of an enormously complex system. They are intended to project trends, not predict events. They are an imperfect but indispensable tool to gain an understanding of what we can likely expect in the future. read more

The US Humanitarian Intervention in Iraq: The Oil and Water Angle

The success of stated limited U.S. humanitarian goals for the latest intervention in Iraq could hinge on more than the fate of minorities trapped on top of the Mount Sinjar. That is because the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has taken control of critical water and oil infrastructure including the Mosul Dam. read more

German, U.S. Home Energy Storage Incentives Offer Divergent Visions for the Smart Grid

Previously, I’ve written about the potential for a future smart grid, where homes with solar panels and batteries intelligently interconnect to form a cleaner, more-robust distributed power system. While we’re still far from a full-fledged smart grid, recent years have seen wider deployment of distributed energy storage. Show More Summary


In China, Climate Change Is Already Here; China is already feeling the effects of climate change, and the results could be devastating. Shannon Tiezzi, August 14, 2014 (The Diplomat) “Northern China is currently experiencing a severe...Show More Summary


Crimea Cuts Payments for Wind and Solar Power Plants Stephen Bierman, August 8, 2014 (Bloomberg BusinessWeek) “Crimean solar and wind companies may restart power generation at lower rates as Crimea set prices for renewables at no higher than electricity imports from Ukraine…to about 3.42 rubles (9 U.S. Show More Summary


IRENA Evaluates Four Ocean Energy Technologies June 2014 (International Institute for Sustainable Development) “The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has published a series of technology papers exploring the potential for...Show More Summary

Could This 'Data Lake' Concept From GE Revolutionize Energy Analytics?

General Electric has become a prodigious producer and consumer of data. Energy engineers at the conglomerate are analyzing ten times more data today than they were five years ago -- bringing new insights, while also creating new complications for the data-crunching infrastructure. read more


World Bank Says Africa $5 Billion Isn't for Coal Projects Kevin Costelloe, August 6, 2014 (Bloomberg News) “The World Bank said the $5 billion pledged for electricity generation in Africa…is for wind, geothermal, gas and hydro power,...Show More Summary

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