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Energy News: Fire, Ice, Wet’n’Wild – It’s All Part of Energy Storage’s Best Year Ever

It’s no secret that energy storage is on the rise. This week, though, we saw several stories on innovative thermal storage solutions, everything from hot rocks to cool ice. Plus, member updates from SunPower (solar + storage!), Bloom...Show More Summary

American’s Nuclear (Power) Program Is Way Behind Russia’s

After the first hour of the second Trump-Clinton debate, I was beginning to worry that I wouldn’t be able to fulfill my assignment to write about the way that the candidates spoke about my coverage area. There was no mention of energy, clean energy, nuclear energy or climate change. Show More Summary

“We Are All Lukewarmists”

In his keynote at the University of Michigan Energy Institute’s symposium on nuclear power (and in the ensuing panel discussion), Ted Nordhaus makes the claim that “we are all lukewarmists.” Barring the rapid deployment of advanced, disruptive technologies, in other words, an inevitable rise in temperatures lies ahead. Show More Summary

NRC and Palo Verde Focus on Making Nuclear Outages Safer with FLEX

Bob Bement The following is a guest post by Bob Bement, Executive Vice President at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station (PVNGS).Learnings from the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in March of 2011 are actually impacting U.S. Show More Summary

The Economic and Moral Bankruptcy of UK Energy Policy

With its choice for Hinkley Point C – a £100 billion boondoggle – its enthusiastic support for expensive and environmentally harmful fracking, and its relentless attack on renewable energy, the UK government’s energy policy is both morally...Show More Summary

The “Fuel” That’s Helping America Fight Climate Change Isn’t Natural Gas

You’ve heard the good news on climate: after a century or more of continuous rise, U.S. CO2 emissions have finally begun to decline, due largely to changes in the energy sector. According to the Energy Information Agency (EIA), energy-related CO2 emissions in 2015 were 12% below their 2005 levels.

Is The Tesla Model X The Hummer Of Electric Cars?

Not all electric vehicles are created equally. As Russ Finley explains, some are a lot better for the environment than others.

A Simple Fix with a Big Benefit: California Lawmakers Consider Closing Loophole to Curb Gas Leaks

After passing the State Assembly Appropriations committee last Wednesday, a little known bill – SB 1441 – is headed for the assembly floor, which is slated to deliver big benefits for consumers and the environment. Not only will theShow More Summary

Green Building at the RNC: A Report from Cleveland

You’ve probably just about heard it all from the Republican convention hall last week. The 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, was—unsurprisingly—a media frenzy. From speeches by "Charles in Charge" star Scott Baio...Show More Summary

Brexit lights slow fuse under EU energy goals

There’s a video doing the rounds on social media that explains how the UK’s foreign policy toward Europe hasn’t changed in 500 years. It’s from a political sitcom written more than 30 years ago but still sounds plausible. Sadly the writers...Show More Summary

USGBC Launches LEED Lab in India

USGBC announced today the launch of LEED Lab in India. An interactive multidisciplinary immersion course, LEED Lab utilizes the built environment to educate and prepare students to become green building leaders and sustainability-focused citizens. Show More Summary

Clean Energy Incentive Program Marches Along Despite Clean Power Plan Stay

Despite the “stay” halting implementation of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) earlier this year, rulemaking regarding the national Environmental Protect Agency’s (EPA) Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) continues. The purpose of the CEIP is to encourage early investment in renewable energy (i.e. Show More Summary

LEED and Industrial Facilities Meet Four of the Top Users of LEED [VIDEO]

The latest in a series of reports highlighting the impact of LEED across sectors and regions of the world, the LEED in Motion: Industrial Facilities report illustrates the many ways modern factories, warehouses and more are leveraging LEED for cost savings, greater efficiency and better human health.

Improving Electricity Service in Rural India

India’s progress in electrifying rural areas – first villages, and then households – has been impressive. According to the 2011 Census of India, the rural electrification rate had increased to 55% from just 44% in 2001. Since then, national electrification programs have made further progress.

Looking Back at #NEA16

Here at NEI, it seems as if the first five months of the year has gone by in a blur. January featured Third Way's Advanced Nuclear Summit and Showcase. February was our annual Wall Street Briefing.March saw us participating in the U.S. Show More Summary

News: I, Driverless Vehicle! Plus: YieldCos Go Bump

We were promised flying cars. Those Jetsons-mobiles careening through the air sure seemed like the way of the future… until we actually considered traffic logistics in a three-dimensional airspace. The future of transportation is closer at hand than ever before, though, and it just might be Rosie the Robot at the wheel rather than George Jetson.

South Australia: Making money by solving “waste” problems of others

South Australia is making progress in its effort to profitably address an issue that has slowed nuclear energy’s growth prospects for more than 40 years. On May 9th South Australian premier Jay Weatherill released the final version of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission report that had been briefed to him on May 6. Show More Summary

Delivering the Nuclear Promise at #NEA16

The American nuclear energy industry is heading to Miami this week for the 2016 Nuclear Energy Assembly (agenda). The theme of the meeting is Delivering the Nuclear Promise, which is also the industry-wide effort championed by NEI that aims to advance safety, reliability and economic performance at U.S. Show More Summary

Time for Europe to Stop Supporting Ukraine’s Risky Nuclear Power Sector

Three decades after Chernobyl, nuclear power remains a mainstay of Ukrainian energy supply, writes Iryna Holovko, campaigner of NGO CEE Bankwatch Network in Ukraine. Despite persistent safety problems, the Ukrainian government has approved lifetime extensions for four of its 15 nuclear units since 2010, and two more could be greenlighted later this year.

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