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Another Week, Another Big Advanced Energy Business Deal, This Time with Google

Following last week’s announcement that Apple partnered with First Solar to build new solar to power its headquarters and a huge portion of its California operations, Google announced that it would be lighting up the Googleplex – its Mountain View, CA, headquarters – entirely with wind power. read more

First Solar's Top Production Lines Averaged 15.8% Conversion Efficiency in February

First Solar missed the low end of its sales guidance but the company posted a net income of $397 million on sales of $3.4 billion over the past year. Other areas such as production, capacity utilization, and conversion efficiency showed overall positive results. read more

Energy Quote of the Day: Oil Sands Industry Must Cut Costs or Face ‘Death Spiral’

The President of one of Canada’s biggest oil and gas producers warned the oil sands industry that they must cut costs or face a “death spiral”. The drop in oil prices is an “opportunity” for every part of the industry to cut costs and eliminate inefficiencies that crept into the system during years of high prices. read more

Paper: 'Groundwater Vulnerability Assessments and Integrated Water Resource Management' @GWPnews

2 days agoUtilities / Water : WaterWired

Welcome to March! I missed tis article when it came out in 2009. Ken Reid sent this to me this morning. Jessica E. Liggett and Sonia Talwar,'Groundwater Vulnerability Assessments and Integrated Water Resource Management', Streamline Watershed Management Bulletin Vol. 13/No. 1 Fall 2009 Download Streamline_Vol13_No1_Art4 Introduction Canada has a disproportionate...

Joshua Newton's Water Jobs & More - 28 February 2015 (14 Jobs @wateraid)

2 days agoUtilities / Water : WaterWired

Joshua has a going-away present for February! Check out the 14 jobs from WaterAid! These jobs are archived here. All the jobs I post are archived at Twitter (click on 'All' at the top of the page); the hashtag is #JobWaWi 1) Lobby and Advocacy Capacity Building Officer (WASH) -...

US EPA pleads for some RFS understanding

Attendees of the National Ethanol Conference in suburban Dallas last week who were hoping to hear, at long last, what biofuels volumes the US Environmental Protection Agency would require in the overdue 2014 and 2015 Renewable Fuel Standards likely left disappointed. No such proclamations were issued, beyond a familiar-sounding promise from Chris Grundler, director of […]

Fly-By: What the Latest Aerial Study of Methane Emissions Tells Us

In the summer of 2013, researchers aboard a four-engine P-3 Orion aircraft – a variant of the plane used to track submarines – flew over three of the nation’s biggest shale gas regions, taking measurements that would allow them to estimate the amount of methane leaking from the production fields below. read more

Diseconomy of scale – world’s largest canned-motor reactor coolant pump

On February 16, 2015, an AP article by Ray Henry titled Nuclear plants delayed in China, watched closely by US firms contained a short paragraph that has contributed to a number of sleepless nights. I’m pretty sure there are plenty of...Show More Summary

Macquarie's Brian Bagnell: Forget Peak Oil, Worry About Peak Demand

Brian Bagnell, CFA, is a research analyst in Canadian oil and gas company analysis for Macquarie Capital Markets in Calgary. He was formerly an investment associate at the NB Investment Management Corp. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of New Brunswick. read more

United States to Provide Air Quality Data Overseas

Recently, the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency announced a new partnership that will monitor air quality at selected U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, building on the successful work of the United States embassy in Beijing. read more

US steel filing unfair trade cases is a dangerous proposition

Filing unfair trade cases is like chemotherapy. Both remedies are intended to protect the host from a serious threat, but there are side effects that are nearly as dangerous as the ailment itself. Maybe that explains why US steelmakers have held off on filing dumping and subsidy cases against sheet steel imports for so long. The […]

Is DC power the way of the future?

The war of the currents still rages … politely, as ECN gathered panelists earlier this month to talk about AC vs. DC, Tesla vs. Edison, data centers, and the future of power engineering on Engineering Live. via Is DC power the way of the future?. The post Is DC power the way of the future? appeared first on NTS-AT Smart Technology Blog & News.

EIA analysis: Production, lower crude oil runs boost US stocks

US refineries scaled back for the week ended February 20 as part of the ongoing maintenance season, contributing to US commercial crude oil stocks building to a record 434.1 million barrels, according to the latest data from the US Energy Information Administration. The stocks increased 8.4 million barrels, more than double the amount expected by […]

Muzzley is One App for all Your Connected Devices

The main problem with home automation nowadays is the various different apps used to control things like your Nest, your WeMo Lightswitch, and Philips Hue, wouldn’t it be nice to control all of your connected devices from one place?Show More Summary

Google Is Making Its Biggest Ever Bet on Renewable Energy

Google Inc. is making its largest bet yet on renewable energy, a $300 million investment to support at least 25,000 SolarCity Corp. rooftop power plants. Google is contributing to a SolarCity fund valued at $750 million, the largest ever created for residential solar, the San Mateo, California-based solar panel installer said Thursday in a statement. Show More Summary

If breaking up is hard to do, try not growing oil

Someone had to do it, and it might as well have been one of the biggest names in US shale. Having whittled its 2015 capital budget down to $5 billion, 40% lower than last year, US producer EOG Resources last week made the tough call of forfeiting production growth this year, saying it would drill […]

The First Wave Power Plant Is Officially Operational

?Anyone who’s gone swimming on a windy day knows the power of the ocean’s waves. Yesterday, Australia marked the next step forward in harnessing that energy by switching on the world’s first large-scale wave energy power plant. Though...Show More Summary

Canonical teams up with Amazon and Microsoft to push Ubuntu for IoT

The growth of the Internet of Things spreads, and Canonical wants to ensure that Ubuntu is involved. To help with this, the company behind one of the most popular Linux distributions has announced partnerships with Microsoft and Amazon to help facilitate secure cloud infrastructures. Show More Summary

Infographic: Platts Light Houston Sweet

Much has been made of the domestic light sweet crude flooding US markets, and we attempted to capture some key points about some of that oil in this infographic centered on one of Platts key price assessments: Light Houston Sweet. For a limited time, we’ll be sharing weekly LHS wraps in the Light Houston Sweet Analysis […]

Report: CenturyLink's cloud chief Higginbotham to depart

CenturyLink's key cloud guru Andrew Higginbotham is going to be leaving the telco after a 14-year tenure with the company, according to a Gigaom report.

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