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One-A-Day Sponsorship IDs?

FCC invites comments on proposal by coalition of nine radio licensees to shift sponsorship IDs primarily to Internet In an unusual petition that was filed last November – but took five months to hit the FCC’s public radar screen – aShow More Summary

Every 11 minutes Pacific Gas and Electric connects a new solar customer to its grid

When it comes to rooftop solar, Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) had a banner year. In 2014, the utility connected more rooftop solar customers to its grid than any other year in its history and celebrated the connection of its 150,000th solar customer to its electric grid. In 2014 alone, PG&E added more than […]

Smartwatches, Ultra-Thin Notebooks, Odd IoT: Gadgets For Spring

What’s on your gadget wish-list this spring? In recent weeks, much of the tech world’s attention has focused on the Apple Watch, which, after months of pre-launch rumors, speculation, and hype, will finally arrive April 24. Ranging from $350 (sort of affordable) to $17,000 (a one-percenter’s splurge), Apple’s first foray into the smartwatch market still […]

A Roundup of Energy, Water, and Climate Bills in the 84th Texas Legislative Session

We’ve almost made it to the midway point of the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature, so it's a good time to check which climate, clean energy, and energy-water nexus bills have been filed this Session. Here’s a look at a few that are likely to rise to the top, and ones we hope will cross the finish line by June 1st. read more

Power Plant Owners can Reduce Emissions with Energy Efficiency: Here's How

When the Environmental Protection Agency proposed carbon pollution targets for fossil fuel-fired power plants under the Clean Power Plan last summer, the agency recognized that energy efficiency is a powerful tool for reducing emissions in the electricity sector. read more

Virginia's General Assembly likes Solar Energy. Will That Be Enough?

Virginia’s General Assembly broke new ground in February when it passed legislation declaring up to 500 megawatts of utility solar power “in the public interest.” The language will help projects gain regulatory approval from the State Corporation Commission, which has been hostile to renewable energy. read more

SMRs – lots of noise but DOE budget that’s 1% of annual wind tax credit

I’ve been spending some time watching, rewatching and clipping interesting excerpts from the Senate Appropriations Energy and Water subcommittee hearings on the FY2016 Department of Energy budget. It’s not everyone’s idea of entertainment,...Show More Summary

The Rise of the Micro Generator

Micro Generation is defined as the generation of electricity or heat energy on a small scale, typically for use on a domestic scale and generated by methods that do not contribute to the depletion or damage of natural resources, such as through the use of solar panels. read more

Update: TIS Tweaks Tweaked

Technical Content Alert!!! The rule changes discussed below are highly technical. If you’re OK with stuff like “attenuation [must be] greater than the attenuation at 1 kHz by at least: 60 log 10 (f/3) decibels, where ‘f’ is the audio frequency in kHz”, you should have no problem. Show More Summary

Paper: 'Groundwater Governance in the United States - Common Priorities and Challenges'

2 days agoUtilities / Water : WaterWired

Excellent paper from Sharon B. Megdal, the 'Groundwater Governance Guru', and her University of Arizona colleagues. The work they report here is based upon a publication I posted a few years ago: Groundwater Governance in the U.S. - Summary of Initial Survey Results The paper is titled: Groundwater Governance in...

Plant Closure Opportunity: Hitting Those Clean Energy Notes

It may seem logical that once a power plant closes, another one needs to be built to replace it – after all, we need to make up for its potential energy generation with more natural gas or nuclear-powered energy, right? Maybe, but plant closures are also an opportunity for clean energy. read more

Jon Stewart On Climate Change In Florida And California

What's more inappropriate -- the jokes in this about genitalia or the responses to climate change the jokes describe? From Comedy Central Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="//";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

A Place Where Global Warming Is Cold

The Achilles heel of the climate system presents a new enigma. Don’t miss the last line. From greenman3610 via YouTube Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="//";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

Energy Everywhere

The newest entry in the Department of Energy’s Energy Literacy series. From U.S. Department of Energy via YouTube Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="//";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

Energy Quote of the Day: "What is the Environmental Platform of the Republican Party? I Don’t Know Either."

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is among the few members of the Republican Party in Congress who are willing to admit that climate change is real and must be addressed. He is encouraging his fellow Republicans to have an open debate on the issue. read more

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Distribution Automation and Network Efficiency

In recent years, many transmission networks have been upgraded with new sensors and automated control equipment, which allow for more efficient centralized control. Distribution networks, however, are further behind in deploying these systems, which could improve system operations. read more

New Kind of "Tandem" Solar Cell Developed

Researchers have developed a new kind of solar cell that combines two different layers of sunlight-absorbing material in order to harvest a broader range of the sun’s energy. The development could lead to photovoltaic cells that are more efficient than those currently used in solar-power installations. read more

UtilityAPI: Automating the Customer-to-Solar Data Connection

UtilityAPI is taking on a major choke point in the often difficult solar customer acquisition process -- the cumbersome and frustrastingly time-consuming process of getting utilities to actually cough up their customers’ energy usage and billing data. read more

Warmest Winter on Record

According to the latest report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the average global land and sea surface temperature for the period of December 2014 through February 2015 was 1.42 degrees Fahrenheit (0.79 Celsius) above the 20th century average. read more

Nuclear reactor near Harrisburg, PA experienced mysterious loss of feedwater – 36 years ago

It might be fun for the knowledgable people who participate on Atomic Insights to use hindsight to evaluate the expertise of the featured experts in this historic CBS News segment from March 30, 1979. The post Nuclear reactor near Harrisburg, PA experienced mysterious loss of feedwater – 36 years ago appeared first on Atomic Insights.

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