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DoE Announces $12.5B in Loans for Advanced Nuclear

The Department of Energy issued a loan guarantee solicitation for $12.5 billion on Wednesday for innovative nuclear projects. This comes on top of $8 billion for advanced fossil energy projects last December, and $6.5 billion for two nuclear reactors in February, the first new to be built in the U.S. in about 30 years. read more

ORIGINAL REPORTING: THE STATE OF THE U.S. WIND INDUSTRY (AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR UTILITIES)

The state of the U.S. wind industry (and what it means for utilities); Wind PPA prices now beat natural gas prices. Herman K. Trabish: August 25, 2014 (Utility Dive) The wind industry is facing strange times. A record amount of new capacity...Show More Summary

ORIGINAL REPORTING: HOW SACRAMENTO'S PUBLIC UTILITY IS GETTING IN THE RESIDENTIAL SOLAR BUSINESS

How Sacramento's public utility is getting in the residential solar business; The new utility business model may simply be answering customers’ questions. Herman K. Trabish: August 25, 2014 (Utility Dive) In oday’s competitive marketplace of smart and distributed services, utilities do not have ratepayers — they have customers. Show More Summary

Sprint MVNO Ting sets foundation to deliver 1 Gbps FTTH service

Ting, a Sprint mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) partner, is building its own 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) by purchasing Charlottesville, Va.-based Blue Ridge InternetWorks (BRI).

The Final Five Smart Grid Predictions: A Progress Report

I made ten predictions all the way back in January 2014 about Smart Grid and Smart City trends and changes that will occur between 2014 and 2020. Here is an update on the final five predictions. You can review the full predictions and judge for yourself the quality of my crystal ball. read more

Verizon brings cloud-based Unified Communications to Marriot International hotel chain

Verizon Enterprise Solutions has won a multi-year agreement with Marriot International to deploy its cloud-hosted voice solution that was specifically designed for the hospitality industry.

Report: Telstra confirms interest in acquiring Pacnet

Telstra has entered into talks to acquire Hong Kong-based submarine cable operator Pacnet in a deal that could be worth up to $1.04 billion, reports the Australian Business Review.

Utilities Face Significant Revenue Losses from Growth of Solar, Storage and Energy Efficiency

Continued growth of distributed energy resources and energy efficiency measures could cause significant demand disruption and drive down utilities’ revenues by up to $48 billion a year in the United States and €61 billion a year in Europe by 2025, according to Accenture’s Digitally Enabled Grid research. Show More Summary

Procter & Gamble’s Waste Reduction, Reuse Strategies

Procter & Gamble partnerships transform waste into worth. This year, those efforts have helped the company increase to 70 its number of zero manufacturing waste-to-landfill facilities.

Trending Topics in Electricity Today: Will the EPA's Clean Power Plan Really Break the Grid?

Well-established power groups are drawing different conclusions regarding the feasibility of maintaining grid reliability as states act in order to abide by the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. What’s causing these reliability authorities to reach such different conclusions, and is more analysis needed? read more

The Intersection of Solar Energy and Energy Storage

According to the US Energy Information Administration, the installation of solar photovoltaics in the United States increased by more than 400% from 2010 to 2014.  Looking towards 2015 and beyond, industry analysts continue to be bullish on solar’s continued growth in residential, commercial and utility scale projects stemming in large part from the drop in […]

Europe lays out foundation for 5G wireless

5G wireless may still be an emerging concept, but already European wireless operators, vendors, regulators and standards bodies are building a solution that some say could "fundamentally change society."

Improved Fuel Efficient Package Developed by International Truck

International Truck has released a fuel efficiency package for its International ProStar trucks, the International ProStar ES (pictured). The ES – which stands for “efficiency specification” – offers improved aerodynamics, a drivetrain with advanced down-speeding and “the most efficient rear axles in the industry,” the company says. Show More Summary

A Suitor Knocks on Pacnet’s Door

There’s M&A in the wind in the Pacific region today, as Pacnet has apparently attracted some attention from down under. Australia’s Telstra has confirmed that it is in duscussions to acquire the company. That’s all they said though, responding to speculation from Bloomberg today in a three sentence letter to the Australian Securities Exchange.  … […]

U.S. Uranium Supplies, Part 2: Mitigating Future Energy Security Risks from Large Imports Disruptions

In the previous ‘U.S. Uranium Supplies, Part 1’ report we covered current-future World & U.S. Nuclear Power generation, primary sources of nuclear fuels, and the growing risks to imported supplies. Here we will cover promising policies and strategies for mitigating future potential uranium fuel imports disruption risks. read more

Google wants you to design the Internet of things

Have an idea for how the much-anticipated Internet of things should operate? If the idea is good enough, Google may pay you to see it to fruition. As part of a new effort to generate more Internet of things technologies, Google is planning to issue a number of grants to facilitate pioneering research in this Continue reading ?

Natural Gas Overwhelmingly Replaces Coal

The growth of natural gas generation in the US has displaced coal generation. There is little evidence in the aggregate regional power generation data that cheap gas has displaced other low-carbon sources of electricity. Nor is there evidence that increased gas generation has induced new demand. read more

Top 2015 Sustainability Strategies Revealed

Cost remains the top driver of sustainability management initiatives, followed by regulations and investor/stakeholder pressure, according to Ecova’s second annual survey, 2015 Energy and Sustainability Predictions: Findings from Leading Professionals. Show More Summary

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