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US Smart Meter Deployments to Hit 70M in 2016, 90M in 2020

Smart meters are now the rule, rather than the exception, for U.S. electric utilities. According to a new report from the Edison Foundation, a utility-funded think tank, the country had installed 65 million smart meters as of 2015, and...Show More Summary

GTM Research Launches Grid Edge Data Hub, an Online Data Service

Today, GTM Research launches an online data service, the Data Hub, as a supplement to its market research services. Containing market and technical data across 10 grid edge market segments, this data visualization tool provides access...Show More Summary

What the Hell Is Going on With Plummeting Solar Stocks?

This year has been brutal for public solar companies. While the S&P 500 is up 5 percent since January, many of the leading publicly-traded solar firms have faced steep declines in their stock prices, and, consequently, big rounds ofShow More Summary

A songbird's travelogue

(University of Utah) Biologists at the University of Utah recently used light-weight geolocation technology to follow a species of songbird on its 10,000-kilometer migration from the Middle East to sub-Saharan Africa.

Warmth under climate change has cascading effect, destabilizing forest ant communities

(Case Western Reserve University) Adding warmth predicted in climate-change models destabilized forest ant communities east of the Appalachian Mountains. The the loss of stability makes communities less resilient and slower to rebound when disturbed, a possible harbinger of disruption to the broader ecosystem.

Sea star wasting disease had severe impact on sunflower sea stars in the Salish Sea

(PLOS) Sea star wasting disease caused a severe decline in sunflower sea star populations in the Salish Sea off the coast of British Columbia and northern Washington state, according to a study published Oct. 26, 2016, in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Diego Montecino-Latorre from the University of California Davis, USA and colleagues.

Making a new pitch for coal

(University of Utah) Engineers from the University of Utah are launching a $1.6 million project to research cost-effective, carbon-friendly methods of turning coal-derived pitch into carbon-fiber composite material.

Before the Flood: A Must-See Film By Leonardo DiCaprio Explores Climate Change Risks and Solutions

Before the Flood, Leonardo DiCaprio’s new feature length climate documentary, premieres on the National Geographic Channel on October 30 th at 9pm EST. So first things first, go to your DVR or cable app and set a recording. Since it’s...Show More Summary

Extreme cold winters fueled by jet stream and climate change

(University of Sheffield) Scientists have agreed for the first time that recent severe cold winter weather in the UK and US may have been influenced by climate change in the Arctic, according to a new study.

Next-generation smartphone battery inspired by the gut

(University of Cambridge) A new prototype of a lithium-sulphur battery -- which could have five times the energy density of a typical lithium-ion battery -- overcomes one of the key hurdles preventing their commercial development by mimicking the structure of the cells which allow us to absorb nutrients.

Entire Himalayan arc can produce large earthquakes

(American Geophysical Union) The main fault at the foot of the Himalayan mountains can likely generate destructive, major earthquakes along its entire 2,400-kilometer (1,500-mile) length, a new study finds.

Have We Already Won the Renewables Revolution?

Have we already won? Could we have already reached a point where current trajectories for renewable energy, energy efficiency and alternative transportation are clear enough that we can reasonably suggest that a revolution has occurred? Yes. Show More Summary

Consumer Reports Readers Slam Tesla: The EV Maker Now Stands at the Bottom of Reliability Rankings

Silicon Valley Business Journal: ?Tesla Motors Gets Hammered by Consumer Reports Tesla Motors was ranked one of the least-reliable car companies in America by Consumer Reports on Monday, just ahead of its third-quarter earnings report. The Palo Alto-based car maker now ranks No. Show More Summary

Climate change: Voters will be hot under the collar by 2099

(Springer) By 2099 the nature of democratic politics could change in costly ways for politicians because of climate change, says Nick Obradovich of Harvard University in a paper in Springer's journal Climatic Change. He predicts that...Show More Summary

Why does our planet experience an ice age every 100,000 years?

(Cardiff University) Experts from Cardiff University have offered up an explanation as to why our planet began to move in and out of ice ages every 100,000 years.

NTU Singapore to build an offshore integrated system of renewable energy sources

(Nanyang Technological University) Nanyang Technological University is building the region's first offshore system that will integrate multiple renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, tidal, diesel, and power-to-gas technologi...

Hexavalent chromium is widespread in NC wells but not linked to coal ash

(Duke University) Hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen made famous by the movie Erin Brockovich, is far more abundant in drinking water wells in North Carolina than previously thought, a new Duke study finds. The contamination stems from natural causes, and not, as first suspected, from leaking coal ash ponds.

Customer-oriented firms are environmental leaders

(INSEAD) The extent to which companies orient themselves around their customers contributes to their adoption of environmental management practices and hence their capacity for environmental innovation.

One of America’s Top Utility Regulatory Figures Argues the Republican Case for Distributed Energy

In Travis Kavulla's eyes, there are two types of Republican utility regulators. One is more likely to side with incumbent monopolies. "The first type says, 'I'm a Republican and that means I'm pro-business. And here's this utility, that's...Show More Summary

IEA Boosts Renewables Growth Forecast as Global Installed Capacity Surpasses Coal

Global renewable energy deployments are set to grow at a much faster pace than previously anticipated, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA) Renewable energy resources accounted for more than half of the world’s new electricity capacity last year, overtaking coal in terms of installed power capacity. Show More Summary

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