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Enhancing the Role of Fuel Cells for Northeast Grid Resiliency

June 18, 2015 by Morry Markowitz
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Severe weather over the last few years demonstrate that our aging infrastructure is increasingly vulnerable to outages and other disruptions. Intense storms, such as Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene, debilitated sections of the eastern seaboard and left many communities without power for extended periods of time.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: All You Need to Know for June [VIDEO]

June 17, 2015 by David Thual

EU Energy News

In this latest Brussels Briefing on Energy for viEUws - the European Union Policy Broadcaster, leading journalist Hughes Belin provides an overview of the latest European Union energy policy developments, including a review of the EU's efforts to reach renewable energy goals.[read more]

The First Energy Revolution: Tesla Energy Changes Everything

June 17, 2015 by Ken Trough
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Has Tesla Changed the Energy Industry

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk recently introduced Tesla Energy, a suite of stationary battery products designed to help wean the world off fossil fuels. While a battery introduction may not seem like a world-changing event to many, it actually heralds the beginning of the First Energy Revolution.[read more]

Chevron's John Watson Should Follow Pronuclear Words with Nuclear Energy Investments

June 17, 2015 by Rod Adams

During an OPEC meeting in Vienna held in early June of 2015, John Watson, the CEO of Chevron, the second largest oil and gas company in the United States, made a comment that certainly deserves more attention and follow up from journalists.[read more]

Is the U.S. Investing Enough in Electricity Grid Reliability?

June 16, 2015 by Catherine Wolfram
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The Grid and the Risk of Squirrels

We had a 2-hour power outage at our house last week, together with 45,000 other customers in the East Bay. The lights flickered off just after 8PM and didn’t come back on until after 10PM. Nothing like going without something that you take for granted to make you realize just how valuable it is.[read more]

Smart Grid for Good: How the Texas PUC is Putting Money Back into the Pockets of Texans

June 16, 2015 by Wannie Park

Texas has a legacy of pioneering smart grid initiatives. Since 2007, Texas has installed over seven million smart meters, an achievement that helped it rank first on GridWise Alliance’s “2013 Grid Modernization Index, "tied with California, a state also thought of for its forward-thinking energy policy.[read more]

What's a Bigger Business in Florida: Clean Energy or Ag Exports?

June 15, 2015 by Jim Pierobon
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Florida Energy and State Economics

If one were to ask what industry in Florida harbors the strongest growth prospects, it might be difficult to look beyond the state's bountiful agricultural products. But energy users and policymakers in the Sunshine State, led by Governor Rick Scott, should wake up to how fast clean energy is growing there.[read more]

The Energy Gang: New York Energy Czar on Philosophy Behind State's Energy Transformation [PODCAST]

June 15, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Richard Kauffman has a lot of responsibilities as New York's "energy czar." He oversees multiple agencies and utilities, advises the governor on energy issues, and works closely with regulators in their attempt to build a new electricity market based on distributed resources.[read more]

Is Germany Outsourcing Its Future Energy Security?

June 15, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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German Energy Planning

German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel recently touted another step towards enhancing EU energy security via regional cooperation. The Minister and 11 of his colleagues from neighboring countries signed a declaration to ensure the supply of electricity among those countries.[read more]

Energy Storage is Critical Issue at Utility Industry's Conference in New Orleans

June 12, 2015 by Matt Roberts
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The Criticality of Energy Storage

On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina which devastated the Gulf Coast, the conference highlighted the immense importance of the utility companies in ensuring resiliency and reliability as increasingly intense storms challenge our aging infrastructure.[read more]

Efficiency Moderates Effects of Higher Electricity Prices Under Proposed Clean Power Plan

June 12, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Efficiency and Price Moderation

EIA's recently released analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan rule finds that electricity prices are expected to rise. However, efficiency and price-induced conservation moderate the projected increase in consumer electricity bills.[read more]

U.S. Commercial Solar Sector has Lagged, but Now Looks Cleared for Takeoff

June 10, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Commercial Solar in the U.S.

The commercial and industrial solar power sector has not yet taken flight in the same way that residential and utility-scale solar has in recent years. But the C&I solar market is a strange animal for several reasons, but changing economics, regulations and technology appear to be creating new growth opportunities.[read more]

Proposed Clean Power Plan Would Accelerate Renewable Additions and Coal Plant Retirements

June 10, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Effects of the Clean Power Plan

The EPA's Clean Power Plan shows that renewables play a critical role under a range of different market and policy assumptions. The key difference across the various scenarios analyzed involves when and how wind and solar generating capacity additions occur, as well as retirements of coal generation capacity.[read more]

Solar Power in Developing Countries: Big Opportunities for Unique Markets

June 9, 2015 by Amy Rose

Developing Economies and Solar Integration

With a significant solar resource, expensive alternative technologies and ready storage in the form of flexible hydro resources, developing countries have a unique opportunity for wide-scale deployment of solar energy not seen in other markets. Solar power can offer a greener, cheaper path to development.[read more]

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Energy and Real Estate are Colliding

June 9, 2015 by Elias Hinckley
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A wave of green technology and clean energy innovation is fundamentally changing the way that building owners and other real estate investors are thinking about the role of electricity in the development and economics of real estate investments.[read more]