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The Future of Energy Storage

September 17, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Storage and the Future

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Fikile Brushett is in the process of taking the power generated by wind and solar, chemically lashing it to molecules derived from flora and fauna, and storing it in liquids until it’s needed to electrify our homes.[read more]

Transmission Links to Enable Wind Energy

September 17, 2014 by Adam Whitmore
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Wind Energy Transmission

The availability of long distance energy transmission systems can help to continuously smooth out variations in the availability of wind power, but it helps solar less. A good policy needs to enable long-distance links to allow continuing increases in wind generation.[read more]

Will Floating LNG Mark a Crucial Milestone in Future Offshore Global Gas Development? 

September 17, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Impact of Offshore LNG

Back in 2011, Shell took the final investment decision on its Prelude FLNG project and started having a floating liquefied natural gas terminal built in South Korea in order to produce and export LNG from the so-called Browse Basin, about 300 miles off the coast of Western Australia.[read more]

How Smart Grid Policies Create Employment Opportunities

September 17, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Most Smart Grid discussions about human impacts address the demographic trends in utility workforces or the influences that Smart Grid technologies and applications have on people in residential and commercial settings. But the subject of job creation doesn’t get the same attention.[read more]

Capacity Markets: The Future of European Demand Response?

September 17, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Europe Demand Response

Europe’s appetite for demand response is growing, not just to provide grid stability, but for years to come. That’s opening up more money-making opportunities for European companies willing to turn over factory lines, HVAC systems, and other energy loads to serve those needs.[read more]

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Should Electricity Distribution Utilities Build, Own, and Operate Microgrids For Their Customers?

September 16, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Utilities and Microgrids

Rather than view microgrids as new competitors to traditional electricity distribution utilities, perhaps these local networks of distributed generators, smart electricity loads, and energy storage devices should be seen as a new business opportunity.[read more]

Hope For an Energy Rich, Sustainable Future

September 16, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Energy Future and Sustainability

If the rate of ocean heat uptake is the most fundamental single measure of the state of Earth’s climate, then ocean thermal energy conversion using a heat pipe is the single hope for an energy rich sustainable future, given, as I believe is the case, 97 percent of climate scientists are right.[read more]

What a Difference a Day Makes! The Value of Real-Time Electricity Data

September 16, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Real-Time Electricity Data

Imagine you’re trying to lose weight. If you step on the scale once a month, how can you possibly know how each of your daily decisions affects the number? Weighing yourself every day would be a step up, giving you a much clearer picture. Now imagine the potential results if you could access real-time data.[read more]

The Minimum Bill: A First Step to Fair Utility Rates in a Distributed Energy Age

September 16, 2014 by Jim Kennerly
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Distributed Energy and Utility Rates

Are utility business models facing long-term disruptive change? In recent years, declining solar costs have made this a question of when, not if. Thus, utilities in leading solar PV markets are attempting to buy enough time to retool their strategies.[read more]

Vivint Solar IPO: Residential Solar is Growing Up

September 16, 2014 by Elias Hinckley

Two weeks ago Vivint Solar registered for its initial public offering. Valued at $200 million, this looks to be the latest in a series of success stories in the residential solar market. The Vivint announcement follows the very successful run in SolarCity stock since its IPO in late 2012.[read more]

What is the Potential of Distributed Generation?

September 16, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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The Future of Distributed Generation

Solar PV has become the flagship technology of the distributed energy philosophy. This article therefore takes a fundamental look at the potential of distributed solar relative to utility scale solar in order to assess the overall potential of distributed generation.[read more]

The Politics of EPA Bashing Counter-Productive to Industry's Safety Goals

September 16, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe

Instead of spending money on a twitter campaign bashing the EPA, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce might take a lesson from the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) and play a similar constructive role in encouraging its members to self-police for safety and environmental protection.[read more]

Brookings Institute Argues for Lifting Crude Oil Export Restrictions

September 16, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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Oil Export Regulation

Larry Summers, former economic adviser to President Obama, gave a speech at a recent event presenting the case why the ban on United States crude oil exports should be lifted. The ban is a legacy policy from the 1970’s that is no longer relevant in today’s market.[read more]

New England Natural Gas Market 'Not Taking Full Advantage of Available Infrastructure'

September 15, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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New England and the Natural Gas Market

When temperatures plummeted across the Northeast last winter, spot natural gas prices along the Eastern Seaboard spiked to eye-popping levels causing many to call for additional pipeline capacity. However, as is often the case with energy issues, the situation is more complex than it may first appear.[read more]

Did Solar Capacity Beat Natural Gas in the First Half of 2014?

September 15, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Solar Capacity and Natural Gas

Last year, solar photovoltaics and concentrating solar power were the second-largest source of new generating capacity in the U.S. That trend continued through the first half of 2014, with solar coming in behind natural gas in terms of new power plant additions. Or did it?[read more]