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Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

August 21, 2014 by Matt Stanberry
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Combined Heat and Power

Combined Heat and Power, also called cogeneration, generates both electricity and useful heat from the same fuel source. CHP typically involves dedicated equipment to generate electricity, followed by recovery of exhaust/waste heat for use in industrial processes, space heating, or water heating.[read more]

The Argument for Why Utilities Should Give Up Operational Control of the Distribution Grid

August 21, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Regulators in New York are about to make one of the most important changes to the modern electric grid. But is it enough? As part of the state Public Service Commission's ongoing effort to reform the electricity system, distribution utilities may soon be turned into Distribution System Platform Providers.[read more]

Jet Stream Changes Driving Extreme Weather Linked Again To Global Warming, Arctic Ice Loss

August 21, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Jet Stream and Climate Change

California is suffering through drought, while the East Coast sees flooding. Both are worsened by global warming. But in recent years you may have noticed a disproportionate increase in record-smashing extreme weather and suspected that’s also linked to global warming.[read more]

Sustainability: Reconfiguring the Relationship Between Humanity, Energy, and the Natural World

August 21, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Sustainability and Relationships

A new ‘zeitgeist’ is increasingly taking hold in growing pockets of society, politics and the business world. All indications point to one direction – towards the concept of ‘sustainability’ dominating human behavior and thinking in the twenty-first century.[read more]

To Fight Climate Change we Have to Save the Rainforest

August 21, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy
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Rainforests and Climate Change

Most of us are concerned about how climate change will affect our corners of the world, but we need to be thinking about our most vital natural resources: tropical forests. Tropical and subtropical forests are the most biodiverse areas on the planet, and they even give us most of the oxygen we breathe.[read more]

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Renewable Energy Could Hit 36% Of Global Energy Use, But There's A Biomass Catch

August 20, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci
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Rnewables Growth and the Biogas Catch

Would you pay $2.50 to double sustainable energy’s share of the global energy market, reduce carbon dioxide emissions 8.6 gigatonnes (Gt), and create 900,000 new net jobs in the energy sector by 2030? Unless you’re firmly rooted in the fossil fuel industry, the answer is probably yes.[read more]

Regulators Approve Major Upgrades to California's Largest Low-Income Energy Efficiency Program

August 20, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Low-Income Energy Efficiency

The California Public Utilities Commission today unanimously adopted significant program enhancements for the state’s largest energy efficiency program dedicated to cutting bills and electricity waste for low-income households.[read more]

Utility 2.0: NY Utility Regulators Should Consider Change to "Formula for Success"

August 20, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Utility Regulators' New 'Formula'

Acquire more customers, sell more electricity. This primary formula has fueled the runaway success of utility companies. But in an era when customers are technologically savvy, price conscious, and environmentally aware, more families are pursuing opportunities that will cut electricity bills and carbon emissions.[read more]

Building Skills Among Renewable Industries' Workforce

August 20, 2014 by Dan Liggett

Rewables Workforce Skills

With increased global demand for energy and concerns over climate change, renewable energy industries worldwide are projected to be in a growth phase for the foreseeable future. That creates not only funding, political and infrastructure challenges, but workforce challenges as well.[read more]

Data Analytics: What Utilities Are Investing in Now

August 20, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Data Analytics and Utilities

Are data analytics the most important frontier for utilities seeking to modernize their businesses? Or, it just another buzz phrase pushed by companies selling software? GTM Research has been collecting some hard data on the subject, through its Grid Edge Deployment Tracker data service.[read more]

A Quiet Confession: China Cuts 2020 Shale Gas Goals in Half  

August 20, 2014 by Kate Rosow Chrisman

China and Shale Gas

China quietly cut its 2020 goals for shale gas, a goal that was so ambitious that few took the number seriously. The goal – to ramp up from zero commercial production of shale gas to 60-80 billion cubic meters by 2020 – was met with skepticism both inside and outside China when first announced.[read more]

From Orlando to the EPA: Innovative Strategies to Cut Carbon Pollution and Save Money for Cities, Businesses, and Consumers

August 20, 2014 by Peter Lehner
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Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson recently compared the climate crisis to the 2008 financial crisis. He said: We’ve seen and felt the costs of underestimating the financial bubble. Let’s not ignore the climate bubble. Case in point: Florida.[read more]

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Self-Driving Car Technology's Benefits, Potential Risks, and Solutions

August 19, 2014 by John Miller
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Future Cars and Future Effects

Developing ‘self-driving’ or ‘autonomous’ car technologies can make on-road travel safer and more efficient. What are the major challenges and needed improvements to successfully develop and market this very promising and innovative technology?[read more]

Recycling Old Batteries into Solar Cells

August 19, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Batteries Recycled Into Solar

This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles materials from discarded car batteries — a potential source of lead pollution — into new, long-lasting solar panels that provide emissions-free power.[read more]

Court Upholds FERC Order 1000: Major Victory for Clean Energy and Consumers

August 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

A federal court upheld in its entirety the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s groundbreaking electric grid planning rule known as Order 1000. The unanimous decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is a major win for clean energy, the environment, and consumers.[read more]

What the Green Revolution in Electronics Means for the Smart Grid

August 19, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

One of the oft-flogged analogies about the Smart Grid is that building it is like assembling a plane in flight. The challenges start with trying to overlay new technologies on top of older infrastructure, choosing winners and losers in competing standards, and melding together diverse equipment.[read more]